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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; New edition edition (13 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155939353X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559393539
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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HASH(0x90cd4a44) out of 5 stars a compendious study of the four immeasurables 6 Dec. 2010
By Nate DeMontigny - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Four Immeasurables: Practices to Open the Heart" is a compendious study of the four immeasurables, the precursor to generating bodhichitta, a core piece in Tibetan Buddhist teachings.

For those unfamiliar with the four immesaurables, which can be written or recited in various ways, they are as follows...

May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes.
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes.
May all sentient beings not be separated from sorrowless bliss.
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger

B. Alan Wallace, a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner who was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has been practicing, studying and teaching since the 1970's. His knowledge and commentary are world renowned as being approachable and understandable.

With this edition, the third edition, Wallace focuses on samatha meditative practices in conjunction with a study of the four immeasurables. Throughout the book there are various mediation practices which are outlined in a manner that both beginner and advanced practitioner can put into action.

Samatha meditation, also know as calm abiding, is a technique that with practice helps the practitioner nurture attention which is not only focused, but is sustainable in a manner that which takes little, to no effort.

Wallace's approach is as clear as it gets. His research and study of the Dharma is evident in his ability to quote masters throughout the years and draw on their teachings in way that translates well to the Western world.
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HASH(0x90cd4a98) out of 5 stars Another Winner by Allan Wallace 22 Oct. 2010
By Matthew J. Schimpf - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a work of profound depth, innate beauty and uncommon clarity. A friendly, unpretentious piece that leads the reader on an intellectual journey that will hopefully pique one's interest in delving deeper into non-duality via the four immeasurables: loving kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity. I don't understand how anybody could refute the desperate need for more, much more of these states of mind in this horribly afflicted world. In my humble opinion, this is a wonderful place to begin understanding the fundamentals of Buddhist completive practice. 4 luminous and vivid stars.
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HASH(0x90cd4d74) out of 5 stars A foundational book, a must read for the Buddhist practitioner 19 Jun. 2013
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This is one of the foundational books needed in a Buddhist reader's spiritual life. After reading several basic books on Buddhism, including at least one teaching the practice of mindfulness of breathing (such as Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana), it's time to turn to the four immeasurables. In a tradition famous for teaching the four noble truths of suffering, this book emphasizes the positive side of the equation. How would you see the world once awakened and how do you get there? Anger, desire, stress, and other negative mental states would be a thing of the past. Life would be viewed inclusively through the four immeasurables. Almost the first half of this book reviews and summarizes the necessity of a strong ethical and meditation foundation from which the four immeasurable practices are followed. Then there are chapters on each of the practices; loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. Each of the chapters explains the Buddhist meaning of the term and then outlines several meditation practices and day to day guidelines. The final chapter gives important pointers on developing insight so that your understanding goes beyond the intellectual. This book is very readable, and extremely worthwhile for both the novice and experienced practitioner.
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HASH(0x90cd4c6c) out of 5 stars Brilliant 25 July 2011
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I was lucky to study this book with Mr Wallace in a week long workshop given by the Insight Yoga Institute. The most brilliant presentation I've ever been a part of. The book is written clearly and concisely and is a must have if you are on a mediative path. For that matter it's a must have if you're on any path!
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Simple, clear and to the point. Never have I had meditation explained to me in such a usable manner. It has proven to be a springboard for my daily journey inward.
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