The Australian Contemplative Observatory



Due to a lack of resources the ACO has been dissolved however its former members and supporters are concentrating their efforts on the Centre for Contemplative Research which is to be built in Tuscany where students will gain training and experience under Lama Alan Wallace’s guidance. Click the link below to find out more:

What is a Contemplative Observatory?

It is a facility for long-term retreats where contemplatives of all Buddhist and non-Buddhist traditions can come to train their minds in the practices of Shamatha (refining attention), Vipashyana (contemplative inquiry) and the Four Immeasurables (cultivating loving kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity) and other practices which do not disturb the silence required by most meditators. Where meditators and scientists can collaborate together and where retreatants can follow the contemplative training presented by Alan, all the way up to its culmination at a very accessible cost or by scholarships and donations.

Who is Dr. B. Alan Wallace?

Dr Wallace is a renowned scholar and the president and founder of the Santa Barbara Institute. He is a highly regarded meditation teacher and he has studied with many great Lamas including His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Gyaltrul Rinpoche. He holds an undergraduate degree in Physics from Amherst and he also has a doctorate in Religious Studies from Stanford University. Dr Wallace is a leading edge pioneer in the interface of the classical contemplative traditions of Buddhism and the breakthrough insights of contemporary physics. Click here for source.