As the holiday season approaches, we're delighted to
bring you more news from Wildmind.
But the first thing we want to let you
know is that as a holiday season gift, we're lowering
the price of our introductory course from $75 to $40! Why not take
advantage of this for our last class of 2002, starting on Monday, November 25?
since this is the season of giving, why not give the
gift of meditation by purchasing a course for a friend or family member?
(I'm sure you know someone you think could be a bit calmer!) Doing this is really
simple: when you make your online purchase, simply fill out your own details in
the "bill to" part of the form, and put your friend's details in the
"ship to" part.
Below, we bring you details of our acclaimed online
courses, new material that's been posted on the site since our last newsletter,
news on a forthcoming Wildmind book (we're very excited about that!), a featured
book we think everyone should be reading, and our quote of the month feature with
attention: In your online journal you'll have an ongoing practice discussion
with Bodhipaksa, who will give you encouragement and personal feedback based on
20 years' experience.
- Depth: As you
reflect in your journal, get feedback, and gain insights from learning new practices,
you'll take your meditation practice to a new level of effectiveness.
Access to outstanding written and audiovisual materials online.
You'll benefit from the discipline of a structured four-week course.
Log on when you want, fitting classes into your schedule when it's convenient.
- Flexibility: Download audio files
that will guide you through meditation at any time.
Courses start every month -- check website for dates.
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 Monday, November 25!
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, and helping you
as you set up a regular practice.
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.
*was previously on the site but got "lost"
as a book!
The material on the Wildmind website (plus some stuff
you haven't seen) is coming out as a book. Windhorse Publications in the UK is
publishing "Wildmind: A Step-by-Step Guide to Meditation" in the new
year. We'll bring you further details as they become available.
literary agent is busy finding a publisher for the US edition.
Book of the month
Breath by Breath, by Larry Rosenberg
Rosenberg's book, taken from talks
given at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in Massachusetts, is a masterful
exploration of a traditional Buddhist text on the Mindfulness of Breathing practice.
is not only profound, but witty. His book is full of meaningful and sometimes
very humorous anecdotes from his years of practice and teaching.
lucidity he plumbs the depths of this simple practice, showing us that "To contemplate
breathing is to contemplate life itself."
interested in buying this book from Amazon.com, click on the cover or title above.
of the month
"Great things are not done just by impulse, but are
a series of small things put together"
Vincent van Gogh
of the things I've noticed in people who get on well with meditation and who establish
a regular and creative practice, is that they notice and value small changes in
their experience. Unfortunately, not everyone does this. Sometimes people think
just don't notice the changes at all, or if they notice them they're dismissive
because the changes seem quite minor.
Why does this happen? First, sometimes
we're just not very observant. Change is happening -- we're a little calmer or
a little more emotionally positive -- but we don't really notice it. Secondly,
we might be expecting more change than actually takes place, and so we think that
the changes that have taken place are unimportant.
This is a big mistake!
All great changes are composed of innumerable small changes. If we reject the
small changes we therefore miss out on the great changes as well. While the impatient
meditator is always chasing after a practice that works more quickly, and never
makes any real progress, the patient and steady meditator, step by step, makes
of his or her life something wonderful.
We all need to train ourselves to
notice and value small changes in our experience so that we can attain great things.
© 2002, Bodhipaksa.