Many people, when starting out learning meditation, are concerned about how they are going to time their practice.
In a class there’s usually someone leading who will ring bells for the start and end of the meditation session, and for any intermediate stages.
We offer some advice elsewhere on how you can time your meditation without “clock-watching” or otherwise becoming distracted by issues of timing.
But we’re also pleased to offer some MP3 files that will do the timing for you. Each of these files is designed for either the five-stage metta bhavana (development of lovingkindness) meditation or the four-stage mindfulness of breathing meditation.
There are bells to mark the start of the meditation, the transition to each stage, and the end.
You can either play the tracks here, or download them to your computer.
Metta bhavana, 30 minutes, bell every 6 minutes
Metta bhavana, 40 minutes, bell every 8 minutes
Metta bhavana, 60 minutes, bell every 12 minutes
Mindfulness of breathing, 20 minutes, bell every 5 minutes
Mindfulness of breathing, 30 minutes, bell every 7.5 minutes
Mindfulness of breathing, 40 minutes, bell every 10 minutes
Mindfulness of breathing, 60 minutes, bell every 15 minutes
I’m grateful to Vajramati of Triratna Buddhist Community NYC for putting these files together.