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Stilling the Mind: Shamatha Teachings from Dudjom Lingpa's Vajra Essence (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

B. Alan Wallace , Brian Hodel
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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.

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B. Alan Wallace is president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. He trained for many years as a monk in Buddhist monasteries in India and Switzerland. He has taught Buddhist theory and practice in Europe and America since 1976 and has served as interpreter for numerous Tibetan scholars and contemplatives, including H. H. the Dalai Lama. After graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College, where he studied physics and the philosophy of science, he earned his MA and PhD in religious studies at Stanford University. He has edited, translated, authored, and contributed to more than thirty books on Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, language, and culture, and the interface between science and religion.

Brian Hodel is a freelance journalist and book editor. He has collaborated with B. Alan Wallace on many books including Stilling the Mind, Embracing Mind, Dreaming Yourself Awake, and Contemplative Science.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 guide pour la méditation seulement? 13 mars 2013
Par J. Neema
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ce que j'ai aimé: et bah non ce n'est pas juste un livre de méthode pour la méditation, ce livre est bourré d'informations à toutes les pages et même dans l'introduction.
je le recommande vivement.
la couverture est belle, utilisant l'imagerie bouddhiste tibétaine en moderne, couverture souple agréable.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ideal follow-up to The Attention Revolution 20 août 2011
Par K. Knox - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Dr. Wallace's "The Attention Revolution" is the best guide to shamatha meditation I know of, offering an excellent overview of three important techniques, starting with mindfulness of breathing grounded in the Theravadin tradition and going on to two approaches from the Tibetan tradition that are infused with the flavor of Dzogchen.

"Stilling the Mind" goes into the second of the three techniques presented in the earlier book, resting the mind in its natural state, in great detail. This book is in the form of a translation of the root text by Dudjom LIngpa with an extensive commentary by Dr. Wallace. His writing here is so clear and personal you feel like you're being guided through the practice one-on-one by a master practitioner - which is exactly the case. The power and blessings of the original text are obvious from the outset, and Dr. Wallace's commentary is wonderfully lucid about fine points of practice I've never seen addressed before. A treasure for practitioners.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A dharma jewel 24 août 2011
Par Book Drawn - Publié sur Amazon.com
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For those who have discovered the meditation techniques originally taught by the Buddha as laid out in the Anapanasati Sutra and the Sattipatana Sutra, Stilling the Mind will be a welcome discovery. The opening section of Vajra Essence by Dudjom Lingpa, a ninteenth centry monk, is translated here and Alan Wallace adds a commentary verse by verse to make the original work crystal clear. This is a valuable work for those perfecting shamatha, calm abiding, the prerequisite for effective insight (vipassana). For the Buddha, shamatha was the sine que non of true insight, and Alan Wallace has added to the treasury of this great method by bring us the Stilling Mind. We can only hope he will in the future bring us a translation of the rest of the Vajra Essence with his commentary.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Stilling The Mind 28 août 2011
Par J. E. Bonarski - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have read most of the books Dr. Wallace has written and this was by far the best. He takes Dudjom Lingpa's teachings and paragraph by paragraph makes them real. If you practice Shamatha at all, this book is even better than his "Attention Revolution".
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Indispensable Practice of Shamatha 18 janvier 2012
Par Sherap - Publié sur Amazon.com
If you want an in-depth overview of shamatha (calm-abiding) meditation--the foundation of all Buddhist meditations--then I highly recommend this book. This translation of the introductory section of a rare text by Dzogchen adept Dudjom Lingpa presents the practice of shamatha from beginning to end, challenging our preconceptions about our own meditation practice and our ability to transcend the limitations of ordinary consciousness. The text serves as a guide to resting the mind in its natural state, in order to attain the culmination of shamatha practice--resting the mind in the 'substrate consciousness' (alaya-vijnana) which provides a sense of bliss, luminosity, and non-conceptuality. Wallace's commentary provides insight and practical advice into the nature of the practice and the instructions given in the text; while his knowledge of physics, psychology, and various Buddhist traditions gives the book a welcome and appropriate sense of eclecticism. Wallace makes clear that shamatha is not an end in itself (though it is often confused as such by various practitioners) but is a necessary means to the end of liberation--which is the union of shamatha and vipashyana (insight meditation). This book is at once a compelling and challenging read that will engage any practitioner of meditation and place their practice in the proper context. "In this opening section of the Vajra Essence," Wallace declares, "Dudjom Lingpa reveals the nature of the mind and then shows us how to take our own minds, with all their afflictions and obscurations, as our path to realizing the relative ground state of awareness, the substrate consciousness." "And," he continues, "once the mind has dissolved into this blissful, luminous vacuity, he shows us how to break through our individuated mindstreams and realize our true nature--pristine awareness that has never been tainted by any obscurations." Emaho! Simply astounding!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A true mind-treasure 5 août 2013
Par Michael Nintro - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In Stilling the Mind, Alan Wallace leads us on a step-by-step bite-sized commentary through Dudjom Lingpa's Vajra Essence, a terma or "mind-treasure" transmitted to Lingpa in the mid 19th century. In the book, Wallace goes through the various stages of achieving shamatha, or calm abiding. Shamatha, Wallace claims, is the prerequisite to insight meditation and more advanced practices such as mahamudra and Dzogchen. Among the topics covered are the mind as space, the true nature of consciousness, relaxation, awareness of awareness and taking the mind as the path.

The book ends with Wallace elucidating the pitfalls one may encounter along the path, and how to overcome them. Wallace's clear-cut explanations and down to earth prose is refreshing for this kind of book which one would expect to be somewhat academic. The often cryptic and mystical/mysterious imagery of the Vajra Essence is explained by a meditation teacher and dharma practitioner with over 40 years of experience and it shows.

This is a great introduction to shamatha, the Vajra Essence, and the "lower tantras" or more mundane practices of Tibetan Buddhism in general. This is definitely a book for the intermediate practitioner, and can be seen as a good starting point in a series of similar books that Wallace has written on the subject. A rudimentary knowledge of Buddhism, it's precepts, and terms are assumed by the author. If you're a total beginner, you should probably start with The Attention Revolution. After reading Stilling the Mind one should move to such other titles as Minding Closely: The Four Applications of Mindfulness and Genuine Happiness: Meditation as the Path to Fulfillment.
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