This MP3 set chronicles the seven-day The Way of Shamatha retreat
held at Santa Barbara's historic Old Mission in April 2008.
The achievment of shamatha, or meditative quiescence, is widely regarded
in the Buddhist tradition as an indispensable foundation for the cultivation
of contemplative insight (vipashyana).
In this retreat, B. Alan Wallace introduces the theory and practice of
three methods for developing shamatha, beginning with the practice of
mindfulness of breathing as taught in the Theravada tradition.
He then explores an approach to shamatha that is pertinent for
Dzogchen practice, called "settling the mind in its natural state," as taught
by the 19th century Dzogchen master Lerab Lingpa.
Lastly, Dr. Wallace explores the practice of "shamatha without a sign" as
taught by Padmasambhava, who comments in his classic treatise Natural
Liberation that this subtle practice may even result in a realization of
rigpa, or pristine awareness.
These audio MP3 CDs of the 2008 retreats have been remastered into two or three disk sets with improved sound quality and with each session broken down into teachings, discussions, & meditations making it much easier to navigate the files.