The Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) Training emerged from the Destructive Emotions dialogue among behavioral scientists and the Dalai Lama, Buddhist monks, and scholars at the Mind and Life Institute in Dharamasala, India in March, 2000. The Dalai Lama requested the important ideas raised for managing destructive emotions be turned into an accessible, secular training. In response, renowned psychologist, Paul Ekman, and accomplished Buddhist scholar, teacher, and writer, B. Alan Wallace, developed and researched a program for minimizing destructive emotions, creating choice for responding during emotional episodes and cultivating genuine happiness. CEB is unique in that it integrates the wisdom traditions of western psychology and eastern contemplative practices to utilize the universal experience of emotion as a portal for self-transformation.
Through a large scale rigorous research study at the University of California, San Francisco from 2004 to 2006, Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) training demonstrated great benefits in reducing stress, improving compassion and communication. Following this, a demand for training new teachers to lead CEB programs increased. Hence, the first training of CEB teachers (CEBTT) began in 2010. Eve Ekman, Paul’s daughter and second generation emotion researcher, took over the teaching of emotion skills in this first teacher training. Wallace and Ekman are determined to sustain the integrity of the program through slow growth and the ongoing refinement of a rich, dense curriculum.
The training of CEB teachers has been limited to a once per year intensive five week residential program. The richness of the CEB curriculum requires dedicated teachers who find comfort in sharing both psychological and contemplative practices. The teacher training has been offered in Europe, South America and East Asia with trained students from 21 different countries. Research demonstrating the benefit of training has continued with trained CEB teachers. The CEB program is taught worldwide and has been adapted for various settings including corporations, jails (both inmates and guards), schools, spiritual centers, universities, hospitals, and more.