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How to Practice Shamatha Meditation The Cultivation of Meditative Quiescence

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ISBN-10: 155939384X

ISBN-13: 9781559393843

Edition: 3rd

Authors: Lamrimpa, Hart Sprager, B. Alan Wallace

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List price: $18.95
Edition: 3rd
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/16/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.50" long x 0.47" tall
Weight: 0.462

B. Alan Wallace teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Editor's Note
Introduction to the Teachings
Prelude to the Practice
Unsuitable Motivations
Meaningful Motivations
Rebirth in the Form or Formless Realms
Liberation, or Nirvana
Full Awakening
Guidelines for Practice
The Seven-Limb Puja
Building a Strong Foundation
Physical and Mental Obstacles
Potential Problems
Questions and Answers
The Collection of Causes for The Cultivation of Shamatha
The Six Essential Causes
Dwelling in a Favorable Environment
Reducing Desires and Developing Contentment
Rejecting a Multitude of Activities
Maintaining Pure Moral Discipline
Rejecting Thoughts of Desire for Sensual Objects
Cultivating Shamatha in Dependence upon the Essential Causes
The Actual Practice
Posture and Other Physical Aspects
Counting the Breath
Questions and Answers
Cultivating Faultless Samadhi
How to Perform Prior to Directing the Mind to the Object of Meditation
The First Fault; Laziness
Four Antidotes to Laziness
The Interaction of the Four Antidotes
The Excellent Qualities of Shamatha
Questions and Answers
Another Look at Bodhichitta
Directing the Mind to the Object During Meditation
Ascertaining the Specific Object of Meditation
The Second Fault: Forgetfulness
Establishing the Faultless Approach
Nondiscursive Stability
Strength of Clarity
The Third Fault: Laxity and Excitement
Maintaining Awareness of the Object
Antidotes to Laxity and Excitement
Dispelling a Faulty Approach
Duration of Sessions
Understanding That Arises from Reflection
Questions and Answers
Meditating on Impermanence
How One Performs After Directing the Mind to the Object
The Practice When Either Laxity or Excitement Arises
The Definition of Laxity
The Definition of Excitement
Cultivating Vigilance That Recognizes Laxity and Excitement
The Fourth Fault: Nonapplication
The Antidote to Nonapplication
The Definition of Intention
Additional Remedies for Laxity
Additional Remedies for Excitement
Recognizing the Causes of Laxity and Excitement
The Fifth Fault: Application
The Antidote to Application
A Brief Summary of the Five Faults and Eight Antidotes
Questions and Answers
Meditation: The Cultivation of Virtue
The Stages of Cultivating the Mental States
The Nine Mental States
Differences between the Nine Mental States
Questions and Answers
Patience and Fortitude
The Mental Powers and Forms of Attention
Accomplishing the Six Mental Powers
The Four Forms of Attention
The Criteria for Having Attained Shamatha
The First and Last Antidote
Signs of Pliancy
Questions and Answers
A Few Final Words
Further Reading