Bringing the Mind to Rest- Part One

I. Introduction
Shamatha and Vipasyana
A Metaphor
Your Toolbox
II. Nine Ways of Resting the Mind
Settling the Mind
Movement within Stillness
A key distinction 
Training the Mind
Pacifying Distractions
Single-Pointed State
Resting in Equanimity
Metaphors for the progression of your practice 
III. Working with Resistance and Practical Applications
Six Forces
Four ways of working with the mind
IV. Insight
Why is insight important?
Common insight
Insights of the Buddha
V. Integration

Recommended reading in order of usefulness.
1. Ninth Karmapas' Ocean of Definitive Meaning by Khenchen Thrangu.
This text is very approachable and covers the practice of shamatha and vipasyana according to the Kagyu lineage of the Mahamudra tradition.
2. Mahamudra: The Moonlight. Quintessence of Mind and Meditation by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal.
This is the most comprehensive and practical text in the Kagyu lineage for the practice of common shamatha and vipasyana as well as the uncommon shamatha and vipasyana of the Mahamudra tradition. Younge Khachab Rinpoche recommends this text for an exhaustive analysis of the practice.
3. Treasury of Knowledge v7-8: Foundations of Buddhist Study and Practice by Jamgon Kongtrul.
Kongtrul presents the key aspects of the practice of meditation as well as the five paths by which practitioners progress on the path. This academic text provides more background and supporting literature than many other works. 
4. Crystal Clear: Practical advice for Mahamudra meditators by Khenchen Thrangu.
This text is very short and practical. Simple instruction and meditation advice.

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