Alan Wallace Talks with Buddhist Geeks Podcast about the Science behind Meditation

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Alan Wallace, Ph.D. in religious studies and Tibetan Monk ordained by the Dalai Lama, has been leading meditators in one of the most extensive studies of long-term effects of meditation-The Shamatha Project. Dr. Wallace sat down with the hosts of the Buddhist Geeks Podcast to share his reflections on the project. Buddhist Geeks is a free podcast exploring Buddhism and meditation in western youth.

B. Alan Wallace Ph.D., renowned Buddhist teacher and scholar, shares his reflections on the recently completed Shamatha Project in a two-part interview with Buddhist Geeks ( The Shamatha Project is one of the most extensive scientific studies on the long-term benefits of meditation practice ever conducted. Dr. Wallace shares his initial impressions of how the project went, as well as the benefits derived by the participants who spent months meditating.

The interview also explores the potential impact that a study of this magnitude could have on the scientific community as well as the culture-at-large. Questions that the study aimed to answer included, "Is it possible to train attention?" & "Does meditation have an effect on ethics?". While the answers may be obvious to meditators, having them scientifically validated could have a major impact on the fields of education, mental health, and psychology.

Buddhist Geeks ( is a weekly web radio show that presents ground-breaking interviews and discussions with Buddhist teachers, scholars, and advanced practitioners.

Part 1 of the two-part series: Reverberations from The Shamatha Project


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