Shamatha and Vipashyana in the Dzogchen Tradition

Join renowned Buddhist teacher Alan Wallace to discover the Dzogchen tradition’s unique approach to shamatha and vipashyana through guided meditations and extensive oral commentary on the visionary writings of Dzogchen master Düdjom Lingpa.

What You’ll Learn

  • The importance of shamatha and vipashyana as preparation for Dzogchen
  • Practices to rest body, speech and mind in their natural state
  • How to practice shamatha focused on the nature of the mind
  • How to practice vipashyana in order to examine the nature and origin of the mind
  • The way in which the Dzogchen tradition understands the nature of mind as pristine awareness
  • A broad overview of the Great Perfection tradition as taught by Dzogchen master Düdjom Lingpa

About this Course

In this course we enter the visionary world of nineteenth-century Dzogchen master Düdjom Lingpa to explore the nature and origins of the mind, the ground of consciousness itself.  

The practices of shamatha and vipashyana rest at the heart of meditation throughout the Buddhist world. Here we follow the approach of the Great Perfection, the Dzogchen tradition, which emphasizes the practice of shamatha on the nature of mind itself as the core preparation to examine the mind’s mode of existence in vipashyana. Settling the mind into an underlying continuum of subtle awareness, we learn to see its role in nature, and the phenomenal world.

Alan Wallace guides us closely through the first three sections of The Sharp Vajra of Conscious Awareness Tantra, a text by Düdjom Lingpa, which he declares his most quintessential. Through rich exposition of this pithy and timely text, along with practical contemplations and reflection, you will understand how shamatha and vipashyana play an essential role in the fundamental practices of the Great Perfection, cutting through to pristine awareness (trekchö) and the direct crossing over to spontaneous actualization (tögal).



Lesson 1: The Visionary World of Düdjom Lingpa and the Primacy of Mind

In this first lesson, Alan Wallace introduces the tradition of Düdjom Lingpa and offers commentary on the root text for the course, The Sharp Vajra of Conscious Awareness Tantra. He also provides instruction for the practice of resting body, speech, and mind in their natural state and shamatha meditation on the mindfulness of breathing.


Lessons 2-10: Coming Soon Available on: 23-Oct-2017

Lesson 2 will be available on October 23, 2017. Stay tuned!

About the Teacher

B. Alan Wallace
Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. Alan Wallace, PhD, continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind. Dr. Wallace, a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted 14 years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford. He later studied Dzogchen with Gyatrul Rinpoche, a senior teacher in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. With his unique background, Dr. Wallace brings deep experience and applied skills to the challenge of integrating traditional Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with the modern world. He is the author and translator of several books, including Düdjom Lingpa’s Visions of the Great Perfection (which provided the root text for this course), Stilling the Mind: Shamatha Teachings From Dudjom Linpa’s Vajra EssenceTibetan Buddhism from the Ground Up, Natural Liberation: Padmasambhava’s Teachings on the Six Bardos, and The Attention Revolution.


Course Materials