The Four Immeasurables

B. Alan Wallace

Discover the power of the Four Immeasurables.

For Tibetan Buddhists, especially students of 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 B. Alan Wallace.


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.”

—B. Alan Wallace


Under the expert guidance of B. 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.

Click the button below to enroll in Part I!


Key Dates & Course Information

          • July 3—Part I, which focuses primarily on loving-kindness and compassion, launches. Subsequent lessons are released each Friday at 9 A.M. Eastern Time.
          • August 28—lesson 10 launches; course concludes.
          • Part I tuition: Part I is being offered at the special discount rate of $199. The tuition will increase to $247 as of July 10, 2020.
          • Part II, which focuses primarily on empathetic joy and impartiality, will become available in September.
          • Will become available later in the year 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.



Introduction, Happiness, & Intro to Loving-Kindness




Loving-Kindness, Worldview, & Ethics


Introduction to Compassion


Compassion, the Sources of Suffering, & Difficult People


Introduction to Shamatha


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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 I of the course, and empathetic joy and impartiality in Part II
                          • The four “greats”: Great Loving-Kindness and Great Compassion in Part I, and Great Empathetic Joy and Great Impartiality in Part II. In 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.

B. Alan Wallace

Meet your teacher!

Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. 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!