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How To Practice Shamatha Meditation - Gen Lamrimpa

How To Practice Shamatha Meditation

Paperback Published: 16th October 2011
ISBN: 9781559393843
Number Of Pages: 160

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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.

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"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

"How to Practice Shamatha Meditation provides very practical and experientially grounded teachings."--Tibet Journal

Editor's Notep. ix
Introduction to the Teachings
Prelude to the Practicep. 3
Unsuitable Motivationsp. 8
Meaningful Motivationsp. 10
Rebirth in the Form or Formless Realmsp. 10
Liberation, or Nirvanap. 11
Full Awakeningp. 11
Guidelines for Practicep. 15
The Seven-Limb Pujap. 16
Building a Strong Foundationp. 20
Patiencep. 20
Physical and Mental Obstaclesp. 21
Potential Problemsp. 21
Questions and Answersp. 23
The Collection of Causes for The Cultivation of Shamatha
The Six Essential Causesp. 31
Dwelling in a Favorable Environmentp. 31
Reducing Desires and Developing Contentmentp. 32
Rejecting a Multitude of Activitiesp. 33
Maintaining Pure Moral Disciplinep. 33
Rejecting Thoughts of Desire for Sensual Objectsp. 35
Cultivating Shamatha in Dependence upon the Essential Causes
Preparationp. 37
The Actual Practicep. 38
Posture and Other Physical Aspectsp. 38
Counting the Breathp. 41
Questions and Answersp. 42
Cultivating Faultless Samadhi
How to Perform Prior to Directing the Mind to the Object of Meditationp. 45
The First Fault; Lazinessp. 46
Four Antidotes to Lazinessp. 46
Pliancyp. 46
Enthusiasmp. 47
Aspirationp. 47
Faithp. 48
The Interaction of the Four Antidotesp. 49
The Excellent Qualities of Shamathap. 51
Questions and Answersp. 53
Another Look at Bodhichittap. 55
Directing the Mind to the Object During Meditationp. 59
Ascertaining the Specific Object of Meditationp. 59
The Second Fault: Forgetfulnessp. 60
Establishing the Faultless Approachp. 60
Nondiscursive Stabilityp. 60
Strength of Clarityp. 61
The Third Fault: Laxity and Excitementp. 62
Maintaining Awareness of the Objectp. 64
Antidotes to Laxity and Excitementp. 66
Dispelling a Faulty Approachp. 68
Duration of Sessionsp. 68
Understanding That Arises from Reflectionp. 69
Questions and Answersp. 70
Meditating on Impermanencep. 79
How One Performs After Directing the Mind to the Objectp. 83
The Practice When Either Laxity or Excitement Arisesp. 83
The Definition of Laxityp. 83
The Definition of Excitementp. 85
Cultivating Vigilance That Recognizes Laxity and Excitementp. 86
The Fourth Fault: Nonapplicationp. 87
The Antidote to Nonapplicationp. 87
The Definition of Intentionp. 88
Additional Remedies for Laxityp. 89
Additional Remedies for Excitementp. 91
Recognizing the Causes of Laxity and Excitementp. 94
The Fifth Fault: Applicationp. 96
The Antidote to Applicationp. 97
A Brief Summary of the Five Faults and Eight Antidotesp. 97
Questions and Answersp. 99
Meditation: The Cultivation of Virtuep. 109
The Stages of Cultivating the Mental Statesp. 111
The Nine Mental Statesp. 111
Differences between the Nine Mental Statesp. 115
Questions and Answersp. 117
Patience and Fortitudep. 121
The Mental Powers and Forms of Attentionp. 125
Accomplishing the Six Mental Powersp. 125
The Four Forms of Attentionp. 128
The Criteria for Having Attained Shamatha
Pliancyp. 131
The First and Last Antidotep. 131
Signs of Pliancyp. 131
Questions and Answersp. 133
A Few Final Wordsp. 137
Dedicationp. 141
Glossaryp. 143
Further Readingp. 148
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ISBN: 9781559393843
ISBN-10: 155939384X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 16th October 2011
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1

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