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The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind

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Meditation offers, in addition to its many other benefits, a method for achieving previously inconceivable levels of concentration. Author B. Alan Wallace has nearly thirty years' practice in attention-enhancing meditation, including a retreat he ...
Paperback, Large Print, 338 pages
Published October 8th 2010 by ReadHowYouWant (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sep 11, 2008 Bobby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in meditation
Recommended to Bobby by: Buddhist Geeks podcast
Fascinating tour of the 9 nine stages of shamatha, the ultimate achievement of which Tibetan Buddhist thought considers necessary before Vipassana or insight meditation practice training is even begun. That's apparently a very strict interpretation, because according to the author, the achievement of shamatha - which apparently results in a perfectly "healthy" mind - able to focus laser like attention on anything one wishes - is exceedingly rare in the modern world - especially in the West. Most ...more
Janne Asmala
Feb 20, 2009 Janne Asmala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meditation
A well-written guide to meditative concentration practice, interweaving traditional wisdom with a solid scientific perspective. My only quibble is that much of the book concentrates on hard-to-reach advanced stages of concentration, for which the book by itself is an insufficient guide in any case.
Dec 23, 2016 Kai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When I bought the book, that was because I thought: "Oh yes, I could really do better in so many aspects if I could focus my attention better." (And also because my wife is a Buddhist and therefore we have a general interest in the topic.) When I opened the book, it was clear very soon that the book was not made for me. It introduces the ten steps of meditative insight that lead to a stage of Shamatha where attention is sustained, perfect and effortless. Out of these ten stages, the first two ca ...more
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Mar 23, 2016 Yolanda Ruiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Libro interesante para entender el shamata desde el punto de vista del budismo tibetano. Hay cosas que resultarían sorprendentes incluso en una película de ciencia ficción pero eso espolea la imaginación, que nunca es malo!!
Sep 02, 2012 Hollis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed ths, but given my own progress, it was quickly beyond me in its instructions
May 08, 2016 Gerardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(In Spanish below)

"The Attention Revolution" is Alan Wallace take on the 9 stages conducive to shamatha (meditative quiescence) according to the Indo-Tibetan Buddhism tradition. The book also provides meditations on the Four Immeasurables, Lucid Dreaming and Dream Yoga practices to complement the shamatha practice, aswell as small dissertations about his personal experiences with the practice, modern scientific research and clarifications about commonly misconceived terms (such as mindfulness).

May 21, 2015 Kenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I got to all of stage 2 and then stopped because... craving....more food (which is bound up by the more unmentionable version) - great read that helped me see the linkage between lax and relaxing. I would dip back into this when I'm...less craving
Shashi Martynova
Понятная и прозрачная методичка (sic) по шаматхе и випашьяне, годится даже для людей, которые впервые слышат о дыхательных практиках. Писано сильно практикующим человеком с двумя высшими (западными) образованиями и многолетним опытом протяженных ретритов по шаматхе.
Mike Kraman
Aug 04, 2011 Mike Kraman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book!!! It teaches meditation skills and how to concentrate. I am a some of the Buddhist stuff I needed to let slip by, but if you go through the first couple of levels you will be amazed!
Francesca Hampton
One of the best books on understanding meditation and buddhist practice i have even read. Working my way through all of A;an Wallace's books now. A superb teacher with the background and realizations to speak with authority.
Stopped reading this book because I lost interest in it. There were many claims about what this book would help with, but it all requires the dedication of meditation.
Yeshe-Phillip Carbo
This is a very good introduction to meditation and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning not only how to meditate but how to deepen and enhance one's practice of meditation.
Andre Graham
It's a good description of the stages of meditation but I find his introduction to various other techniques past stage 4 an annoying distraction, if I ever reached that far!!!
Oct 31, 2009 Shea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I've only read the first several chapters; everything after that is kind of abstract, and I will have to return it to the library soon. Brilliant and very helpful.
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