MaMa Charitable Foundation

Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies



MaMa Charitable Foundation
Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies Event Series 2015/16


Mindfulness & Consciousness Ma Ma Charitable Foundation Visiting Professor 2015-16

Professor B. Alan Wallace

President, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, U.S.A.


Professor B. Alan Wallace has taught Buddhist meditation and philosophy worldwide since 1976. He holds an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Stanford University. He is the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies.


5-Day Meditation Retreat
The Way of Śamatha: Soothing the Body, Stilling the Mind, and Illuminating Awareness

DATE: 22-26 January 2016

Room shared by 6 persons - HKD2,000/person
Room shared by 3 persons - HKD2,700/person

VENUE: HKU Kadoorie Centre (Lam Kam Road, Shek Kong, Yuen Long, N.T., HK)




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Lecture Series
A Buddhist View of Mindfulness and Consciousness

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Lecture 1

Buddhist and Psychological Views of Mindfulness


Time: 7 - 9 pm on 21 Jan 2016 (Thur)
Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong


This lecture will focus on the differences between Buddhist and modern psychological definitions of mindfulness. It will also evaluate “mindfulness meditation” and examine it within the rich context of Buddhist theory and practice, in which mindfulness is identified as a mental factor that is vital for all aspects of spiritual practice, including ethics, mental balance, and insight.


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Lecture 2

Cultivating Mental Balance: A Buddhist View


Time: 7 - 9 pm on 27 Jan 2016 (Wed)
Venue: Wang Gungwu Lecture Theatre, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong


This lecture will examine four aspects of mental balance—conative, attentional, cognitive, and emotional—as viewed from a Buddhist perspective. Analyzing each of these aspects in terms of deficit, hyperactivity, and dysfunction, it will also present traditional Buddhist methods for cultivating enhanced mental health and balance.


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Lecture 3

A Radically Empirical Approach to the Exploration of Consciousness


Time: 7 - 9 pm on 29 Jan 2016 (Fri)
Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong


While modern cognitive science explores the mind primarily by way of its neural correlates and behavioral expressions, Buddhism presents a radically empirical approach by directly examining mental states and process. Such inquiry is based on the sophisticated development of attention and introspection and has yielded insight into three dimensions of consciousness.


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MaMa Charitable Foundation
Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies Lecture Series 2014/15



Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, HK


Lecture 1

胡僧 Hu Seng: Foreign Monks

3-5 pm on April 12, 2015 (Sunday)


Buddhist images and narrative paintings played a vital part in the transmission of Buddhism to China and beyond, while undergoing considerable changes along the way. Buddhist sutras were translated into Chinese by teams of translators, sometimes even classified in terms of literary style, and Buddhist legends were rendered by means of bianwen 變文"altered narratives" and bianxiang 變相 "altered images". Visual evidence at Dunhuang and elsewhere remains to attest some of the activities of monks, and the creation and dissemination of images by moulds, stencils, and woodblock prints.


Lecture 2

飛來 Come Flying: How Buddhist images came to China

7-9 pm on April 17, 2015 (Friday)


On the one hand we can trace some of the practical ways in which Buddhist images may have reached East Asia, and how they changed character in the process. On the other, in some cases we find a more imaginative or romantic scenario: the expressions feilai, Come Flying and tengkong, Riding the Clouds suggest a supernatural transmission, even when, as at Feilaifeng (The Peak that Came Flying) close to the famous West Lake in Hangzhou, the images are patently carved right there from the solid granite of the cliff. For the majority, their iconography is not in doubt, yet, in between these two extremes, some images, whose character seems to imply their special importance, still remain unexplained.


Lecture 3

瑞像 Auspicious Images: Wang Xuance and Song Fazhi

3-5 pm on April 19, 2015 (Sunday)


The most tangible evidence of all comes from the records of two travellers to India. Returning to China after an absence of sixteen years, the monk Xuanzang brought not only the latest doctrines in the form of manuscripts to be translated into Chinese, but also seven images, all of them small enough to be portable: sadly, none of them have survived. His secular contemporary Wang Xuance, however, has fared better in this respect, although only snippets of his written account survive: on his second journey he was accompanied by Song Fazhi, an artist who made drawings of ruixiang, Auspicious Images. On their return to the Tang capital, Song Fazhi’s drawings were copied, and were the basis for one remarkable painting on silk, discovered in the Library cave at Dunhuang, which, although fragmentary, still features some sixteen images.



MaMa Charitable Foundation
Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies Lecture Series 2013/14



CPD 3.28, 3/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, HK


Lecture 1

Buddhism: Bio-ethics and the Concept of Body

3-5 pm on Oct 19, 2013 (Saturday)


With the new advances in genetics, it is now possible to have intervention in the natural process. Creating a new body of ethics for these new procedures have both social and religious implications.


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Lecture 2

Buddhism: Higgs Boson and the Search for Cause

3-5 pm on Oct 26, 2013 (Saturday)


Psychics has taken a major step forward in determining the causal chain of matter and antimatter. Causality remains difficult to determine and especially the definition of “First Cause”. Buddhism has taught that such an event cannot be discovered.


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Lecture 3

Buddhism: What and Where is Consciousness

3-5 pm on Nov 2, 2013 (Saturday)


Consciousness studies have come to the fore with the advent of remote sensing of brain activity. Locating consciousness and defining it are still tasks to be explored. Can consciousness exist outside the Sensorium?


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MaMa Charitable Foundation

Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies Lecture Series 2012/13


Video of the lectures

- Lecture 1 The Relevance of Morality: How Buddhism Sees it (Presentation slides:



- Lecture 2 Pursuit of Happiness: The Buddhist Way (Presentation slides:



- Lecture 3 Buddhism and the Issue of Religious Fundamentalism (Presentation slides:







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