B. Alan Wallace, celebrated Buddhist contemplative and philosopher and a student of physics, believes a balanced mind is not only the key to an active, fulfilling and joyful life, it may also help unlock the secrets of the universe.
“It pretty much defines the way I teach,” he explains. “Whatever I am teaching always comes back to the theme of balance, which is just another way of saying ‘middle way’. So yes, I am very keen on balance.”
Dr Wallace has been a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, a passion which he has more recently combined with his scientific studies to further his understanding of the human mind. Having spent 14 years training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, he returned to the US to earn an undergraduate degree in physics, the philosophy of science at Amherst College, and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford. His subsequent career has been a groundbreaking attempt to integrate these two worlds.
Interview by Cynthia Sciberras – Words by Andrea O’Driscoll