PEOPLE

TRUSTEES OF THE CENTRE FOR CONTEMPLATIVE RESEARCH AOTEAROA

B. Alan Wallace

Cathi Graham

Jane Johnson

Joe Llewellyn

Paul Kelly

Marc Talloen

B. Alan Wallace, Founder, President and Director of Contemplative Training

B. Alan Wallace, PhD

One of the world’s leading scholars, writers, and teachers of Tibetan Buddhism and its relation to science, Dr. Wallace was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and devoted fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk. He earned an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford University. He is the founder and director of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and the Centers for Contemplative Research. Dr. Wallace has become an outspoken advocate for a revolution in the mind sciences, one that will replace the current paradigm of materialist reductionism with a new paradigm in which objective research is augmented and completed by rigorous first-person, contemplative methods of inquiry into the nature and potentials of the mind.

Cathi Graham

Cathi is devoting her retirement to practising meditation after a career in teaching and as a television and radio journalist in London and New Zealand. She spent seven years in India, six of those studying with Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, Uttar Pradesh. In 1983 she invited Geshe Dhargyey to visit New Zealand and shortly afterwards she and Jane Johnson founded the Dhargyey Buddhist Centre in Dunedin.

Jane Johnson

Jane’s interest in Buddhism dates from the 1970’s, when she helped establish one of the first Buddhist centres in Auckland, New Zealand. Later she helped to set up the Dhargyey Buddhist Centre in Dunedin and is still an active board member, supporting the activities at the centre and enjoying the time to study, reflect, and meditate after a life-long career in education. For the last 18 years of her career, Jane was principal of Logan Park High School. She is committed to social justice and inclusivity.

Paul Kelly

Paul has a background in international finance and is Treasurer for CCR Aotearoa.

Joe Llewellyn

Joe works in the field of equity, diversity, and inclusion. He has a PhD in peace and conflict studies focusing on nonviolence. Joe has a background in activism, and has supported many social justice causes, including that of Tibet. He has been interested in Buddhism from a young age and became a committed Buddhist practitioner after meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he visited New Zealand.

Marc Talloen

Marc is a retired entrepreneur with experience in establishing projects, business activities and companies at an international level. He is motivated by CCR’s aim to establish Contemplative Research Observatories around the world that ultimately seek to create a happier more peaceful community and world. Marc is inspired by HH Dalai Lama and Lama Alan’s vision. He believes it’s paramount to create a conducive environment for contemplatives and scientists to explore the inner sources of mental conflict and distress, the roots of genuine well-being, and the origins, nature, and potentials of the mind.

Scott Abbott

As Regional Coordinator for CCR Asia Pacific and Assistant Scientific Program Director CCR International, Scott loves working at the interface of science and society. Using his skills from a decade working in international research dissemination, he supports and coordinates the various projects that make up CCR Asia Pacific. A firm believer in the transformative power of free and open access to peer reviewed research, he sees the marriage of CCR’s world-leading contemplative science with philosophy, physics, psychology and neuroscience and the sharing of those insights through education, health, economic and climate sustainability as the most effective means to transform and heal our world at scale.