Alan Wallace is a prolific author and one of the most influential ones in Buddhist teachings. He is a translator, teacher, researcher, interpreter and meditation practitioner interested in the confluences and mutual contributions between contemplative traditions and cognitive science. He has participated as collaborator, interpreter and host in pioneer projects in this field such as the Mind and Life Institute’s dialogues, which have been taking place between the Dalai Lama and Western scientists since 1987 up to the present time. He strives to establish relationships and similarities between Eastern and Western scientific, philosophical and contemplative methods.
Alan Wallace is the author of over 20 books, has translated over 25 Tibetan Buddhism classic works and has published over 30 articles, as well as having given countless conferences, courses and retreats all over the world.
Dr. Wallace has been a Buddhist scholar and practitioner since 1970, and he has been teaching philosophy and meditation around the world since 1976. He was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, an endeavor to which he dedicated the following 14 years of his life. He later decided to return to the West, where he graduated in Physics and Philosophy of Science at Amherst College and later earned a doctorate in Religious Studies at Stanford University. He is currently the president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. In 2010, Dr. Wallace became director and president of the Thanyapura Mind Centre, in Phuket (Thailand). There, cognitive science and the teachings of contemplative practices are combined in residential meditation retreats every year. Along with Dr. Paul Ekman and Dr. Eve Ekman, Dr. Wallace has developed and directs Cultivating Emotional Balance, a 5 week training course for instructors validated by the University of California, San Francisco.