Cultivating Emotional Balance
Restoring Meaning & Purpose
Cultivating Emotional Balance is an adult training which arose from a dialogue between biobehavioral scientists studying emotion and the Dalai Lama, Buddhist monks, and scholars at the Mind and Life Institute in Dharamsala, India in March of 2000. This meeting was one in a series sponsored by the Mind and Life Institute to foster an interchange between Contemplative traditions and Western science.
At this meeting, the Dalai Lama asked scientists if they could conduct research to determine whether or not secularized Buddhist practices would be helpful to Westerners dealing with “destructive” emotional experiences. In response to this request, Dr. Paul Ekman and Dr. B. Alan Wallace, developed a 42 hour evidence based training program that integrates contemplative practices with Western techniques for dealing with negative emotional experiences.
The goal of the CEB training program is to impart skills for reducing emotional responses that are destructive to self and others, while enhancing positive mental states of serenity, kindness, compassion, altruism and pro-social behavior.