The Four Immeasurables

Lama Alan Wallace

Discover the power of the Four Immeasurables.

For Tibetan Buddhists, especially students of Lama Alan Wallace, this two-part course is the optimal way to deepen understanding of the Four Immeasurables through a multimedia experience.

Enhance your shamatha meditation.

Enhance your shamatha meditation through the Four Immeasurables under the guidance of renowned teacher Lama Alan Wallace.


Click below to enroll now in either part 1 or part 2 and start invigorating your practice with the four immeasurables! Tuition for each part is $247.

The Four Immeasurables address our most fundamental human aspirations.

As the Dalai Lama teaches, our deepest drive as humans is tsewa: caring. And what do we care about? We care about not suffering, and experiencing happiness.

This two-part course will take you on a rich journey through your own quest for happiness, to where happiness actually lies.

What do we mean when we wish for our own happiness, and the happiness of others? We don’t mean having one pleasant experience after another, with our dopamine levels consistently high. That’s not what we mean when we say that we want to be happy, and we want to be free of suffering. We mean a greater kind of happiness, one that doesn’t depend on conditions. In this course you’ll learn how the Four Immeasurables can help you experience that kind of happiness.

“One can view the cultivation of the Four Immeasurables—as they unfold into the four greats, into relative bodhicitta, into ultimate bodhicitta—as the complete path.”

—Lama Alan Wallace


Under the expert guidance of Lama Alan Wallace, you’ll explore the practice of cultivating the the Four Immeasurables, the Four Greats, and bodhicitta, including from the perspective of vajrayana, and specifically from pure view and divine pride, as Avalokitesvara. In order to engage in this kind of practice authentically, there needs to be an understanding of emptiness, which is why it’s so important to include this more profound view. You’ll explore what it means to cultivate the Four Immeasurables, the Four Greats, and bodhicitta not from the perspective of your ordinary sense of identity.

We recommend you take Part 1 before Part 2. Click below to enroll now and start invigorating your practice with the energy of the four immeasurables!

Key Dates & Course Information

          • The two parts of the course are sold separately. Tuition for each part is $247.
          • Both parts will become available later in the year or in early 2021 for Wisdom Experience All-Access members as part of their membership.
          • You can take the course at your own pace, and materials will remain available to you after the course ends.
          • Each lesson is comprised of 1-2 hours of video, 1-2 guided 24-minute meditations, 5+ pages of reading, a quiz, and a forum where you can discuss the course content with your fellow students.

Part 1 Lessons


Introduction, Happiness, & Intro to Loving-Kindness




Loving-Kindness, Worldview, & Ethics


Introduction to Compassion


Compassion, the Sources of Suffering, & Difficult People


Introduction to Shamatha


Shamatha Part 2


Tonglen & Practicing with Positive, Neutral, & Difficult People


Shamatha & Vipashyana


Consciousness & the Nature of the Mind

Part 2 Lessons


Empathetic Joy


Dependent Origination, the Madhyamaka View, & Emptiness


The Third Turning of the Wheel of Dharma


Buddha-Nature & Great Compassion


The Benefits of the 4 Greats


Introduction to Bodhicitta


Bodhicitta in Action


Introduction to Vajrayana


Introduction to Dzogchen


Bodhicitta & Dzogchen

What You’ll Learn

By joining this course, you’ll learn:

                          • The theory and application of the profound practices known as the Four Immeasurables, or the Divine Abidings (brahmaviharas): loving-kindness and compassion in part 1 of the course, and empathetic joy and impartiality in par 
                          • The four “greats”: Great Loving-Kindness and Great Compassion in part 1, and Great Empathetic Joy and Great Impartiality in part 2. In Lama Alan’s teaching, the “four greats” require a fundamental shift from aspiration to intention.

Additionally, both parts of the course will touch on:

                          • pith instructions on different methods of shamatha and vipashyana
                          • how understanding the Four Immeasurables can deepen your shamatha practice
                          • the cultivation of bodhicitta
                          • the practice of sadhana
                          • the practice of relative and ultimate bodhicitta in the context of Dzoghchen
                          • and much more!

“Animosity is never quelled with animosity. Animosity is quelled only with the absence of animosity. This is an ancient truth.”

—The Buddha, Dhammapada, I: 5

Discover True Happiness

We all long for happiness, but we don’t always know what will create deep, meaningful happiness. This course will show you how.

Support Your Entire Practice

What you learn in this course will enhance and support the rest of your practice, no matter what that practice is. The Four Immeasurables are universal and foundational.

Connect Deeply with Life

The Four Immeasurables have a powerful ability to bring us into greater intimacy with life itself.

Experience the Benefits of the "Four Greats"

  • Great loving-kindness: You are freed from hatred, achieve the sambhogakāya, and hatred shifts to mirror-like primordial consciousness.
  • Great compassion: You are freed from attachment, achieve the dharmakāya, and attachment shifts to discerning primordial consciousness.
  • Great empathetic joy: You are freed from envy, achieve the nirmāṇakāya, and envy shifts to accomplishing primordial consciousness.
  • Great impartiality: You are freed from pride and delusion, achieve the svabhāvikakāya, and pride and delusion shift to the primordial consciousness of equality and of the absolute space of phenomena.

Lama Alan Wallace

Meet your teacher!

Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, Lama Alan Wallace, PhD, continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind.

Dr. Wallace, a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted 14 years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford. He later studied Dzogchen with Gyatrul Rinpoche, a senior teacher in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. With his unique background, Dr. Wallace brings deep experience and applied skills to the challenge of integrating traditional Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with the modern world.

He is the author and translator of several books, including Düdjom Lingpa’s Visions of the Great PerfectionStilling the Mind: Shamatha Teachings From Dudjom Linpa’s Vajra EssenceTibetan Buddhism from the Ground UpNatural Liberation: Padmasambhava’s Teachings on the Six Bardos, and The Attention Revolution.

Transform your practice with the Four Immeasurables!