B. Alan Wallace

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Bruce Alan Wallace (born 1950) is a writer, scholar and translator. His primary Buddhist training is in Tibetan Buddhism, where he has served as an interpreter for the 14th Dalai Lama and other prominent teachers. He has also studied forms of South Asian Buddhism. He scholarly work focuses on the intersection of Buddhist thought and Western science and philosophy.

He has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976.[1]

He is the founder of the following institutions:

  • the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies
  • the Center for Contemplative Research in Crestone, Colorado
  • the Center for Contemplative Research in Tuscany, Italy

Brief biography

B. Alan Wallace and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

From alanwallace.org:

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 of the Center for Contemplative Research in Crestone, Colorado.[2]

Selected works


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Selected videos:

  • The Nature of Reality: A Dialogue Between a Buddhist Scholar and a Theoretical Physicist
    Description: Alan Wallace, a world-renowned author and Buddhist scholar trained by the Dalai Lama, and Sean Carroll, a world-renowned theoretical physicist and best-selling author, discuss the nature of reality from spiritual and scientific viewpoints. Their dialogue is mediated by theoretical physicist and author Marcelo Gleiser, director of Dartmouth’s Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement.
  • Prof. B. Alan Wallace talks on “The Buddhist Science of Mind.”
    Description: Prof. B. Alan Wallace, dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, talks on “The Buddhist Science of Mind” for the general public at LTWA Buddhist Philosophy Hall. 28th November, 2017


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