The Thanyapura Mind Centre (TMC) is at the forefront of the global movement seeking to bring the benefits of mental training into the modern mainstream. The Mind Centre endeavours to make these mental training practices accessible to all, by offering a regular calendar of world-class meditation, psychology, yoga and related programmes. Programmes at the Mind Centre are open to all and are delivered on a non-sectarian basis. The Centre offers a year-round calendar of classes, retreats and conferences. These programmes are customized for a wide variety of audiences, including beginners, experienced practitioners, individuals, families, corporate groups and sports teams. Through its unique mind-body partnership with the Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club, the Mind Centre offers cutting-edge Sports Mindfulness training to complement athletes’ physical training. Additionally, the Centre offers Corporate Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence training through a variety of on-site and off-site programmes.
Recent programmes at the Mind Centre have been led by such internationally recognized teachers as:
B. Alan Wallace Paul Ekman
Robert Thurman Roshi Joan Halifax
Matthieu Ricard Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi.
The Centre is dedicated to being a leader in bringing ancient contemplative practices together with rigorous modern scientific methods. In conjunction with this effort, the Centre has partnered with several major universities in conducting research programmes on location at Thanyapura.
Sports Mindfulness Training programs
The Centre offers a unique menu of mental training to extend athletes’ physical stamina, while improving focus, resilience and impulse control while maintaining “flow’’.
Corporate Mindfulness Training programmes
Executive leadership and staff development programs, tailored to the high-pressured corporate workplace, are designed to enhance focus, productivity and creativity, while simultaneously helping to reduce and manage stress.
Chairman of Thanyapura Mind Centre
B. Alan Wallace at the Thanyapura Mind Centre is also 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, B. Alan Wallace served as a translator to H.H the Dalai Lama during his first teaching tour in the west. Since 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 summa cum laude 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 30 books and publications on Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, language, and culture, and the interface between science and religion.