This day-long seminar led by B. Alan Wallace explores in theory and practice
three different methods for developing meditative quiescence, or shamatha:
mindfulness of the breath as taught in the Theravada tradition (an effective
approach to soothing the body and calming the discursive mind); "settling
the mind in its natural state" (an approach pertinent to Dzogchen practice);
and "shamatha without signs" - as taught by Padmasambhava.
The achievement of shamatha is widely regarded in Buddhism as an indispensible
foundation for the cultivation of contemplative insight (vipashyana). This
seminar consists of lectures, guided meditations, and discussion periods.
Recorded on August 30, 2008 at the Unity Church of Santa Barbara, CA.