Dear Wildmind Subscriber,
We'd like to extend you a very warm welcome to Wildmind's latest
newsletter. This is the first edition since June, due to Bodhipaksa
taking a two-month sabbatical to attend retreats and to do a book-launch
tour in the UK. Bodhipaksa plans to take a longer sabbatical in
2004 in order to concentrate on two books he's working on, so if
you're curious about our online courses, this fall or winter is
a good time to do something about it.
Our next online meditation courses start
Monday, September 8. Our courses can help you to deal
more effectively with stress, so that you can experience more joy
and creativity in your life. Make sure you book
your place now so that you can experience the benefits of meditation.
In this issue:
- Meditation in the news
- Give $1 to Wildmind
- Our online courses
- Wildmind's CD #1 on Amazon.
- Book of the month
- Quote of the month
Meditation in the news
We've been busy collecting together recent news stories concerning
" boosts immune system "
In The Workplace?
Chill out to multiplex
to College Joys: Keep Stress Off Campus
Keeps Sales Mantra but Drops the Dalai Lama
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Our online courses
We offer four online courses as well as our popular Life Member
Program. For more information, click on any of the photographs or
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Our next online
courses start on Monday, September 8.
your place now!
Lifelong access to all of our course materials, but without personal
feedback and guidance. Suitable for self-directed students. ($95)
Path of Mindfulness and Love"
Our introduction to meditation, helping you to transform your life
through mindfulness and lovingkindness, and helping you to set up
a regular practice. ($65)
A level two course, introducing advanced techniques for combating
negative mental states and for cultivating calmness, energy, contentment,
and concentration. ($65)
the Path of Insight"
Introducing the practice of insight meditation, which helps us
to appreciate the interdependent nature of the reality we live in.
An alternative level two course, introducing the cultivation of
lovingkindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and emotional balance.
Wildmind's CD still #1!
Bodhipaksa's popular CD of guided meditations is Amazon.com's has
been climbing the charts at Amazon, and is now their best-selling
meditation title. Of course you don't have to go to Amazon to purchase
it -- you can buy
it from our bookstore.
Book of the month
Meditation: The Practice of Freedom by Joseph Goldstein (Paperback,
Rereading Goldstein's classic recently in preparation for a forthcoming
interview, I was struck by just how outstanding a teacher of meditation
he is compared to many of the other big-hitting Insight Meditation
teachers, excellent as they are. This is due in no small part to
the depth of his understanding of the Buddhist tradition. Instead
of treating meditation as an independent and secularized discipline
he sees it as an integral part of a whole system with the aim of
living life well.
This understanding of the breadth of Buddhist practice shows in
the way he covers the Buddhist path, practicing in everyday life,
dealing with distractions, practicing lovingkindness, etc., with
clarity, gentleness, and subtlety. The topics covered are those
which Goldstein has been most frequently asked by his meditation
students over the years, and I recognized in him a practitioner
who has dug deep into his experience in order to find ways to help
others to grow and develop.
Goldstein's wisdom and maturity make this a book well worth reading.
If you want to buy
this book from Amazon.com, click on the cover or title above. To
purchase from Amazon.co.uk, click here.
Quote of the month
"Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance."
Jean Petit-Senn (French poet, 1792-1870)
At one time in my life, I was feeling rather down. I was short
of money, my work wasn't going well, and I found myself one day
walking to the post-office on a gloomy winter day feeling lonely
The houses I was walking past were large, comfortable, and expensive,
and I kept finding myself thinking that while many other people
had plenty of work and money I was barely scraping by and that no
one was interested in what I had to offer. As you'll appreciate,
this way of thinking caused me a great deal of suffering.
Often when I hit a crisis in my life, some creative part of my
mind offers me a way out, and that's just what happened. I was walking
along doing a walking meditation that involved taking my awareness
to different parts of my experience in turn. And as I noticed a
particular sensation, such as the cold air moving over the skin
on my hands, I found myself inwardly saying, "true wealth is
cold air flowing over my hands."
This went on for some time. "true wealth is feeling my feet
hitting the ground. true wealth is the smell of a bonfire. true
wealth is the sound of traffic. true wealth is seeing bare branches
against a gray sky. true wealth is my breath flowing in and out."
As I continued to let the focus of my awareness move around my
experience, and as these phrases continued to irrupt into my mind,
I found I was no longer worried about money. I found that I felt
instead a sense of great richness, as I enjoyed being in the moment,
and as I appreciated my experience. I didn't want to be doing anything
other than what I was doing at the moment, and I completely let
go of the anxiety about money that had been plaguing me.
It's easy for us to assume that we can't be happy unless we have
more, and yet simply slowing down and enjoying the moment brings
a sense of abundance.
Copyright © 2003, Bodhipaksa.