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What Meditation Really Is, module 6 - Bringing the State of Non-distraction into Life. Module 6 focuses entirely on integration: how to integrate meditation in action, so that practice and everyday life are no longer separate and presents a clear framework, tools and methods for doing this.

Prerequisites: What Meditation Really Is – Modules 1, 2, 3
Tuition $75
Video Teachings are included online in the course. Optional:1 DVD (must be played in a computer) $20 plus shipping


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About Module 6: Bringing the State of Non-distraction into Life

This five-session module is the sixth in the series of modules called What Meditation Really Is:
Module 1: Introducing What Meditation Really Is
Module 2: Using our Senses, Thoughts and Emotions as a Support
Module 3: Dropping the Method
Module 4: Finding Motivation: Loving Kindness Meditation
Module 5: The Unifying Practice
Module 6: Bringing the State of Non-distraction into Life

Who is Module 6 for?

It is recommended that students complete at least Modules 1, 2 and 3 of the What Meditation Really Is course (which cover the methods of shamatha with and without support), beforejoining this module.

Modules 1 to 5 focus on formal practice. Shamatha with and without support are presented in modules 1 to 3, including instruction on how to use all the sources of distraction that one might ever experience on the cushion as a support for remaining in the state of non-distraction. We are also shown how to start bringing mindfulness, watchful awareness and spaciousness into activity, so that our daily life becomes more and more permeated with the atmosphere of practice.

Module 6 focuses entirely on integration: how to integrate meditation in action, so that practice and everyday life are no longer separate. Many contemporary Buddhist masters emphasize how important it is for students to find a healthy and even balance between meditation practice, relationships, family and work. These teachings on integration provide the key; showing how we can apply meditation to everything we encounter and everything we do—whenever and wherever we are, in every situation.

Sogyal Rinpoche says this about the importance of integration in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, pages 82–83:

I cannot say it strongly enough: to integrate meditation in action is the whole ground and point and purpose of meditation. The violence and stress, the challenges and distractions of modern life make this integration even more urgently necessary.

People complain to me, “I have meditated for twelve years, but somehow I haven’t changed. I am still the same. Why?” Because there is an abyss between their spiritual practice and their everyday life…

How, then, do we achieve this integration, this permeation of everyday life with the calm humor and spacious detachment of meditation? There is no substitute for regular practice, for only through real practice will we begin to taste unbrokenly the calm of our nature of mind and so be able to sustain the experience of it in our everyday life.

Module 6: Bringing the State of Non-distraction into Life, presents a clear framework, tools and methods for doing this.

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October 10 - November 14
(5 sessions)