B. Alan Wallace on the Pursuits of Understanding, Happiness and Virtue

Posted on January 7, 2011


Alan Wallace

Alan Wallace

Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind.

Dr. Wallace, a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford.

With his unique background, Alan brings deep experience and applied skills to the challenge of integrating traditional Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with the modern world.

In this video, Alan Wallace comments on the universal message of the Pursuits of Understanding, Happiness and Virtue, from the Buddhist perspective. Explaining the interdependence of these three pursuits, he says that one cannot find the happiness that arises from within, without understanding one’s own nature and place in the world. Likewise, one cannot find happiness and understanding without living virtuously.

B. Allan Wallace’s website is http://www.alanwallace.org/