World-leading wellbeing expert to speak at USC
One of the world’s leading scholars and teachers of enhancing wellbeing through managing the mind will be speaking to the public at a one-day event at the University of the Sunshine Coast in August.
Scientist and former Buddhist monk Dr B. Alan Wallace will present an interactive workshop on Inviting Wellbeing: Techniques for Balance and Flourishing at the Innovation Centre on Friday, August 19.
The accessible and informative event runs from 10am to 4.30pm and is open to anyone interested in learning skills to create greater emotional balance and happiness.
“Wellbeing is a skill that can be learned,” Dr Wallace said.
“Just as we can use diet and exercise to improve physical health, we can train in techniques that increase mental health and resilience.”
As well as guiding attendees through attention training techniques such as mindfulness, Dr Wallace will provide insights into the common ground shared by modern science and ancient wisdom traditions.
Based in the United States, Dr Wallace is an internationally renowned speaker and author on the integration of Western scientific approaches and contemplative practices to advance flourishing. He has presented at global wellbeing expos including the Happiness and Its Causes and Mind and Its Potential conferences in Sydney, and has written nine books on Buddhism and Science.
His unique background includes 14 years as a Tibetan Buddhist monk in Dharamsala, India, where he was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, for whom he worked as a translator.
After leaving the monastery, Alan embarked on a lengthy academic career which includes a degree in Physics and a Doctorate in Religious Studies.
He has lectured at Stanford University and founded the Mind and Life Institute and the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies.
The Inviting Wellbeing workshop is being hosted at the university by The Wellbeing Centre, which is a secular arm of Eudlo’s Chenrezig Institute, aimed at fostering wellbeing in the local community. The day costs $108 and includes lunch and morning and afternoon tea.
Dr Wallace will also be conducting a one-day Shamatha meditation retreat at Chenrezig Institute on Saturday, August 20. To book for either event go to: www.chenrezig.com.au/special/ or phone 5453 2108.
Inviting Wellbeing: Techniques for Balance and Flourishing
10am to 4.30pm
Friday, August 19
Innovation Centre, Sippy Downs
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