What Meditation Really Is, Modules 2 & 3

(11 sessions)

This course deepens the practices introduced in module 1 of What Meditation Really Is, and introducesUsing our Senses, Thoughts and Emotions as a Support and Dropping the Method. Together they make-up the second course in a series called What Meditation Really Is.

Prerequisites: What Meditation Really Is – Module One
Tuition $150, student workbook $15, All the course videos are included online, you can also purchase them on DVD disc.
Optional:1 DVD (must be played in a computer) $25 plus shipping

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Content includes two courses titled Using our Senses, Thoughts and Emotions as a Support, and Dropping the Method – teachings which build on Module One, and presents the following new topics:

  • using the senses as an object of shamatha
  • using thoughts as an object of shamatha
  • using emotions as an object of shamatha
  • shamatha with and without support
  • practise throughout the day
  • shamatha without support—awareness
  • the three noble principles

It also revisits important principles that were established in the first module:

  • the ultimate goal of meditation
  • key principles of shamatha with support
  • the source of genuine contentment
  • an understanding of the two aspects of mind—its appearance and essence
  • the complete structure of the teaching on meditation

Through teachings on video, online discussions and contemplative exercises, students can begin to see the connection between experiences of happiness, peace and contentment, and the way mind perceives. This helps to understand how meditation can help us transform our mind and perceive differently, so that we discover a deeper contentment that is not reliant on outer circumstances.

You will also get an overview of the different methods used in practising shamatha with an object, and without an object, and have a chance to practise them. This module introduces the idea that all sensations, thoughts and emotions can be used as a basis for meditation practice: in short, everything that occurs during the meditative experience can be a basis for meditation, rather than distraction.

Students will have the opportunity to understand how shamatha with support leads into shamatha without support, and practise alternating between shamatha with and without support. The weekly sessions will help to maintain a stable daily practice and also develop the habit of practising for short moments, many times, throughout the day. Through the teaching and practice, it is possible to begin to identify more with the essence and nature of mind rather than the appearance of thoughts and emotions

The course offers a complete introduction to meditation and shows how it can unlock our natural confidence, compassion and creativity. Students will gain a genuine experience of meditation and all the tools they need to take the benefits into every aspect of their life.