Wallace, B. Alan 1950-

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Wallace, B. Alan 1950-


Born April 17, 1950, in Pasadena, CA; son of David H. (a theologian) and Barbara N. (a travel agent) Wallace; married Vesna Acimovic, 1989; stepchildren: Sarah Volland. Education: Attended University of California, San Diego, 1968-71, University of Göttigen, 1970-71; studied Buddhism and Tibetan language in India, 1971-74, and Switzerland, 1975-79; Amherst College, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1987; Stanford University, M.A., 1992, Ph.D., 1995. Politics: Independent. Religion: Buddhist.


Home—Santa Barbara, CA. Office—Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, P.O. Box 3573, Santa Barbara, CA 93130. Agent—Patricia van der Leun, 954 Lexington Ave., Ste. 230, New York, NY 10021. E-mail—[email protected]


Tibet Institute, Rikon, Switzerland, lecturer, 1975-77; Center for Higher Tibetan Studies, Mount Pelerin, Switzerland, lecturer, 1977-79; interpreter for the Dalai Lama, 1979; University of Washington, Seattle, interpreter, 1982; American Institute of Buddhist Studies, Amherst, MA, lecturer, 1984-86; Amherst College, Amherst, lecturer, 1987; Stanford University, Stanford, CA, lecturer, 1992, visiting scholar in religious studies, 1995-97, instructor, 1997; University of California, Santa Barbara, lecturer in religious studies, 1997-2001; Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, Santa Barbara, president, 2003—. Mind and Life Research Network, project director, 1991-93; Mind and Life Institute, member of board of directors, beginning 1991; interpreter at symposiums, lectures, conferences, and dialogues.


Phi Beta Kappa.


Research grant, John E. Fetzer Foundation, 1995-96.


(Editor) Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, Tibetan Tradition of Mental Development, translated by Sherpa Tulku, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (Dharamsala, India), 1974, revised edition, 1992.

(With Kerrith McKenzie) Spoken Tibetan, Center for Higher Tibetan Studies (Mount Pelerin, Switzerland), 1985.

Choosing Reality: A Contemplative View of Physics and the Mind, Shambhala (Boston, MA), 1989, published as Choosing Reality: A Buddhist View of Physics and the Mind, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 1996.

A Passage from Solitude: A Modern Commentary on Tibetan Buddhist Mind Training, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 1992, published as The Seven-point Mind Training, 2004.

Tibetan Buddhism from the Ground Up, Wisdom Publications (Boston, MA), 1993.

The Bridge of Quiescence: Experiencing Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, Open Court Press (Chicago, IL), 1998, revised edition published as Balancing the Mind: A Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Refining Attention, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 2005.

(Editor, with Zara Houshmand and David Livingston, translator, and contributor) Consciousness at the Crossroads: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Brainscience and Buddhism, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 1999.

Boundless Heart: The Four Immeasurables, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 1999, published as The Four Immeasurables: Cultivating a Boundless Heart, 2004.

The Taboo of Subjectivity: Toward a New Science of Consciousness, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 2000.

Buddhism with an Attitude: The Tibetan Seven-point Mind Training, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 2001.

(Editor) Buddhism and Science: Breaking New Ground, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 2003.

Genuine Happiness: Meditation as the Path to Fulfillment, foreword by the Dalai Lama, John Wiley and Sons (Hoboken, NJ), 2005.

The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind, foreword by Daniel Goleman, Wisdom Publications (Boston, MA), 2006.

Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 2007.

Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 2007.

(With Brian Hodel) Embracing Mind: The Common Ground of Science and Spirituality, Shambhala (Boston, NY), 2008.

Contributor to books, including Buddhist Theology: Critical Reflections of Contemporary Buddhist Scholars, edited by John Makransky and Roger Jackson, Curzon Press (London, England), 1999; Toward a Science of Consciousness III: The Third Tucson Discussions and Debates, edited by Stuart Hameroff, Al Kaszniak, and David Chalmers, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA), 1999; Radiant Mind: Essential Buddhist Teachings and Texts, edited by Jean Smith, Riverhead Books (New York, NY), 1999; American Spiritualities: A Reader, edited by Catherine L. Albanese, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN), 2001; and Spiritual Information: 100 Perspectives, edited by Charles L. Harper, Jr., Templeton Foundation Press (West Conshohocken, PA), 2005. Contributor to periodicals, including Tibet Journal, Consciousness Studies Bulletin, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Network: Scientific and Medical Network Review, Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Tricycle: Buddhist Review, Buddhadharma: Practitioner's Quarterly, Current Directions in Psychology, Mandala: Tibetan Buddhist Journal, and Atlantic Monthly.

Wallace's books have been translated into Korean, Portuguese, French, Chinese, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Dutch.


(And editor) The Ambrosia Heart Tantra, annotations by Yeshi Dhonden, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (Dharamsala, India), 1976.

Sherab Gyaltsen Amipa, Waterdrop from the Glorious Sea: A History of the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Tibet Institute (Rikon, Switzerland), 1976.

(And editor) The Life and Teachings of Geshé Rabten, Allen & Unwin (London, England), 1980.

(With others) H.H. the Dalai Lama, Four Essential Buddhist Commentaries, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (Dharamsala, India), 1984.

Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, The Kalchakra Tantra, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (Dharamsala, India), 1986.

(With Jeffrey Hopkins and Dr. Lobsang Rabgyey) Yeshi Donden, Health through Balance: An Introduction to Tibetan Medicine, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 1986.

(And editor and annotator) H.H. the Dalai Lama, Transcendent Wisdom: A Commentary on the Ninth Chapter of Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 1988, 2nd edition, 1994.

(With Geshe Thubten Jinpa) H.H. the Dalai Lama, Worlds in Harmony: Dialogues on Compassionate Action, Parallax Press (Berkeley, CA), 1992.

(With Geshe Thubten Jinpa) H.H. the Dalai Lama, Gentle Bridges: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on the Sciences of Mind, Shambhala (Boston, MA), 1992.

Gen Lamrimpa, Samatha Meditation: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Cultivating Meditative Quiescence, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 1992, also published as Calming the Mind: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on the Cultivation of Meditative Quiescence, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 1995.

(With Sangye Khandro) Gyatrul Rinpoche, Ancient Wisdom: Nyingma Teachings of Dream Yoga, Meditation, and Transformation, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 1993, published as Meditation, Transformation, and Dream Yoga, 2002.

(With wife, Vesna A. Wallace) A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 1997.

(With Geshe Thubten Jinpa) Francisco J. Valera, editor, Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying: An Exploration of Consciousness with the Dalai Lama, Wisdom Publications (Boston, MA), 1997.

(With Geshe Thubten Jinpa) Daniel Goleman, editor, Healing Emotions: Conversations with the DalaiLama on Mindfulness, Emotions, and Health, Shambhala (Boston, MA), 1997.

(And editor) Natural Liberation: Padmasambhava's Teachings on the Six Bardos, with commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche, Wisdom Publications (Boston, MA), 1998.

(And editor) Karma Chagmé, A Spacious Path to Freedom: Practical Instructions on the Union of Mahamudra and Atiyoga, commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 1998.

Gen Lamrimpa, Realizing Emptiness: The Madhyamaka Cultivation of Insight, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 1999, reprinted as Realizing Emptiness: Madhyamaka Insight Meditation, 2002.

Gen Lamrimpa, Transcending Time: The Kālacakra Six-Session Guruyoga, Wisdom Publications (Boston, MA), 1999.

(And editor) Yeshi Dhonden, Healing from the Sources: The Science and Lore of Tibetan Medicine, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 2000.

(And coeditor) Karma Chagmé, Naked Awareness: Practical Teachings on the Union of Mahāmudrā and Dzogchen, with commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 2000.

Düdjom Lingpa, The Vajra Heart Tantra: A Tantra Naturally Arisen from the Nature of Existence from the Matrix of Primordial Awareness of Pure Perception, Yeshe Nyingpo Publications (Ashland, OR), 2001.

(With Geshe Thupten Jinpa) Daniel Goleman, editor, Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama, Bantam Doubleday (New York, NY), 2002.

(With Tsong-kha-pa) The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Volume 3, Snow Lion (Ithaca, NY), 2003.

(With Geshe Thupten Jinpa) Arthur Zajonc, editor, The New Physics and Cosmology: Dialogues with the Dalai Lama, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 2004.

Düdjom Lingpa, The Vajra Essence: From the Matrix of Primordial Consciousness and Pure Appearances, a Tantra on the Self-arisen Nature of Existence, Mirror of Wisdom Publications (Ashland, OR), 2004.



Huffington Post, November 29, 2006, Paula Gordon, "Be Happy, Start a Revolution," interview.

Inquiring Mind: Semiannual Journal of the Vipassana Community, spring, 2004, "Scientific Mind, Buddhist Mind," interview, pp. 22-25; spring, 2006, "Mindfulness: The Heart of Buddhist Meditation?," interview, pp. 4-7, 28-29.

Science & Theology News, December, 2004, "Altruism in Science Can Learn from Buddhism," interview, p. 11.

Tricycle: Buddhist Review, summer, 2001, "Tibetan Buddhism in the West: Is It Working?," interview, pp. 54-63.

Yoga & Health, February, 2005, Sarah Lionheart, "Interview with Alan Wallace," pp. 9-10.


B. Alan Wallace Home Page,http://www.alanwallace.org (July 26, 2008).

Mind and Reality,http://mindandreality.org/ (February 26, 2006), Rob M. Hogendoorn, interview of Alan Wallace.

Salon,http://www.salon.com/ (November 27, 2006), Steve Paulson, "Buddha on the Brain," interview.


Leonard Lopate Show, New York Public Radio, April 28, 2006.

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