By Steven Libowitz   |   March 26, 2020

Alan Wallace – the founder and director of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and the motivating force behind the development of the Center for Contemplative Research in Tuscany, Italy – returned stateside due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is spending time in a remote cabin in Colorado for the now-in-progress Contemplative Path Through The Crisis: Inter-Contemplative Dialogues taking place in France.

Wallace, Benedictine monk Laurence Freeman, and Eva Natanya – “Buddhist and Christian Friends Serving Peace by Seeking Truth” – are conducting the dialogues and meditations representing different traditions, long personal practices and a common love for unity among all sources of wisdom. The events – which are being offered as a “way for us all to stay centered in the peace of the good heart, which is our common humanity, and the best source of hope for our turbulent world” come to a close on Saturday, March 28. Each of the transmissions has (or will be) recorded and several have already been posted online as a “free will offering” at

Wallace is also staying stateside for SBI’s annual eight-week spring retreat, intended to take place in Italy but now located on live stream for the April 1-May 27 duration that focuses on the opening presentations of śamatha and vipaśyanā in Düdjom Lingpa’s classic Dzogchen text “The Vajra Essence: From the Matrix of Pure Appearances and Primordial Consciousness, a Self-Emergent Tantra of the Nature of Existence.” Visit for details and registration for the podcasts.


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