This nine-disc DVD 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.