by Gen Lamrimpa, translated by B. Allan Wallace.
In 1988, Gen Lamrimpa, a Tibetan monk and contemplative, 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 teachings are brought to life by Gen
Lamrimpa's warmth, humor, and extensive personal experience as a
contemplative recluse. An invaluable, practical guide for those seeking
to develop greater attentional stability and clarity, this work will be
of considerable interest to meditators, psychologists, and all others
who are concerned with the potentials of the human mind.
"It is Gen Lamrimpa's familiarity with meditation on a deep experiential
level that makes his teachings so valuable and this a book to be
recommended."—Ani Jutima, Tibetan Review
"How to Practice Shamatha Meditation provides very practical and experientially grounded teachings."—Joe B. Wilson, The Tibet Journal
Gen Lamrimpa, born in Tibet in 1934, spent most of his life in meditative retreat in Dharamsala, India. He is also the author of Calming the Mind, one of the clearest books in English on shamatha meditation.
B. Allan Wallace, has written, edited, or translated more than thirty books on Tibetan Buddhism. He is much in demand as a teacher and is the founder of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies.