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How to Practice Shamatha Meditation

Author : Gen Lamrimpa
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In 1988, Gen Lamrimpa, a Tibetan monk, led a one-year retreat in the Pacific Northwest, during which a group of Western meditators devoted themselves to the practice of meditative quiescence (shamatha). This book is a record of the oral teachings he gave to this group at the outset of the retreat. The teachings are brought to life by Gen Lamrimpa's warmth, humor, and extensive personal experience as a contemplative recluse. An invaluable practical guide for those seeking to develop greater attentional stability and clarity, this work will be of considerable interest to meditators, psychologists, and all others who are concerned with the potentials of the human mind.

A Guide to Shamatha Meditation

Author : Rinpoche Thrangu
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A brief commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche on Shamatha, or Calm Abiding meditation, which with vipassana or insight meditation, is considered fundamental to Buddhist practice. Shamata meditation is fundamental to Buddhist practice because before we can understand why we are living in conditioned existence, or samsara, with all its unhappiness and conflicts we must learn to deal with our thoughts and feelings. This process of learning to relax the mind so that it does not constantly go from one thought to the next is shamata meditation. This book is a teaching given by Thrangu Rinpoche on how to practice shamata and insight meditation. Since Rinpoche is from Kagyu lineage of Buddhism, he presents meditation from the Vajrayana perspective. This style of meditation is extremely effective and has produced thousands of enlightened individuals over the centuries.

The Less Dust the More Trust

Author : Adeline van Waning
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The Less Dust, the More Trust presents the story of the author’s participation in the Shamatha Project, addressing Buddhism, shamatha mindfulness practices (concentration-calm), and meditation-research. With diary excerpts, dream log, and audio transcripts she gives the reader a feel for her personal experiences. The current research outcomes of this unique ongoing project are reported, focusing on the effects of the various practices in attention and emotion regulation, and on health. They include groundbreaking findings of effects down to the chromosome level. The practice ‘Settling the mind in its natural state’ invites wonder: what is this natural state? Each chapter includes a guided meditation. The book is structured in a way that it can provide the reader with various threads. It can be read as an overview of the Shamatha Project, meditation and science. Additionally, it can be read as an exploration into Buddhist studies, with a focus on psychological and scientific understanding of meditation. Most importantly: the book can support a personal journey for the reader in practicing shamatha meditations, and experiencing increasing well-being.

A Beginner s Guide to Meditation

Author : Rod Meade Sperry
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As countless meditators have learned firsthand, meditation practice can positively transform the way we see and experience our lives. This practical, accessible guide to the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation introduces you to the practice, explains how it is approached in the main schools of Buddhism, and offers advice and inspiration from Buddhism’s most renowned and effective meditation teachers, including Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Sharon Salzberg, Norman Fischer, Ajahn Chah, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Sylvia Boorstein, Noah Levine, Judy Lief, and many others. Topics include how to build excitement and energy to start a meditation routine and keep it going, setting up a meditation space, working with and through boredom, what to look for when seeking others to meditate with, how to know when it’s time to try doing a formal meditation retreat, how to bring the practice "off the cushion" with walking meditation and other practices, and much more.

The Attention Revolution

Author : B. Alan Wallace
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Shamatha meditation is a method for achieving previously inconceivable levels of concentration. Author B. Alan Wallace, an active participant in the much-publicized dialogues between Buddhists and scholars, has more than 20 years' practice in the discipline, some of it under the guidance of the Dalai Lama. This book is a definitive presentation of his knowledge of shamatha. It is aimed at the contemporary seeker who is distracted and defocused by the dizzying pace of modern life, as well as those suffering from depression and other mental maladies. Beginning by addressing the inherent problems.

Luminous Clarity

Author : Karma Chagme
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This book grows out of an oral teaching that Khenchen Thrangu gave in Crestone, Colorado, on Karma Chagme’s text Meaningful to Behold: The Essential Instructions of the Compassionate One on the Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. Thrangu Rinpoche explains in lucid detail the advanced meditation practices of Mahamudra and Dzogchen and also their similarities and differences, including advice on how to safely perform some of the more advanced Dzogchen practices. Karma Chagme was born in Tibet in 1613. He was a major lineage holder of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and his writings have also become central to the Payul Nyingma order.

Stillness Insight and Emptiness

Author : Lama Dudjom Dorjee
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Developing an effective meditation practice is the first step toward discerning the true nature of mind and reality as taught by Buddha Shakyamuni. In Stillness, Insight, and Emptiness, Lama Dudjom Dorjee offers instructions that will help beginning meditators establish a firm foundation in the practices that lead to direct realization. Topics such as finding the best meditation posture, learning to direct and focus the attention, expanding the mind’s scope, and realizing the luminous and spacious qualities of the mind are explained in terms that are both encouraging and easy to understand.

Stilling the Mind

Author : B. Alan Wallace
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A best-selling author and former Buddhist monk guides those with hectic, modern lives through the practice of Dzokchen, the Great Perfection, the highest form of all the meditation traditions, explaining how to calm the mind into a state of effortless concentration. Original.

The Meditation Process

Author : Lyle Olson
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The Meditation Process is a practical study of concentration meditation for intermediate and beginning meditators. Based on many years of wide personal experience and research, this is a close look at what the meditator actually does. Concise, practical suggestions are given for questions about posture, breathing, dealing with thoughts, brain hemisphere functions, establishing one-pointed mind, turning mind inward, relaxation, non-attachment, lifestyle, mantra use, awareness, and obstacles fond in all forms of meditation. For the serious student, stages of meditation common to Raja Yoga and Buddhist Shamatha are seen as a process leading to one-pointed mind. Many professional photos give a sense of reality to the contemplative lifestyle as seen in India and Nepal.

An Ocean of the Ultimate Meaning

Author : Peter Alan Roberts
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The most concise and comprehensible introduction to muhamudra ever written outlines the essentials of this important Tibetan Buddhist meditation technique, offering clear instructions for mastering technique at each level of the discipline, using humor and warmth to teach. Original. 10,000 first printing.

The Healing Power of Meditation

Author : Andy Fraser
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Regular meditation practice has a powerful impact on the mind and body, rewiring the brain and bringing us all kinds of benefits: contentment and well-being, resilience and focus, better mental and physical health, and greater empathy and compassion. This wide-ranging anthology brings together pioneering Tibetan Buddhist teachers, scientific researchers, and health professionals to offer fascinating perspectives on the mind and emotions, new studies, and firsthand accounts of how meditation is being applied to great effect in health and social care today. • Sogyal Rinpoche and Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche on how meditation unlocks the mind’s healing power • Jon Kabat-Zinn on the benefits of mindfulness in mainstream health care • Clifford Saron on the Shamatha Project, the most comprehensive study of the effects of meditation ever conducted • Sara Lazar on what happens to our brain when we meditate • Erika Rosenberg on how meditation helps us relate better to our emotions • Dr. Lucio Bizzini, MD, on how Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is used to treat depression • Ursula Bates on how mindfulness supports terminally ill patients as they approach the end of their lives Plus chapters from other innovators who apply meditation in health care and social work: Dr. Edel Maex, MD; Dr. Cathy Blanc, MD; Rosamund Oliver; and Dr. Frédéric Rosenfeld, MD.

Ashtanga Yoga for Beginner s Mind

Author : Kim Roberts
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Ashtanga for Beginners Mind is a guide to the practice of the primary series with a section on shamatha meditation and commentary on how each practice informs the other. While the book is appropriate for all levels of students and gives instruction at the most advanced level, emphasis is placed on the importance of maintaining "beginner's mind."Rather than focusing on a direct and linear approach, Ashtanga for Beginners explores variations to certain postures that are not traditionally offered in the Ashtanga system. This makes the practice accessible to a wider audience. It is sometimes assumed that Ashtanga practice is only for the young and fit; the approach offered here seeks to deny that assumption.Based on years of teaching beginners, the methods described here have successfully taken total beginners into the traditional postures in a surprisingly short period of time.The balanced approach offered here keeps in mind the realities of modern life, in which a yoga student may not have the option to practice the recommended six days a week. By adapting the approach, the practice is still available to those who have the motivation, but not necessarily the time or physical capacity.Offering instruction on shamatha, the book is of interest to yogis who may wish to undertake a meditation practice. It will also interest those who already have a meditation practice, and wish to develop an asana practice to help settle their meditation posture for deeper stability.Venturing from the traditional approach to Ashtanga, the focus is not on perfecting the postures but rather on using the practice as a tool to prepare the body for sitting meditation. This book is especially valuable for yoga practitioners who wish you develop a meditation practice, and for meditators who wish to add a more embodied dimension to their meditation practice.

The Four Immeasurables

Author : B. Alan Wallace
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This book is a rich suite of practices that open the heart, counter the distortions in our relationships to ourselves, and deepen our relationship to others.

Cloudless Sky

Author : Jamgon Kongtrul
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This book opens the way to a deeper knowledge of mahamudra, a Buddhist system of meditation on the nature of the mind. In providing a detailed commentary on the Vajra Song of the first Jamgo n Kongtru l (1813- 1899), the author elucidates the stages of ground, path, and fruition for those who wish to meditate according to this system.

Joyful Mind

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In Joyful Mind, a variety of Buddhist meditation styles are presented, each by a respected teacher. The practices they offer are grounded in traditions that are thousands of years old. If you were to visit monasteries in India, Tibet, Japan, or Burma, these are the teachings you would receive. As a bonus, we've also included yoga instruction to prepare the body for sitting. In addition to the written teachings, Joyful Mind offers the opportunity to actually sample the practices directly. On the first compact disc in this book, each teacher guides you through the practice they've written about. The second is a music-only disc featuring contemplative flute music perfect for relaxation and contemplation. May these practices be of benefit.

The Path Is the Goal

Author : Chogyam Trungpa
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According to the Buddha, no one can attain basic sanity or enlightenment without practicing meditation. The teachings given here on the outlook and technique of meditation provide the foundation that every practitioner needs to awaken as the Buddha did. Trungpa teaches us to let go of the urge to make meditation serve our ambition; thus we can relax into openness. We are shown how the deliberate practice of mindfulness develops into contrived awareness, and we discover the world of insight that awareness reveals. We learn of a subtle psychological stage set that we carry with us everywhere and unwittingly use to structure all our experience—and we find that meditation gradually carries us beyond this and beyond ego altogether to the experience of unconditioned freedom.

Mind Beyond Death

Author : Rinpoche Dzogchen Ponlop
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A guidebook through the journey of life and death draws on Tibetan Buddhist traditions and uses lighthearted analogies to introduce the concept of the bardo--the intervals of life, death, and beyond--in order to counsel readers on living a fulfilling life of fearless abandon.

The Foundations of Tibetan Buddhism

Author : Karma-raṅ-byuṅ-kun-khyab-phrin-las (Khenpo Kalu.)
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"Foundations of Tibetan Buddhism presents the fundamental practices of this tradition in a clear and easily accessible manner. Beginning with an overview of the Buddhist path, Kalu Rinpoche goes on to explain the preliminary practices of taking refuge, prostrations, Dorje Sempa purification meditation, mandala practice, guru yoga and the guru-disciple relationship. He then discusses the vows of the lay person, the bodhisattva, and the tantric practitioner. The book closes with a explanation of meditation both with and without an object and the key points of mahamudra meditation."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Essence of Buddhism

Author : Traleg Kyabgon
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Covers such Buddhist ideals as compassion, emptiness, Buddha-nature, the bodhisattva path, and Tantra, including information on the Four Noble Truths.

The Gem Ornament of Manifold Oral Instructions

Author : Khenpo Kalu Karma-raṅ-byuṅ-kun-khyab-phrin-las
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