Born in California in 1950, Alan Wallace began his studies of Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan language at the University of Göttingen, West Germany in 1970. He continued his studies for three years at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives and the Buddhist School of Dialects in Dharamsala, India. For a period of four years he studied, taught and interpreted for numerous Tibetan lamas at the Tibet Institute and the Centre for Higher Tibetan Studies, both in Switzerland. After a thirteen year absence from western academia, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Amherst College, summa cum laude, where, as an Independent Scholar, he researched the philosophical foundations of modern physics in light of Buddhist philosophy. He has translated and published several books on Tibetan Buddhism, language and medicine and is currently the spiritual director of Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle, Washington.
Alan Wallace served on the Mind & Life Board of Directors from 1990 to 2009.