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The author of the book: B. Alan Wallace
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Date of issue: October 8th 2010
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ISBN: 1458783898
ISBN 13: 9781458783899
Language: English
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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 can be achieved with part-time practice and fit into the schedule of a working person. The remaining stages require long periods of hermitage. I didn't even attempt the beginner's exercises (yet), though Wallace says that even those would lead to some improvement of one's well-being.
Yet, the book is interesting in its own right, even without following the exercises. Wallace has a background in science, psychology and Buddhism, and he has the gift of describing progress in awareness and introspection in a way that engages the reader and conveys a rough idea. (A rough idea is already good enough, because one can imagine that advanced mental concepts are labeled by words that cannot be fully grasped by novices or the unintiated: "Words used to describe such states of consciousness must give some idea to nonmeditators and novices of what takes place when high degrees of attentional balance are achieved. But it is a great mistake to assume that just because one has a layperson's knowledge of the meaning of these terms that one has understood what they mean in these rarefied contexts.") The book is also interspersed with some philosophical remarks and short discussions of dualism or ethics, which also work well for the casual reader.
In our family we have discussed if "Revolution" is an appropriate word for a book on slow, steady, gradual progress by means of meditation. It certainly is not - or only if strip the violent connotations of the word and revert to the original meaning of turning around. On the other hand, Wallace probably really needed a strong enough word to sum up what can be achieved when reaching the state of Shamatha, which is arriving with a sense of pressure on one's head, even though there is no influence on the outside of one's head.
The practical instructions of this book are really just for strongly motivated persons, but I really hope I'll come back to this again soon and least try my luck with the very first stage of Shamatha meditation.


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