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This course, in a nutshell This is a very practical course for complete beginners which presents basic Buddhist meditation techniques. You will learn about the benefits of meditation, techniques
This course, in a nutshell
This is a very practical course for complete beginners which presents basic Buddhist meditation techniques. You will learn about the benefits of meditation, techniques of meditation, and we will practice those meditations together in a group. The benefits of meditating with others are enormous – we hear about each other’s experiences, questions and learn from each other.
This course is also suitable for you who are already familiar with meditation in other traditions – but would like to know more about how meditation is practiced in Tibetan Buddhism. It provides an overview of meditation and basic meditation techniques, including breathing meditation, mindfulness meditation, visualization meditation, and analytical meditation, in the context of the Tibetan Mahayana tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa (Gelug). It includes an explanation of what kinds of skills are developed in meditation and how to apply them in daily life.
This course is a standard FPMT introductory course under the name “Meditation 101”.
What level is this Course
Beginner / Intermediate
Tibetan Buddhism / Practical meditation
What will I learn on this course
The course teaches meditations that can be used to create more peace and happiness in one´s mind, relations and daily life. It includes an explanation of:
- what Buddhism brings in to the meditation, what is “Buddhist meditation”?
What is specific for Tibetan Buddhist meditation?
- meditation postures
- setting up a place for meditation, start a daily practice
- developing skills of concentration and mindfulness in meditation
- How to deal with obstacles in meditation
It provides an overview of meditation in general as well as specific meditation techniques including:
- concentration meditation such as breathing meditations
- mindfulness meditations
- visualization meditations
- analytical meditations, such as meditation on equanimity and all the Four Immeasurables
- Analytical meditations in transforming negative experiences into constructive ones
“Buddhist science of mind”
Students are also introduced to the Buddhist understanding of mind; as a nonphysical entity, a stream of constantly changing moments of consciousness. Read a detailed course description here.
What do I bring to my daily life
You will hopefully be inspired to start a daily practice and know how to use the different meditation techniques so that they can benefit you and you relations with others.
You will learn that it is possible to change your mind through meditation, and harmful mental habits can be eliminated and constructive ones developed and strengthened.
You will also learn how to deal with the various obstacles on meditation, that can prevent the mind from remaining focused – and methods for counteracting these obstacles.
Above all, you get to know all the practicalities; how to structure a meditation session and how to establish a long-term meditation practice.
This course includes many guided meditations.
The course materials for Buddhist Meditation are presented in five sessions.
The Session Outline
Each of the five sessions begins with an outline of the topics covered in the teachings and guided meditations. Begin each session by having a look at the outline to get an idea of the topics and meditations you will be learning about and the points you will be asked to reflect upon.
Once you listened to or read the explanations of the guided meditations in the teachings, you can do them whenever you wish and in whatever order you wish. In short, they are there to be used in whatever way suits you best.
The Points for Reflection
Each session of teachings concludes with points for reflection intended to stimulate a deeper and more personal engagement with the teachings. Please take the time to reflect upon them, either in a formal meditation session or by writing out your thoughts.
Supplementary Materials to support your study of this course:
– Summary of the Seven-Point Meditation Posture (the ideal meditation posture as well as appropriate ways to modify it according to one’s needs)
– Glossary of Buddhist Terms (please consult it whenever you come across an unfamiliar term)
There are no required readings for this course.
However, How to Meditate: A Practical Guide (available at our bookshop) by Kathleen McDonald is highly recommended as it includes some of the meditations covered in this course and many others.
Some recommended books on meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist are:
Approaching the Buddhist Path by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron
Step by Step: Basic Buddhist Meditations by Geshe Namgyal Wangchen
Wisdom Energy: Basic Buddhist Teachings by Lama Thubten Yeshe, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Jonathan Landaw
Tibetan Buddhism from the Ground Up: A Practical Approach for Modern Life by B. Alan Wallace and Steven Wilhelm
When is it
Dates: November 5, November 12, November 19, November 26, December 3
Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time to register and take a cup of tea.
We offer 20% discount for students, unemployed, and retired. To use this discount, please add the course to the cart, click on Checkout, and in the box “Coupon code” type in “Reduced Course Fee“.
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