The Shamatha Project is an experiment, started in 2007, to unlock and document the Power of the Focused Mind. Recent studies of the effects of meditation practices on stress management and emotional stability and of meditation as a therapeutic agent have produced exciting results. But the studies conducted to date have been short-term and have generally used non-intensive interventions. The Shamatha Project includes a team of talented neuroscientists and psychologists in a longer-term study, with state-of-the-art methods, to examine the effects of intensive meditation training on attention, cognitive performance, emotion regulation, and health.

This effort, the Shamatha Project, garnered the endorsement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and initial funding from three private foundations, The Fetzer Institute, the Hershey Family Foundation, and the Yoga Research and Education Foundation. The training methods, taught by Dr. Alan Wallace, included deep, intensive meditation training that fosters attentional vividness and stability as well as compassion, loving-kindness, empathetic joy, and equanimity. The expected benefits included greater attentional control and increased ability to regulate emotions and apply prosocial values and motives.

These are the related podcasts:

Shamatha Project Podcast 1 Shamatha Project Podcast 3 Shamatha Project Podcast 5
Shamatha Project Podcast 2 Shamatha Project Podcast 4 Shamatha Project Podcast 6

For more MP3s and information and Dharma talks, please visit which offers a generous collection of B. Alan Wallace’s talks and his Podcast Series.

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