BRIDGE OF QUIESCENCE: Experiencing Tibetan Buddhist Meditation by B. Allen Wallace
The Bridge of Quiescence" includes a translation of a classic discussion by the fifteenth-century Tibetan contemplative, Tsongkhapa, of methods for developing exceptionally high degrees of attentional stability and clarity.
For centuries, Tibetan Buddhist contemplatives have directly explored consciousness through carefully honed, rigorous techniques of meditation.
Professor Wallace explains the methods and experiences of those Tibetan practitioners and compares these with investigations of consciousness by Western scientists and philosophers.
CALMING THE MIND: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on the Cultivation of Meditative Quiescence by Gen Lamrimpa, translated by B. Alan Wallace, edited by Hart Sprager
To stabilize the mind in one-pointed concentration is the basis of all forms of meditation. Gen Lamrimpa is a meditation master who lives in a meditation hut in Dharamsala and who has been called to teach by the Dalai Lama. He leads the meditator step-by-step through the stages of meditation and past the many obstacles that arise along the way. He discusses the qualities of mind that represent each of nine levels of attainment and the six mental powers. This book was previously titled Shamatha Meditation.
DZOGCHEN MEDITATION by Khamtrul Rinpoche, annotated by Gareth Sparham
The present book is an English translation of rdor sems thugs kyi sgrub pa'i khrid yig rab gsal snang wa. This is an explanation of the complete rdzogs chen meditation practice: being Lo chen Dharma - sri's guide through a Gter bdag gling pa treasure text, a text first taught by the second Buddha Padmasambhava to his inner circle of thirty extraordinary women with wisdom.
ESSENCE OF AMBROSIA: A Guide to Buddhist Comtemplations by Taranatha, translated by Willa Baker
Essence of Ambrosia is a guide to Buddhist meditation, composed by the prolific and eclectic Tibetan scholar and practitioner Taranatha (1575-1634). Following the lead of Atisha, Taranatha expounds a graduated approach (known as lam rim) to cognitive and meditative development designed to address the needs of three types of person: the person of lesser, average and greater capacity.
Taranatha's innovative contribution to this genre is to instruct the student in "contemplation sessions", that specifically guide a beginning Buddhist practitioner through the traditional practices of meditation, beginning with devotional reflection up to the apex of Buddhist meditation, insight (vipassana) meditation. The result is a remarkably accessible and concise insider's guide to the Mahayana Buddhist path.
Here is a modern classic of unusually clear, practical instruction for the practice of Buddhist meditation , how one relates with the breath, feelings, thoughts, sense perceptions, consciousness, and everyday activities. Basic Buddhist topics such as the nature of karma, the four noble truths, the factors of enlightenment, dependent origination, and devotion are discussed.
Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration and Meditation by Joel Levey, Michelle Levey
"The Fine Arts" is a skillful blend of time-proven antidotes to the stress of modern life. In this book, Joe and Mich'l Levey condense four decades of self-mastery. They lead the student from simple self regulation of stress responses to the heights of self knowledge, spiritual and transpersonal awareness.
Foundation of Buddhist Meditation by Kalu Rinpoche
In this book (reprinted from a pamphlet), the four teachings which motivate religious practice and the attributes of the Three Jewels are explianed. If one completely understands the significance of all these things, one will turn away from the cycle of existence and strive to practice freedom, will believe in action and results (karma) and will either obtain Buddhahood in this life or will become free of this cycle, etc. Moreover when many positive qualities are cultivated, one will consolidate a basis for the holy Dharma. So, please, don't just penetrate the significance of all three things, but, in addition, strive at Dharma practice." ~Kalu Rinpoche, from the Introduction
Practitioners of other meditation forms such as dzogchen, mahamudra and zazen will find that this work on the oldest form of Buddhist meditation provides new insight into their own practices. The general reader will benefit from its clear language and constant reminders of how each day presents us with opportunities to learn at every moment.
Since its publication in 1977, Gesture of Balance has become one of the most widely-read books on meditation available today. In clear, direct language it relates the profound insights of an ancient wisdom tradition to our present situation, showing us how to develop our inner resources and awaken body, mind, and senses to new horizons of experience.
This book is a teaching given by Thrangu Rinpoche on how to practice shamata and insight meditation. Since Rinpoche is from Kagyu lineage of Buddhism, he presents meditation from the Vajrayana perspective. This style of meditaion is extremely effective and has produced thousands of enlightened individuals over the centuries.