STILLING THE MIND: Shamatha Teachings From Dudjom Linpa’s Vajra Essence
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.
“Wallace’s translation of the shamatha section from Düdjom Lingpa’s Dzogchen tantra known in Tibetan as the Nelug Rangjung is an invaluable contribution to the teachings available to serious Western Buddhist practitioners. Through many spontaneous visions, Düdjom Lingpa received the Buddha’s wisdom-mind heritage directly from the pure land, and thus many hidden mind treasures arose from the expanse of his ever-excellent wisdom mind. I am so thrilled that people have an opportunity to connect with Düdjom Lingpa’s teachings, which are truly unlike any other, and I encourage readers to put these teachings into practice.”—Lama Tharchin Rinpoche
Author: B. Alan Wallace
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Edition Print: 2011