Upcoming Events

Fathom the Mind. Heal the World – Introducing CCR to Asia Pacific: video screening with expert panel and audience Q & A

Solitary cabin and landscape at Miyo Samten Ling

Sydney, Australia
Sunday 28th May 2023

Dr. B Alan Wallace established the Center for Contemplative Research (CCR) to help address the various global crises we face. CCR is a network of centers where trained contemplatives meditate for months and years to uncover the origins and potentials of consciousness, and factors for sustainable wellbeing, working with leading scientists in this endeavour.

Re-imagining the discipline of contemplative science, Dr. Wallace gave a public lecture titled “Fathom the Mind: Contemplative Science Can Heal the World” at the University of Canterbury in December 2022. Beginning with a guided meditation, an edited version of the lecture will be screened followed by a panel discussion with experts and audience Q&A. Attendees can learn about the CCR project and its potential positive impact on mental health.

Expert panel: Dr Tiziana Torresi (University of Adelaide, School of Social Sciences), Martin Ström (Psychologist, author and public speaker), Scott Abbott (Executive Director CCR Asia Pacific).

Sponsored by The Centre for Contemplative Research Aotearoa

Venue: Vajrayana Institute, 9 Victoria Square, Ashfield, (Sydney), Australia.

Volunteers needed for tree planting!

Solitary cabin and landscape at Miyo Samten Ling

Jhampa Ling, Matiri Valley, Tasman, New Zealand
Saturday 27th May to Sunday 9th July 2023

There is a lot happening at CCRA this month including preparation to plant 12,000 trees between May 27th to July 9th.

We are looking for incredible volunteers to contribute to this amazing project and take part in the planting efforts!

🙌 If you are interested in volunteering your time, please fill in this form and our team will be in contact ➡️

We will be planting both native and exotic trees in phases covering 67 acres on our Jhampa Ling (Matiri Valley, South Island, New Zealand) property.

💪The exotic trees will act as both pioneer plants, to aid the slower-growing native plants to thrive, and to establish forested areas for carbon sequestering, assisting in mitigating the effects of climate change.

You can also find our more information on the benefits of reforestation here ➡️

Sponsored by The Centre for Contemplative Research Aotearoa

Venue: Jhampa Ling, 780 Matiri Valley Road, Tasman, 7077 New Zealand.

Past New Zealand Events and Recordings

Refining Attention Skills with Dr. B. Alan Wallace

Solitary cabin and landscape at Miyo Samten Ling

Dunedin, New Zealand
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November 2022

Two-day in person meditation retreat

Dr Wallace is widely regarded as one of the West’s preeminent meditation teachers and retreat guides. He is also a prominent voice in the emerging discussion between contemporary Buddhist thinkers and scientists who question the materialist presumptions of their 20th-century paradigms. Dr Wallace 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.

During this retreat, Dr Wallace will provide guidance on how to develop shamatha (“serene presence of mind”) to cultivate an inner sense of ease, stillness, and clarity of attention. These qualities are the indispensable foundation for all meditative practices and are a direct route to genuine well-being.

The cultivation of such attentional balance and clarity has been found to enhance performance and creativity, reduce stress, support mental health, and lead to personal transformation in everyday life. Such attention skills are also central to the development of a focused mind and an open heart.

Sponsored by The Centre for Contemplative Research Aotearoa

Venue: Knox College, 3 Arden St, North East Valley, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Lama Tsongkhapa and the Great Perfection: with Dr. B. Alan Wallace and Dr. Eva Natanya

Solitary cabin and landscape at Miyo Samten Ling
Solitary cabin and landscape at Miyo Samten Ling

Nelson, New Zealand
Wednesday 30th November and Thursday 1st December 2022

Two-day in person retreat

Views of Emptiness, Dependent Origination, and the Indwelling Mind of Clear Light

Lama Alan Wallace and Eva Natanya will explore the profound unity and distinct qualities of the paths of the Great Perfection as explained within the Nyingma school and in Highest Yoga Tantra as explained by Lama Tsongkhapa.

Through listening and guided meditations, participants will come to understand the deeper compatibility between Geluk and Nyingma approaches to the Middle Way view, despite apparent differences, and discover how to make the ground of reality manifest within their own experience.

Sponsored by The Centre for Contemplative Research Aotearoa

Weekly Meditations with Glen Svensson

Solitary cabin and landscape at Miyo Samten Ling


Full recordings of Glen’s weekly meditation classes held last year for the Centre for Contemplative Research Aotearoa, from October 3rd 2021 to March 13th 2022 are available.