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by Leah Zahler

Category: Other Eastern Religions and Sacred Texts
Subcategory: Religious books
Author: Leah Zahler
ISBN: 1559393254
ISBN13: 978-1559393256
Language: English
Publisher: Snow Lion; Translation edition (June 16, 2009)
Pages: 528
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Leah Zahler, poet and scholar, graduated from Smith College and received a P. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Virginia.

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p. cm. Includes translations from Tibetan. Includes English translations of Tso-kha-pa Blo-bza-grags-pa's Bsam gzugs zin bris and Dkon-mchog 'Jigs-med-dba-po's Bsam gzugs chen mo las mdor bsdus te bkod pa bsam gzugs kyi rnam bag legs bad bum bza. Includes bibliographical references.

At the same time, they intersperse their presentations with captivating descriptions of the sometimes fantastic and astonishing cosmology that provides the background and context for Buddhist practice.

First published in 1983. Wisdom Publications PO Box 4BJ London W1 and Conishead Priory Ulverston, Cumbria England

Study and Practice of Meditation gives a vivid and detailed account of the meditative practices necessary to develop a calm, alert mind that is capable of penetrating the depths of reality. The Buddhist meditative states known as the concentrations and formless absorptions are best known in the West from Theravada scriptures and from Vasubandhu’s Treasury of Manifest Knowledge. In this book the reader is exposed to Tibetan Buddhist views on the mental states attained through meditation as described by three contemporary Tibetan lamas. The book discusses the ways in which certain meditative states act as bases of the spiritual path as well as the nature of meditative calm and the prerequisites for cultivating and attaining it. In addition to reviewing and translating Tibetan sources, the author considers their major Indian antecedents and draws comparisons with Theravadin presentations.
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Amarin
This book is a real tome, and one has to admire the depth of scholarship displayed. The author makes it clear that this is basically a record from within the Gelugpa tradition of scholarship about types of meditation not generally practiced by those writing about it. That scholars-only flavor comes through loud and clear in the dense, heavily-annotated text, and I wish I had known that this was purely an academic treatise before plunking down money for it. The other reviews here do the potential reader a disservice by failing to mention this important fact. This is most definitely NOT a book from which to actually learn these practices, and if I were reviewing it on those grounds it would rate one star. Out of great respect for the scholarship, I give it 4.

Books to actually learn these techniques and put them into practice: The Attention Revolution, by B. Alan Wallace (superb), and the related text Calming the Mind: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Cultivating Meditative Quiescence, by Gelugpa meditation master Gen Lamrimpa. For most readers these will be far better choices.
Styphe
Intellectual/academic diarrhoea; absolutely of no practical use whatsoever.
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