Aug 31, 2011
Join Bodhipaksa on a meditation workshop (via Skype)
Meditation has transformed my life, and there’s nothing I love to see more than people learning to become happier and more fulfilled in their own lives.
So on September 15, I’m starting two new meditation workshops, using the videoconferencing capabilities of Skype. This is a unique opportunity to learn to calm your mind and bring more richness, joy, and meaning into your life. The courses will run initially for six weeks, with an option to stay on to explore the skills of meditation in more depth for a further twelve weeks.
For several months, now, I’ve been running meditation workshops on Skype. It’s turned out to be a great way to enjoy a sense of community, where we can share our practice and give each other support.
How does this work?
You’ll need to have Skype (it’s free) installed on your computer. And you’ll need a headset and webcam. Each week you’ll log on, and there will be a short talk, a guided meditation, and opportunity for discussion. Meetings last for 90 minutes.
Who is this suitable for?
This class is suitable for beginners and for more experienced meditators. Over six weeks of gatherings I’ll be covering the basics of the mindfulness of breathing practice, and the development of lovingkindness. If you’re already familiar with these practices, this will act as a refresher, reminding you of the basics, and helping you to let go of unhelpful habits that you may have developed.
After the initial six weeks, there will be an option to stay on in order to take your meditation skills to new depths. We’ll learn how to overcome specific types of distraction (hindrances) in meditation — such as anxiety, self-doubt, and anger — and also work on developing positive factors of joy, focused energy, and attentional stability.
How long does the course run?
The course will initially run for six weeks, during which time we’ll learn the basic forms of the practice. So there’s an initial six-week commitment. If the group would like to keep meeting, we’ll then go on to look at the techniques of meditation in more depth. The second part of the course would run for 12 weeks.
The initial six week introductory course and the follow-on twelve-week in-depth course are somewhat separate. You can leave after the first six weeks, do both components, or even join just for the 12-week component of the course.
What time and dates are available?
The course will run on Thursdays, starting September 15. There are two times available:
2:00–3:30 PM Eastern Time
This is especially suitable for people in Europe (it starts 7:00PM in the UK, for example), although it may also suit some people in North America.
10:00-11:30 Eastern Time
This is especially suitable for people in the US and Canada (it’s 7PM PST, 8PM MST, 9PM CST).
To convert these to your local times, check the Time Zone Converter and convert from “U.S.A. – New Hampshire – Concord” to your local time zone.
What’s the cost?
The course is by donation. I’m happy for you to give whatever you can comfortably afford. Your donation will either be by direct debit from your credit/debit card, or via Skype.
If you’d like to discuss anything regarding these courses (or if the times available aren’t suitable for you) please email me.
Advance reservation is essential for the course, so that we can set up our Skype accounts to link with each other, and so that we can test our connection in advance.
You can make a reservation here.
Here’s Vicky, one of my Skype students, talking about her experience: