Calming meditation, or samatha, is practiced by focusing one’s attention on an object with the goal of quieting the mind. One of the most common forms of calming meditation is the practice of mindful awareness of one’s breath. Samatha, which translates from Sanskrit as “tranquility of the mind,” is practiced in many Buddhist and yoga traditions.
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 book that bestselling meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg raves “brings the path of meditation to life,” The Mind Illuminated is the first how-to meditation guide from a neuroscientist who is also an acclaimed meditation master.
Beloved Buddhist teacher, author, nun and mother, Pema Chödrön has inspired millions of people from around the world who have been touched by her example and message of practicing peace in these turbulent times.
This session is from the retreat: Way of Shamatha: Soothing the Body, Calming the Mind, Illuminating Awareness with Alan Wallace. During this retreat, Alan explored in theory and practice a range of methods for developing meditative quiescence, or shamatha.