Nov 02, 2012
Two opportunities to learn meditation with Bodhipaksa
I’m pleased to offering two different ways to learn meditation. Both of these are ideal for people who have trouble making it along to a meditation center because they work evenings, don’t have a center located near them, or can’t get out of the house easily.
1. Four-Week Online Course
Since 2002, Wildmind has been offering online courses in meditation. In recent years these have been taught by Sunada, but this month I’m stepping back in to online teaching with a brand-new course called The Power of Mindfulness.
How does this work? Well, you’ll be given a username and password that gets you in to a special website.
- Once you’re there, you’ll find online readings to give you background information and something to think about.
- There are MP3 meditations that you can download to your iPod or phone and be guided through a variety of approaches to meditation (these are all recorded specially for this course).
- There’s a discussion forum so that you can ask questions and discuss your practice with your classmates.
- And you can email me every week and tell me what’s going on in your meditation practice, and I’ll write back with questions, personal guidance, and encouragement.
The beauty of this type of course is that it’s there where and when you want to be, 24/7. On the road and never in the same town two nights running? No problem. Work odd hours and find that the best time for you to learn is at midnight? Again, no problem. The course materials are always there for you.
What will you learn? You’ll learn what mindfulness is and what its benefits are for your physical, mental, and spiritual health. You’ll learn a number of approaches to meditation. And you’ll learn to take your mindfulness practice into daily life so that everything you do helps you be more centered, calm, and happy.
2. Six Week Course on Skype
The big difference here is that this course happens at a specific time. It’s 2:00 to 3:30 PM on Thursdays, starting November 8. That’s US Eastern Time. If you want to know when that is for you, visit this site and convert from USA – New Hampshire – Concord to your local timezone.
This course uses multi-party videoconferencing, so you’ll be able to see and talk with the other people in the class. The numbers are limited to around eight people, for technical reasons.
Each week, we’ll spend a little time getting to know each other. I’ll talk a bit about the practice we’re going to do, and then I’ll lead the class through a guided meditation. At the end there will be time for questions and discussion.
Everyone in the class will get a recording of each session every week, so that you can review the material and listen to the guided meditation again.
We’ll be exploring four meditation practices, including the Body Scan, Mindfulness of Breathing, Development of Lovingkindness, and Just Sitting.
I love teaching meditation. It’s my passion. I love seeing people become happier and more fulfilled as they learn how to move more gracefully through life’s challenges. I do hope you’ll be able to join me in one of these course offerings.