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B. Alan Wallace is an author and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism from Santa Barbara, California. Use this tag for questions referencing content in his books and lectures.

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What is the practice people call "shamata practice". Where did this idea come from?

I have been studying and practicing meditation for over a decade, mainly following Kamalashila's stages of meditation as a guide. I learned that Shamata is defined as the single-mindedness which is ...
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What is the meaning of "O Laso"?

Alan Wallace says this regularly, for example, at the beginning of this lecture: http://media.sbinstitute.com/courses/fall2012/13-loving-kindness-1/ Is it Tibetan? What is its direct translation?
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Awakening into meditative state

One night I awoke straight into meditative state(I practice Samatha),it was so odd that really awoke me for real.If I hadn't of been so surprised I might have just gone with it.anyone else ? Other ...
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What path does B. Alan Wallace teach?

I am long time student of Chogyam Trungpa. Unfortunately, the current situation at the sangha (now Shambhala International) is in a state of chaos. I am interested in becoming B. Alan Wallace's ...
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Meditation on Awareness : objects and phenomena vs Awareness

On http://media.sbinstitute.com/courses/spring2016/91/ , there is an Awareness-based meditation where we are invited to observe the various objects that we are aware off : thoughts, sounds, sensations,...
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Substrate consciousness and Rigpa

I think both substrate and rigpa are not a state - they pervade into states. Substrate consciousness pervades on waking state and dreaming state - so in the substrate consciousness we can have lucid ...
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text for the 2013 course: Shamatha and the Bodhisattva Way of Life. Class 2 on Motivation and 7 Point Mind Training

Alan mentions a handout for this class from which he's teaching the Lojong. Is there any way to acquire this hand out or; is there a text that goes along with this lojong portion of the class?
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How to balance an attitude of "effortless non-striving" with proper posture?

In Karma-Chagme's book, "A Spacious Path to Freedom", he emphasizes the importance of correct posture in directing the vital energies to the central channel. In particular, he mentions (1) the tongue ...
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How does one do mindfulness of breathing with relaxation?

In this lecture, by B. Alan Wallace, of mindfulness of breathing with relaxation, it has been instructed that I have to release all thoughts, relax every part of the body and let go of all involuntary ...
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Is a Ghatika an ideal minimum meditation duration?

I've been reading books written by, or associated with Alan Wallace, that describe a period of time that is new to me - Ghatika (24 minute period). A session of twenty-four minutes is a good ...