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Spring 2011 Shamatha Retreat
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Dharma talks and guided meditations given six days per week during the Spring, 2011 eight-week Shamatha retreat at the Thanyapura Mind Centre in Phuket, Thailand, with B. Alan Wallace. Podcasts will be posted daily during the retreat.
 
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Shamatha, Vipashyana, Mahamudra, and Dzogchen
 
Spring 8-Week retreat on Shamatha, Vipashyana, and Mahamudra, based upon two texts: Panchen Lozang Chökyi Gyaltsen’s Highway of the Jinas: A Root Text on the Precious Geluk-Kagyü Mahamudra Tradition, and Karma Chagmé’s Naked Awareness: Practical Teachings on the Union. During this year's 8-week retreat Alan will grant the oral transmission and commentary to the teachings on the root text The Highway of the Jinas: A Root Text on the Precious Geluk-Kagyü Mahamudra Tradition and its auto-commen ...
 
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Fall 2014 Shamatha, Vipashyana, Dream Yoga
 
This eight-week retreat will focus on three of the six transitional processes, namely: the Transitional Process of Living, with teachings on śamatha and vipaśyanā, the Transitional Process of Dreaming, with teachings on dream yoga, and the Transitional Process of Meditation with teachings on Dzogchen meditation. All these teachings will be based on the text The Profound Dharma of The Natural Emergence of the Peaceful and Wrathful from Enlightened Awareness Stage of Completion Instructions on ...
 
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Alan Wallace Shamatha Teachings Fall 2010
 
Welcome! On this site you’ll find downloadable podcasts from the Fall 2010 Shamatha Retreat led by B. Alan Wallace in Phuket, Thailand. Follow along with the retreat as Wallace gives daily meditation instructions to help one cultivate attention and awareness as well as the qualities of love, compassion, joy and equanimity. Read more about Alan Wallace’s extensive background in Tibetan Buddhism at http://www.alanwallace.org/index.htm. Check out the Phuket International Academy Mind Centre at ...
 
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Fall 2011 Shamatha Retreat
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Dharma talks and guided meditations given six days per week during the Fall, 2011 eight-week Shamatha retreat at the Thanyapura Mind Centre in Phuket, Thailand, with B. Alan Wallace. Podcasts will be posted daily during the retreat.
 
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Spring 2012 Shamatha Retreat
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Spring 2012 shamatha retreat audio teachings with Alan Wallace. Live from the Thanyapura Mind Centre in Phuket, Thailand.
 
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Fall 2013 Shamatha and the Bodhisattva Way of Life
 
Alan Wallace Fall 2013 8-Week retreat on Shamatha and the Bodhisattva Way of Life, including teachings on the Seven-Point Mind-Training and A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, by B. Alan Wallace at the Thanyapura Mind Centre in Phuket, Thailand, from September 2nd- October 28th, 2013
 
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Alan Wallace Live from Phuket!
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Welcome! This is now an archive page for Dr. Alan Wallace’s teachings from the Spring 2010 Shamatha Retreat in the wonderful Phuket International Academy Mind Centre! This podcast feed was 100% created and updated by us (his students here in Phuket) so we can share Alan’s diamond-sharp teachings! This podcast was created live every day during the retreat in 2010. We will still maintain this site because the teachings are timeless. For more information, please contact the great people at info ...
 
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Alan Wallace Fall 2012 Retreat Podcast: Vipashyana, Four Applications of Mindfulness
 
Teachings from the eight-week retreat at Thanyapura Mind Centre, Phuket, Thailand
 
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Advanced Mindfulness of Breath Meditation
 
This recording will introduce you to Mindfulness of Breath Meditation as a concentration practice or what is known as Shamatha. If you are new to mindfulness of breath meditation, you may wish to down load my recording for beginners and practice this for some time before trying this more advanced practice.
 
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Meditations, 8-Week Retreat (2016)
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Spring 8-Week retreat on Shamatha, Vipashyana, and Mahamudra, based upon two texts: Panchen Lozang Chökyi Gyaltsen’s Highway of the Jinas: A Root Text on the Precious Geluk-Kagyü Mahamudra Tradition, and Karma Chagmé’s Naked Awareness: Practical Teachings on the Union. During this year’s 8-week retreat Alan will grant the oral transmission and commentary to the teachings on the root text The Highway of the Jinas: A Root Text on the Precious Geluk-Kagyü Mahamudra Tradition and its auto-commen ...
 
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Fall 2015 Stage of Generation
 
This eight-week retreat will focus on stage of generation, shamatha, vipashyana and mahamudra. Participants in this retreat should have a sound understanding of the Sutrayana teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, and have experience in the practices of shamatha, the four applications of mindfulness, and the four immeasurables. Please read the text, A Spacious Path to Freedom: Practical Instructions on the Union of Mahamudra and Atiyoga, by the great 17th-century master Karma Chagmé (from the chapt ...
 
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Glen Svensson Tutorials for SBI 8-Week Retreat (2016)
 
29 Mar 2016 – 24 May 2016 Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, Italy Spring 8-Week retreat on Shamatha, Vipashyana, and Mahamudra, based upon two texts: Panchen Lozang Chökyi Gyaltsen’s Highway of the Jinas: A Root Text on the Precious Geluk-Kagyü Mahamudra Tradition, and Karma Chagmé’s Naked Awareness: Practical Teachings on the Union.
 
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Becoming Buddha Cross River Meditation Center Podcast
 
This a recording of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey from July 4, 2017. This talk and sangha discussion is the on the Kimsuka Sutta. In this sutta the Buddha uses the metaphor of a Swift Pair of Messengers to teach the importance of Right Meditation. A related article is here: Kimsuka S ...…
 
In this special taping of the Wisdom Podcast in front of a live audience at Harvard Divinity School, renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher Alan Wallace explores with us the benefits of shamatha practice for leading a balanced life. Recorded as part of his Wisdom Academy course, “Shamatha: Meditation for Balanced Living,” Alan shares with us the mea ...…
 
In this special taping of the Wisdom Podcast in front of a live audience at Harvard Divinity School, renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher Alan Wallace explores with us the benefits of shamatha practice for leading a balanced life. Recorded as part of his Wisdom Academy course, “Shamatha: Meditation for Balanced Living,” Alan shares with us the mea ...…
 
This guided meditation flows through a progression of different methods traversing shamatha and vipashyana to arrive at nonmeditation.
 
Since today is like the last day of school before summer break, Alan guides us through the final exam mediation traversing shamatha, vipashyana, and nonmeditation. He then address the question of how we can implement the teachings and what we have learned during this eight week retreat in our daily lives. Since Dzogchen can be seen as the highe ...…
 
Alan begins by explaining that, in the context of Dzogchen, meditation means simply sustaining the view. But, we may ask, what comes first, how do we find the view? There are two approaches, we can get to meditation by way of the view or we can get to view by way of meditation. Young people may be attracted to taking the track of meditation by ...…
 
In this session, we go deeper into the culmination of the practice of settling the body, speech and mind in their natural states, Shamatha without a Sign, or Awareness of Awareness. This practice was rarely taught by the Buddha, not because it is not important but possibly because it is too subtle and therefore of benefit for a select group of ...…
 
The guided meditation is a shamatha practice that begins with the Asanga method of mindfulness of breathing and then shifts to the Dzogchen approach to mindfulness of breathing.
 
Alan begins the session by addressing the question of whether it is OK to switch shamatha practices in the middle of a single session and to use a variety of practices while working through the stages of shamatha. He suggests that the advice of Vairochana and Je Tsongkhapa to find a practice and do it exclusively until one achieves shamatha is ...…
 
The guided meditation practice follows the instructions for Shamatha without a Sign of Yangthang Rinpoche.
 
In this final session exploring the sequence of stages leading to shamatha, Alan explores the final transition into the actual achievement of shamatha, or access to the first jhana. The practice of Awareness of Awareness, or Shamatha Without a Sign, he says, is similar to vajrayana practice in that imbedded in it is the notion of taking the fru ...…
 
Alan continues with the theme of retreat from this morning’s teachings. In this morning’s meditation, we “retreated” to the substrate. However, this is not the ultimate retreat. We can go beyond the substrate to rigpa. Realization of rigpa is not only relevant within the context of Dzogchen, but also in vajrayana practice, and in the process of ...…
 
In this session Alan explores the ninth stage of shamatha, Attentional Balance. This is the stage just prior to achieving shamatha. Alan likens shamatha to a deep retreat in which one retreats from somathic sensations, mental appearances, and the desire realm itself to the form and formless realms. At the end of the ninth stage, flawless samadh ...…
 
This session we complete the section of the root text on the teachings of Mañjuśrī, from “All ultimate sādhanas are synthesized as follows… .”This section of the teachings outlines one by one the elements in classic stage of generation sadhanas from the point of view of the Great Perfection. Before we begin the text itself, Alan dwells for some ...…
 
The guided meditation begins as a shamatha practice of resting in still awareness in the midst of motion and then shifts mid-way to a vipashyana practice inquiring whether the referent of I can be found.
 
The guided meditation is the shamatha practice of oscillating awareness between arousing the luminosity of awareness and releasing into the emptiness of space. When balance is found that maintains both luminosity and emptiness, rest in stillness doing nothing.
 
86 Shamatha Stages Seven and Eight Before we turn to stages seven and eight of the nine stages of shamatha, this session begins with a guided meditation employing Padmasambhava’s technique of oscillating between the luminosity and emptiness of awareness. After the meditation, Alan notes that he knows people who, having achieved stage six and se ...…
 
The guided meditation begins as shamatha practice following the pith instructions of Lerab Lingpa to simply rest in the continuous flow of luminous awareness. The practice then switches to a vipashyana inquiry asking, what is the referent of "my mind?" Is my mind the thoughts, feelings, emotions, and mental images that arise in awareness? Is my ...…
 
Alan starts the session by explaining that the whole point of Dzogchen practice is to see your own face as dharmakaya. With this being the case, the question comes up what stands in the way? What's the obstacle? The answer, your mind. We are mind havers by definition - sentient beings - and having a mind stands in the way of realizing our true ...…
 
In this session we go directly into a meditation based on the instructions of Lerab Lingpa to rest in an unbroken flow of awareness without being distracted by external appearances or identifying with subjective appearances. After the guided meditation, Alan highlights the importance of creating some breathing space by letting mental events be ...…
 
In this session we move on, conceptually at least, to the fourth stage of shamatha, Close Attention. The fourth stage corresponds to the second type of mindfulness described by Düdjom Lingpa, Manifest Mindfulness. Here, you no longer completely forget the object and maintain a continuity of attention for as long as one hour with less effort. A ...…
 
Alan prepares us for the teachings of Hūmchenkara with a vipashyana meditation on the emptiness of outer appearances inner awareness, and the boundary between them. We start with the shamatha practice of Settling the Mind In its Natural State, which requires only the tweak of asking questions about the nature of the appearances arising to make ...…
 
Topics include: - Shamatha (calm abiding) - 9 stages (mind perspective) - 5 stages (event perspective) - 3 criteria for conventional existence (Tsongkhapa) - displays of the ground (4 kayas, 5 primordial consciousnesses) - displays of the ground (5 lights, 5 elements, 5 poisons) URL for Flipchart folder: http://imgur.com/a/rX7ll ![Imgur](http:/ ...…
 
Alan begins this session with talking about the importance of understanding the context of the practices. Bringing these practices to their culmination over the longer term can only be done through a rich understanding of their significance for the entire path and taking satisfaction in the process. Alan has been surprised to see very gifted pe ...…
 
In this session Alan continues exploring the nine stages on the path to shamatha, focusing his comments on Stage 2, Continuous Attention. He begins by likening a long term shamatha retreat to a detox program in which we turn our attention and priorities from obsessively pursuing happiness in external stimulation and focus them on our own inner ...…
 
With this session Alan continues the series of teachings on the stages of shamatha with the first stage, Directed Attention. It is crucial that we understand both the path to shamatha and the signs that shamatha has been achieved. If we don’t have a clear understanding of this, we may think that we have achieved shamatha, or a certain stage of ...…
 
This session is the first of what Alan says will be a series of morning sessions devoted to looking at what in Tibetan literally means, “Nine methods for stilling the mind.” A common misunderstanding of these nine is to see them as an array of tools that can be picked up and put down at will, or as a sequence of goals to be taken on with an acc ...…
 
The guided meditation is a vipashyana practice examining the nature of the nominal knower that remains even after the achievement of shamatha.
 
In this session Alan focuses on a crucial point that will determine whether our practice of shamatha and vipashyana will actually lead us onto the path. To explain this, he quotes and explains a few lines from Yangthang Rinpoche’s Synthesis of the View, Meditation, and Conduct that describe cutting through the reification of a knower that remai ...…
 
Welcome to the Ask Susan podcast. This is episode #12. I’m really excited to be able to offer this to you. Each week, I will answer a question about spirituality and meditation practice. Please click here to ask me your question. Fran participated in the Open Heart Project’s 21-Day meditation challenge and was good enough to do the practice I t ...…
 
The guided meditation begins with the shamatha practice of Settling the Mind in Its Natural State and then shifts to a vipashyana investigation of the origin, location, and destination of the appearances as you observe them.
 
The guided meditation is the shamatha practice of Settling the Mind in Its Natural State. If shamatha without a sign leads to laxity, Alan suggests fortifying vividness by lightly observing the mental appearances that arise while remaining primarily aware of the stillness of awareness.
 
Alan discusses two major themes in this session: 1) we need a clear description of what it is like to achieve shamatha; 2) achieving shamatha is crucial for progressing along the path beyond shamatha and for stabilizing our realizations. Alan says that we now have a variety of methods at our disposal to proceed along the path to shamatha, but, ...…
 
The guided meditation begins with the shamatha practice of Merging Mind with Space and then shifts to the vipashyana examination of the boundary between space and awareness.
 
Contrary to the assumption of materialist science that all phenomena, including consciousness, can be known only by looking outwards, Alan begins this session with instructions for looking inwards to roll back the conceptual mind to a subtle awareness that precedes even the primal sense of I explored yesterday. This is the elemental substrate c ...…
 
This morning Alan continues the oral transmission of the Lake-Born Vajra’s pith instructions for Bringing the Impure Mind onto the Path excerpted from the Vajra Essence. He begins by pointing out two primary aspects of the practice: qualitative vividness and temporal vividness. By maintaining the stillness of awareness stability arises, which i ...…
 
Having covered the Four Greats up to its culmination of bodhicitta - the powerful motivation that imbues even nonmeditation with profound meaning - Alan guides us today back to a review of the shamatha method of Bringing the Impure Mind onto the Path. Since this practice is enormously useful and greatly emphasized by Düdjom Lingpa, Alan suggest ...…
 
This session we head back into vipashyana, beginning with an excursion through the Chittamatra view. Alan explains the complete congruence of Dudjom Lingpa’s presentation with that of Prasangika Madhyamika proponents such as Je Tsongkhapa. It’s not a presentation of whether the domains of the internal, external and the appearances between actua ...…
 
In this session, Alan explores the fourth of the Four Greats, Great Equanimity, and begins by asking by what criterion can you assess whether your practice is evolving in the right direction. The standard should be something deeper than whether you are at the moment feeling good or not. Rather, you can more meaningfully gauge your practice by y ...…
 
Alan returns to the theme of path that he explored in this morning’s teachings. If you achieve shamatha, you may be tempted to remain in the bliss, luminosity and nonconceptuality of this state. Knowledge of the path and the view will help to propel you through shamatha so that you continue on the path until you eventually realize rigpa. Alan s ...…
 
Alan begins the session discussing the interrelationship among the first three Greats (Great Compassion, Great Loving Kindness, and Great Empathetic Joy). If we are totally consumed by survival, or are mired in suffering, then questions about the causes of happiness do not even arise. As soon as we are no longer drowning in our own suffering, t ...…
 
The guided meditation begins with the shamatha practice of Taking Appearances and Awareness onto The Path and then shifts into a vipashyana examination of the origin, location, and destination of those appearances.
 
By way of introducing this session’s practice, Alan notes that in our root text we first entered the door of emptiness by investigating personal and phenomenal identity via the teachings of Avalokiteśvara . Today we enter the door of appearances -- exploring the manner in which appearances are delusive -- by way of the teachings of the Lake-Bor ...…
 
Alan begins the session by reminding us that until we achieve shamatha we should get used to a mind that is changing like the weather. As we evaluate our practice by how IT is going, the idea might come up that we need a retreat from the retreat because the mind is so noisy. One option is the relaxing and soothing withdrawal into the body of mi ...…
 
The guided meditation starts with the shamatha practice of Taking Appearances and Awareness onto the Path and then shifts to a vipashyana investigation of whether I can be found in appearances.By B. Alan Wallace.
 
The guided meditation begins as a shamatha practice of Settling the Mind in Its Natural State and that shifts to a vipashyana practice exploring the relationship between awareness and appearances and examining the findability of the basis of designation for “I.”By B. Alan Wallace.
 
Alan begins the session with a brief point on lojong, and the importance of being able to integrate whatever comes up in our lives into our dharma practice. Otherwise, when life goes well we’ll have little incentive to practice, and when difficulties arise, we won’t have time for practice. He emphasize that while practicing lojong, we should be ...…
 
Alan says that when we meditate, we often have the feeling that there are three entities present: the mind; the meditator; and the one who is evaluating the meditation. This sense of self is not constant, but appears in surges, especially when grasping or reification are particularly strong. Today’s afternoon meditation is a vipashyana practice ...…
 
This evening Alan talked about the inner and outer pre-requisites for achieving shamatha then, following the guided practice of shamatha-vipashyana, took up the root text from “When you are on the path, do not engage in even the slightest…” right through to the end. Alan begins by comparing shamatha to the ‘on-ramp’ for a freeway. Once you’re o ...…
 
Alan begins the evening session with the reminder that we have five weeks left and are now at "cruising altitude” in the retreat. With the weeks remaining Alan recommends that our relatively nonconceptual shamatha practices of Mindfulness of Breathing and Awareness of Awareness will especially benefit from the serene environment of the retreat. ...…
 
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