Inglés con traducción simultánea al español
English with simultaneous translation into Spanish
El evento será en inglés y estará traducido simultaneamente al español
The event will be in English and simultaneously translated into Spanish
En vivo 100% online
100% live online
Una vez te inscribas te daremos las instrucciones para que puedas conectarte en vivo desde Zoom
Once you sign up, we'll give you instructions on how to connect live from Zoom
¡Grabaremos las ponencias!
We'll record the teachings!
Inscribiéndote en este encuentro accederás a nuestra plataforma online donde iremos subiendo los videos de las ponencias tanto en versión original como traducida
By registering for this seminar you will access our online platform where we will be uploading the videos of the presentations in both original and translated versions
Aprender de uno de los maestros más importantes de filosofía buddhista a nivel internacional desde tu hogar, y con traducción simultánea en español
Learn with one of the most important teachers of Buddhist philosophy from your home
Disponer de los vídeos en tu plataforma para verlos cuando te sea más conveniente
Have the videos available on your platform to watch at your convenience
Acceder a sus enseñanzas y prácticas guiadas a un precio especial por Covid-19
Access to all the teachings and guided practices at a special price by Covid-19
Seminar with Alan Wallace
The Inner Causes of Distress and Well-being
Buddhist Psychological, Philosophical, and Contemplative Insights for the Modern World
Live Online, via Zoom
In cooperation with Paramita, Centro Budista Sakya and Santa Bárbara Institute for Consciousness StudiesA major cause of the crisis we are facing is the ignorance and confusion about the true causes of psychological distress and happiness. Under the domination of a consumerist and hedonic paradigm, and while we seek to be free of suffering, we actually perpetuate it in the long term, destroying our natural environment and hiding important and necessary aspects for the well-being of all in the long run.
In this seminar Alan Wallace will offer teachings and guide practices oriented to elucidate the causes of affliction and genuine well-being according to the perspectives of the different developments of Buddhist philosophy, known as "the three turnings of the Dharma wheel":
- The first, based on the Four Noble Truths
- The second, based on the "Perfection of Wisdom", and the "Bodhisattva ideal"
- The third, based on the "Buddha-nature", or primordial consciousness
Talks on these topics will be complemented by guided meditations and periods for open discussion.
Structure3 live online modules, via Zoom
The sessions will be recorded and available to the participant on e.nirakara.org
- First module, Psychological Insights, September 1-4
- Second module, Philosophical Insights, September 29 to October 2
- Third module, Contemplative Insights, October 20-23
Timetable: from 5 to 9 pm
Buddhist Psychological Insights into the Inner Causes of Distress and Well-being
In this opening seminar we will begin by distinguishing between worldly pleasure and genuine well-being and exploring the inner causes of both. We will then turn to the evident causes of distress, including mental agitation, distraction, rumination, and mind- wandering, and engage in meditative practices to overcome them.
Going deeper, we will examine the subtle causes of distress, including craving and attachment, hostility and hatred, and ignorance and delusion, taking care to define each of these mental afflictions. Finally, we will seek to understand the ground-state of consciousness, known as the substrate consciousness, which is naturally pure and luminous, as well as our capacity of loving-kindness, and how to cultivate it.
Buddhist Philosophical Insights into the Inner Causes of Distress and Well-being
A fundamental cause of distress is grasping to the inherent existence not only of oneself but of all other phenomena, resulting in dualistic grasping. This involves viewing oneself and other, subject and object, as being radically separate.
The remedy for this mental affliction is experientially exploring the interrelatedness of all phenomena, and recognizing how our own perceptions and conceptions structure how we view ourselves and the rest of the world. As for the fundamental causes of well-being, we must fathom the nature of the mind, recognizing whether it exists as an autonomous entity or is empty of inherent existence and thus interwoven with the world that we perceive.
Secondly, self-centeredness—regarding one’s own well-being as more important than anyone else’s—is identified as a root cause of distress. The remedy for this is to cultivate great compassion, loving-kindness, empathetic joy, and impartiality, and to aspire to realize perfect spiritual awakening for the benefit of all beings.
Buddhist Contemplative Insights into the Inner Causes of Distress and Well-beingThe existential cause of distress is failing to know who we actually are, and the existential cause of genuine well-being is recognizing our own buddha-nature. Rather than identifying with the body or mind, we seek to understand the nature of awareness itself, penetrating even beyond the substrate consciousness to the timeless dimension of primordial consciousness, which is said to be the root of all distress and well-being.
This unborn mind is “the mind of the Buddha”, and it is without birth or destruction. Finally, we will relate this view of the ultimate nature of the mind with recent advances in modern physics, which highlight the nature of consciousness as a fundamental element of reality as a whole.
Dr. Alan Wallace is a prolific author and one of the most influential within the Buddhist teachings. He is a translator, teacher, researcher, interpreter and meditation practitioner interested in the confluences and mutual contributions between the contemplative traditions and the cognitive sciences, having participated as a collaborator and speaker and in pioneering projects such as the Mind and Life Institute.