May 29, 2024

A live online discussion with integrative sleep specialist Ed O’Malley, Ph.D., and Tibetan meditation master Geshe Tenzin Wangyal.

How do the light of day and darkness of night impact our experience as human beings, including the quality of our sleep? What is light, from the perspectives of both modern science and ancient Tibetan wisdom? Ed O’Malley and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche explore the implications not only of sunlight, but also of the clear light of awareness and the five pure lights described in the dzogchen teachings of Tibet. Join us for a fascinating inquiry into our universe of light and dark.

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Related: “Sleeping, Dreaming & Well-Being: a Scientific & Spiritual Exploration of Sleep, Part 1” with Danny Lewin, Ph.D., and host Geshe Tenzin Wangyal. Learn more & view recording.

Post-broadcast summary: Ed O’Malley discussed the importance of circadian rhythms and light on human sleep patterns, emphasizing the negative effects of light pollution and the benefits of natural daylight. He underscored the role of healthy sleep patterns for overall health and longevity, citing recent research to support this claim. Lastly, he and Rinpoche explored the interconnection between inner and outer light, traditional practices that integrate the two, and the cultural significance of circadian rhythms.


About the Presenters


Ed O’Malley, Ph.D., FAASM, is an integrative sleep specialist trained at Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences and NYU Sleep Disorders Center in New York. For 12 years he served as director of the Norwalk Hospital (teaching hospital of Yale University) Sleep Disorders Center, training resident physicians in sleep medicine and creating the first insomnia center in the region. He holds advanced certification in bio- and neurofeedback and is a certified nature awareness trainer. Ed takes a broad approach to sleep and wellness, moving easily between the technological, spiritual, and natural worlds. He guides clients to slow down, becoming mindful of what really matters. More about Ed O’Malley


Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche bio photoGeshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is an acclaimed author and a respected teacher of students worldwide. He completed an 11-year course of traditional studies at the Bön Dialectic School at Menri Monastery near Dolanji, India, and was awarded his geshe degree in 1986. He now lives as a householder, and has been living and teaching in the West for more than 30 years. Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International and the founder of CyberSangha, He is the author of many books, including the best-selling The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep: Practices for Awakening (Shambhala, 2022). Learn more about Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.