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The Nine Stages of Shamatha and Calm Beneath the Waves (MP3 CD)
The Nine Stages of Shamatha and Calm Beneath the Waves (MP3 CD)
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The nine stages of shamatha meditation often are colorfully represented in tangkhas or wall paintings in which the stages are illustrated by a meditator making his way up a path, gradually letting go of distractions, and transforming his relationship with his mind. In the painting, every aspect of this process is depicted symbolically. For example, the mind of dullness is represented by a grey elephant and the mind of agitation or wildness is represented by a monkey. With this engaging painting as a backdrop, Lama Kathy Wesley in Talk 1 provides an extensive instruction on basic meditation: putting the body at ease through meditation postures, putting the mind at ease through mental techniques, and using antidotes and remedies to work with the obstacles of agitation and dullness. She concludes this talk by explaining how to work skillfully with meditation experiences that typically arise -- well-being, clarity, and non-thought. In the subsequent talks, Lama Kathy leads us through the “Nine Stages of Shamatha” illustration multiple times, first to introduce the symbolic iconography and then to slowly refine our understanding of how we meditate, how our mind develops in meditation, how we work with obstacles, and how we develop the skills of mindfulness and alertness. In her final talk, Lama Kathy explains how the six powers (hearing, contemplation, memory, awareness, diligence and familiarization) can be used to accomplish the nine stages of shamatha meditation. She also provides detailed advice on deepening our practice through short half-day retreats. She concludes by describing the path of practice that follows the nine stages of shamatha. Throughout this weekend, Lama Kathy skillfully and humorously responded to questions from the audience and offered numerous instructions designed to help us bring the benefits of meditation practice into our day-to-day lives. The public talk, "Calm Beneath the Waves," is included as a bonus track. In this public talk, Lama Kathy Wesley speaks generally about the theory and practice of Buddhist meditation. See complete description with the DVD listing. Four talks and one bonus talk on one MP3 CD.
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