Оюунлаг Оршихуй уулзалтын энэ удаагийн дугаарын зочин Alan Wallace (the founder and president of theSanta Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies)-тай хийсэн бие халаах товч ярилцлага. Тэрээр Лондон хотод цөөн хоногоор амарч явах хугацаандаа Оюунлаг Оршихуй ярианд оролцох бидний урилгыг хүлээн авсан билээ. Уулзалт 6 сарын 15-ны Даваа гарагт 18:30-аас элчин сайдын яамнаа зохион байгуулагдана.
Prof. A.Wallce, Firstly, Thank you so much for accepting our invitation to give us a talk, even you are on your holiday here.
You were born in a Christian family and studied physics as your first degree. Then you decided to study Buddhism and stayed in India over decade for studying and meditating Buddhism. What led you to choose this path of life?
Prof. Alan Wallace My initial university studies were in biology. Years later, while I was still a Buddhist monk, I completed my undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science.
I discontinued my university studies in 1971 to go to India to study Buddhism out of an aspiration to lead a more meaningful life that would culminate in spiritual awakening, or enlightenment. Here is a lengthier biosketch:
Alan Wallace is the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. Inspired by a classic Tibetan Buddhist treatise on the nature and potentials of consciousness, he started his studies of Tibetan Buddhism, language, and culture in 1970 at the University of Göttingen in Germany. Over the course of the next 14 years, he continued his studies in various countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and the United States. In 1975, he was ordained as a Buddhist monk by H. H. the Dalai Lama and lived as a fully ordained monk for 12 years.
In 1979, he served as a translator to H.H the Dalai Lama during his first teaching tour in the West. Since the founding of the founding of the Mind and Life institute in 1987, he has acted as an organizer and interpreter for talks by H.H the Dalai Lama and meetings between the Dalai Lama and leading philosophers and scientists. Due to the lack of support for the monastic lifestyle in the West, he chose to return his vows in 1987 and to continue devoting himself wholeheartedly to the practice and teaching of contemplative theory and practice as a layperson.
In 1987, he graduated from Amherst College as an independent scholar with an emphasis on physics, the philosophy of science, and Sanskrit. Thereafter, he went on to obtain a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford University. In recognition of his contribution to the study of Buddhism and the philosophy of science and the mind, he was offered a position in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he taught Tibetan Buddhism, language and culture, as well as the interface between Science and religion. He left his position at the University of California in 2001.
In 2003, he established the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, a non-profit organization dedicated to synthesizing scientific and contemplative inquiry into the nature and potential of the human consciousness. He has written, edited, translated and contributed to more than 40 books and publications on Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, language, and culture, and the interface between science and religion.
How far has the science progressed in studying Buddhism?
It’s still in its very early phase, just scratching the surface.
Thank you for sparing some of your valuable time. Looking forward to meeting you soon.