We hope you enjoy our new style of newsletter, which
brings you not only a richer presentation but also richer content. As well as
offering news of forthcoming courses, we'd like to tell you about some new meditation
resources that we've recently posted on the site, and to recommend an excellent
book that we feel should be on everyone's reading list.
take an online course in meditation?|
We're sure you're already familiar
with the many excellent reasons for learning to meditate, from bringing more calmness
into your life to finding a greater sense of purpose. But why learn online?
are five great reasons to learn meditation
- You don't have to log
on at any particular time, so you can fit our classes into your schedule at your
- You can access our courses from home, at work, or even if
you're on the road.
- Your course will be led by Bodhipaksa, a highly experienced
teacher who has been meditating for over twenty years, and who taught meditation
at the University of Montana for two years.
- You'll have access to quality
online writings and audiovisual materials, and an online journal in which you
can record your observations and note any problems and progress.
will respond to your comments, giving you personal feedback and encouragement
in your journal.
We now offer four online courses as well as our popular
Life Member Program. For more information, click on any of the photographs or
links and you'll be taken to our online store, where more details are available.
Our next online courses start on Tue, Nov 12. Sign up
by Fri, Nov 8 and we'll send you our meditation CD completely free.
Lifelong access to all of our course materials, but without
personal feedback and guidance. Suitable for self-directed students.
Path of Mindfulness and Love"
Our introduction to meditation, teaching
the fundamental principles of mindfulness and lovingkindness.
A level two course, introducing advanced techniques
for combating negative mental states and for cultivating calmness, energy, contentment,
the path of insight"|
Introducing the practice of insight meditation,
which helps us to appreciate the interdependent nature of the reality we live
An alternative level two course, introducing the cultivation
of lovingkindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and emotional balance.
material on Wildmind!|
We hope you enjoy the following new resources that
we've posted on the site.
Book of the month
Communication: A Language of Compassion, by Marshall Rosenberg
Wisely and kindly, Marshall Rosenberg introduces us to the principles of effective
communication, showing how we can resolve conflicts by letting go of value judgments,
skillfully expressing our feelings, communicating our needs, and practicing empathy.
book really is a revelation, and has transformed lives. We think everyone could
benefit from reading it.
To read more about this wonderful book, click
on the title or cover image to be taken to Amazon.com.
of the month
"And happiness... what is it? I say it is neither virtue
nor pleasure nor this thing or that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are
growing. It is this primal law of all nature and the universe."
Fundamentally, we all have
a need to grow -- to grow in understanding, in our ability to relate well to others,
and to grow in contentment. As long as we have a sense that we're moving in this
direction, we'll experience fulfillment.
It's an intriguing paradox that
this sense of fulfillment can coexist with unhappiness. The fulfillment that comes
from personal growth is not a bland settling down into a passive state of bland
tranquillity, but an ever-expanding ability to deal skillfully with life's ups
and downs. When we practice meditation, we still suffer, but we become able to
live with life's inevitable sufferings without adding to them. At the same time,
we experience a greater degree of positive happiness, pleasure, bliss, and contentment.
© 2002, Bodhipaksa.