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‘Attention in Common’ – A Residency with Alan Wallace (Online)

Alan Wallace's theme will identify essential elements of universal wisdom and unified consciousness in straightforward and practical ways.
Alan Wallace

Leader

Alan Wallace

Alan Wallace is a prominent voice in the emerging discussion between contemporary Buddhist thinkers and scientists who question the materialist presumptions of their 20th-century paradigms. He left his college studies in 1971 and moved to Dharamsala, India to study Tibetan Buddhism, medicine and language. He was ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama, and over fourteen years as a monk he studied with and translated for several of the generation’s greatest lamas. In 1984 he resumed his Western education at Amherst College where he studied physics and the philosophy of science. He then applied that background to his PhD research at Stanford on the interface between Buddhism and Western science and philosophy. Since 1987 he has been a frequent translator and contributor to meetings between the Dalai Lama and prominent scientists, and he has written and translated more than 40 books. Along with his scholarly work, Alan is regarded as one of the West’s preeminent meditation teachers and retreat guides. He is the founder and director of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and is the motivating force behind the development of the Center for Contemplative Research in Tuscany, Italy.

Date

15 - 17 Sep, 2022

Location

WCCM - Online

Each year some teachers who are friends of the WCCM spend an extended time at Bonnevaux. They may come to retreat, to write and share the life of the resident community. For a week they offer a more informal conversation with the members and guests present which may also become an online session. The culmination of their residency is a retreat or seminar which they lead as an in-person event sometimes also broadcast online live.

In his lifelong, intensive service of truth, Alan Wallace combines the study of physics and the philosophy of science with monastic training, scholarship and personal contemplative practice. His research through the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and the Centre for Contemplative Research restores the dimension of ‘subjective’ personal experience to authentic knowledge and directly challenges materialism as the prevailing false prejudice of our time. His books, such as Mind in the Balance and Stilling the Mind, and his frequent talks and retreats have led many to find new horizons in the quest for consciousness.

He questions the popular polarisation of Buddhism as a rejection God and of Christianity as a dependency on God created in the human image. In frequent dialogue with others from the contemplative and mystical traditions he has found a point of convergence without confusion that liberates modern seekers from their conditioning without making them break with their roots.
Alan’s theme will identify essential elements of universal wisdom and unified consciousness in straightforward and practical ways. From this he will speculate on the changing shape of religion and spiritual consciousness and how this gives promise and hope for a less self-destructive and self-centred world.

All our events taking place at Bonnevaux offer an opportunity to discover the rich cultural and historical French and European heritage of the 12th-century Abbaye de Bonnevaux, as well as to explore the varied and natural beauty of the land which we cultivate as a model of ecological responsibility.

ARRIVAL : Tuesday 13 September, check-in : 14:00 – 17:00

DEPARTURE : Sunday 18 September, 14:00

CONTRIBUTION : 775 euros for the retreat and full room and board

This retreat offers two meal options – please ensure you choose the option that best suits your needs. Leaving this blank results in the Non-vegetarian option selected. Please note that food may contain some common allergens (e.g. nuts).

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The prices reflect the need to achieve self sufficiency. Therefore if you’re able to give a little more we would be very grateful. If you need a concession please let us know. We do not turn anybody away for lack of resource.

 

Cancellation

— Please ensure you have travel insurance in place as we cannot refund cancelled travel for any reason.
 
— If you cancel your Bonnevaux booking up to 30 days before the event starts, you will be refunded the full cost of the event.  Cancellations occurring within 30 days of the event start will be offered a voucher for a future event. Bonnevaux reserves the right to cancel events at any point – cancellations occurring within 30 days prior to the event start date will be subject to the voucher refund policy only.3 September

MEMBERSHIP FEE ** – 10€

Membership fee is paid once per year, valid strictly from Jan – Dec.

** by French law you must be a ‘member‘ of the charity (association ABP) Abbaye de Bonnevaux – Centre Pour la Paix in order to participate at an on-the-ground event at Bonnevaux – 86370 Marçay, France.

Membership is non-binding. It simply means that you are invited to attend the annual general meeting if you wish and that you may receive information about our events during the year.

The Abbey of Bonnevaux is the spiritual home of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) which includes a Conference and Retreat Centre dedicated to peace. The on-the-ground activities of the Abbey are organized under the responsibility of l’Association Abbaye de Bonnevaux – Centre pour le Paix (ABP).  The Association, which is governed by the French law of 1st July 1901, is registered in Poitiers under the reference RNA: W863007299. 
Address : Bonnevaux, 86370 Marçay, France.
Phone number : 06 33 43 71 71 / 06 61 96 57 74.
José Pype (President of the Association); Giovanni Felicioni (Associate Director and Programme Manager)
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Alan Wallace

Leader

Alan Wallace

Alan Wallace is a prominent voice in the emerging discussion between contemporary Buddhist thinkers and scientists who question the materialist presumptions of their 20th-century paradigms. He left his college studies in 1971 and moved to Dharamsala, India to study Tibetan Buddhism, medicine and language. He was ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama, and over fourteen years as a monk he studied with and translated for several of the generation’s greatest lamas. In 1984 he resumed his Western education at Amherst College where he studied physics and the philosophy of science. He then applied that background to his PhD research at Stanford on the interface between Buddhism and Western science and philosophy. Since 1987 he has been a frequent translator and contributor to meetings between the Dalai Lama and prominent scientists, and he has written and translated more than 40 books. Along with his scholarly work, Alan is regarded as one of the West’s preeminent meditation teachers and retreat guides. He is the founder and director of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and is the motivating force behind the development of the Center for Contemplative Research in Tuscany, Italy.

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