Stilling the Mind by B. Alan Wallace
Shamatha Teachings from Dudjom Lingpa's Vajra Essence

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In his previous book, The Attention Revolution, bestselling author Alan Wallace guided readers through the stages of shamatha, a meditation for focusing the mind. In Stilling the Mind, he uses the wisdom of Dzogchen--the highest of all the meditation traditions--to open up the shamatha practice into a space of vast freedom. Here, Wallace introduces us to Dudjom Lingpa's Vajra Essence, one of the most cherished works of the Nyingma school from which Dzogchen stems. With his trademark enthusiasm and keen intelligence, Wallace makes obscure concepts intelligible to contemporary readers and allows us to glimpse the profound realizations of a great nineteenth-century spiritual adept.
 

About B. Alan Wallace

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B. Alan Wallace, one of the first Westerners ordained in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, was a monk for fourteen years. Scholar, teacher, and practitioner, he is widely respected for the depth of his understanding of Buddhist philosophy, as well as his ability to render the teachings relevant to modern life. Author of several books in this field, he is one of the foremost translators of Tibetan Buddhist teachings, having interpreted for many eminent Tibetan lamas, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and now runs the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. Dudjom Lingpa (1835-1904) was a great 'meditation' master, visionary and terton of the Nyimgma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He is one of the most important teachers of Buddhism in recent centuries and his tradition of teachings are widely taught and practiced throughout the world today. Identified as "Dudjom Tersar" the teachings of Dudjom Lingpa are some of the most popular and relevant Buddhist practices in America.
 
Published August 23, 2011 by Wisdom Publications. 221 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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