Calming the Mind Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on the Cultivation of Meditative Quiescence (Paperback)
To stabilize the mind in one-pointed concentration is the basis of all forms of meditation. Gen Lamrimpa was a meditation master who lived in a meditation hut in Dharamsala and who had been called to teach by the Dalai Lama. He leads the meditator step-by-step through the stages of meditation and past the many obstacles that arise along the way. He discusses the qualities of mind that represent each of nine levels of attainment and the six mental powers.
This book was previously titled Shamatha Meditation.
About the Author
Gen Lamrimpa was a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and contemplative who has devoted more than thirty-five years of his life to solitary retreat in the Himalayas, including twenty-one years outside Dharamsala, India, where he died in 2003.
B. Alan Wallace, PhD, has been a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism for more than forty years, and has been leading workshops and retreats on dream yoga for more than twenty. A former Tibetan Buddhist monk, he is also trained in physics and is a respected scholar of religion. He is the founder of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, and he is the author of numerous books, including Embracing Mind: The Common Ground of Science and Spirituality.
"It is Gen Lamrimpa's familiarity with meditation on a deep experiential level that makes his teachings so valuable and this a book to be recommended."—Tibetan Review
"Calming the Mind provides very practical and experientially grounded teachings. Gen Lamrimpa excels in very straightforward explanations."—Tibet Journal
"A step-by-step instruction manual on how to calm a busy mind, cultivate devotion, and bring awareness into each moment of living."—John Tigue, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Daemen College