Our Online Meditation Courses
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Path of Mindfulness and Love" ($75)
Your Mind" ($75)
the Heart" ($75)
the Path of Insight" ($75)
Member Program ($175)
Course Schedule for early 2005
Remember to plan ahead if you're interested in
taking one of our courses. You can sign up for any course at any
Courses start on the following dates:
03, 2005 (Mon)
01, 2005 (Tue)
01, 2005 (Tue)
04, 2005 (Mon)
Seven Great Reasons
to take a meditation course online:
- Personal attention: In your
online journal you'll have an ongoing practice discussion
with Bodhipaksa, who will give you encouragement and personal
feedback based on over 20 years' experience of meditation.
- 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
- Quality: Access to outstanding
written and audiovisual materials online.
- Support: You'll benefit from
the discipline of a structured four-week course.
- Convenience: 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.
- Availability: There are many
opportunities each year to take a course. See the dates above
Dear Wildmind Subscriber,
Happy New Year!
Nature magazine reports on evidence that
meditation can help remold the human brain, leading to benefits
ranging from better emotional functioning to better regulation
of blood sugar.
If you've ever wanted to learn powerful techniques
for reducing stress, staying healthy, and for learning conscious
relaxation, sign up for one of our convenient online meditation
courses. These courses offer a rich experience, with online readings,
guided meditations in MP3 and RealAudio format, a discussion forum,
and personal attention in your online journal. And you have access
to all these things 24/7.
Our courses are suitable for anyone from complete beginners to
more experienced practitioners. You'll learn powerful techniques
for reducing stress and developing patience, relaxation, and calmness.
Our next online meditation courses -- from all
levels from beginners onwards -- start Monday, January 3.
Make sure you book
your place now.
In this issue:
- New teacher on Wildmind's online courses
- Big Sky Mind Retreat, New Hampshire
- New departments in our online store
- Meditation in the news
- Support our translation project
- Quote of the month
- Book of the month
New teacher on Wildmind's online courses
From January to April, 2005, Wildmind's online courses will be
taught by Subhadramati, who taught meditation at the London Buddhist
Centre until she moved to Dublin, Ireland, in 1999 to help establish
the Dublin Buddhist Centre. Subhadramati is very involved in the
Arts, and is currently co-editing a book of contemporary Buddhist
poetry, to be published in summer 2005. We're delighted and honored
to have her on board.
Big Sky Mind Retreat, New Hampshire
Inside Aryaloka: The Meditation Hall
If you already have your 2005 planner (congratulations on being
organized!) make sure to pencil in the following dates: March
25 to April 1. That's the week that Bodhipaksa will be leading
the Big Sky Mind Retreat at Aryaloka Buddhist Center, Newmarket,
The retreat is an intensive meditation experience of letting
go into the spacious, sky-like state of mindfulness. We'll explore
the practice of dissolving the boundaries of the self, expanding
it outwards until "self" and "other" have little or no meaning.
We'll use a variety of forms of the mindfulness of breathing practice
and walking meditation in order to stabilize the mind, and we'll
use the six element practice in order to let go of our limited
ways of seeing ourselves, and to enjoy seeing ourselves as part
of an interconnected reality.
Aryaloka is one of New
Hampshire's most unusual buildings: two wood-framed geodesic domes
tucked away in the New England forest, but only an hour from Logan
International Airport in Boston, and 45 minutes from Manchester
You can read further details, including how to book your place,
New departments in our online store
The proceeds from our online store help us to spread teachings
on meditation, so that we can expand our website and continue
activities such as teaching meditation to prisoners.
Tibetan singing bowl
We recently added a few new departments to our store, including
(rosaries for mantra meditation), ritual
objects such as Tibetan singing bowls, incense holders, and
shrines, and a hi
tech section that includes the popular invisible
clock timer and the revolutionary new Salubrion
Please do support our work and visit our store.
Meditation in the news
Every month we bring you a selection of news stories from around
the world on topics related to meditation. As you might expect
many of the stories deal with the role meditation can play in
fighting stress and promoting health.
Please note that some of the news sources require a subscription.
We recommend using BugMeNot
to bypass registration and to preserve your privacy. We also recommend
the free Firefox
browser for a safer surfing experience. (We're not associated
with Firefox or BugMeNot in any way. We just think these are cool
products that you might find useful).
Dec 26 Can
meditation reduce holiday stress? (Iowa City Press-Citizen)
Lecture may help ease pressures
Dec 24 When
meditation spurs revolution (Taipei Journal, Taiwan)
Normally imperturbable New Yorkers have recently been visibly
shaken by simulated scenes of religious persecution in China staged
in bustling areas of New York such as Times Square and Grand Central
Dec 24 Other
Voices: Meditation for the holidays (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
"...last year I packed my bags on Thanksgiving and retreated
to Thailand, a Buddhist country. The Lonely Planet, my travel
guide, led me to the Northern Insight Meditation Center..."
Dec 24 Religion
and Science: Buddhism on the brain (Nature)
Many religious leaders find themselves at odds with science, but
the head of Tibetan Buddhism is a notable exception. Jonathan
Knight meets a neurologist whose audience with the Dalai Lama
helped to explain why.
Dec 23 Studies
showing meditation helps stress (KS News, Utah)
"In a Salt Lake home, people gather, not to have a party,
not to eat or socialize necessarily -- but to close their eyes
in complete silence. What's it all about?"
Dec 20 Living
Well: Quieting the mind can boost the body (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
"You've seen those small, water-filled globes that you shake
up to simulate snow falling inside the scene. Dr. Mark Abramson
wants you to think about those globes the next time you feel a
bit frazzled or stressed out."
Dec 12 'Clear,
strong mind' (Portsmouth Herald, New Hampshire)
Meditation group aims to help students focus on the moment.
Dec 10 European
lawmakers meditate under Sri Sri (Chennai Online, India)
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who was invited to address the European
Parliament in Brussels on December 7, spoke on prevailing issues
plaguing the world and Europe in general. Shortly after the speech
and a lively question and answer session, he led the parliamentarians
through meditation, a novelty for most of those present, and appreciated
Dec 8 Low
income patients beat stress with yoga (Newsday)
"He's a Vietnam vet who wears clunky metal rings on nearly
every finger and builds computers for fun, but lately the only
place David Wilson wants to be is on his yoga mat..."
Dec 7 Why
chilling out is the new cool Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney,
Hollywood celebrities are doing it, and swear by its results.
But meditation makes everyone feel better.
Dec 6 Meditation
lowers youths' blood pressure (WebMD)
Middle school students reap benefits within 3 months, says study
Dec 5 St.
Paul Labyrinth Will Honor Relationship With Nagasaki (WCCO,
The city of St. Paul will build a meditation labyrinth in Como
Park next year as a way to honor its sister city relationship
with Nagasaki, Japan.
Dec 3 Middle
school meditation brings blood pressure down (Center for the
Advancement of Health)
Twenty minutes of daily meditation helped middle schoolers lower
their blood pressure and heart rate, a new study from the state
of Georgia concludes.
Dec 2 Meditate
To Relieve Stress (WTOC, Georgia)
Maybe it's time to reach deep down into your inner self through
meditation and get rid of some extra stress that can build up
especially around the holiday season.
Quote of the month
"If you can't change your fate, change your attitude."
-- Amy Tan
We can't choose what happens to us, but we can choose how we
respond to what happens to us. This is a central spiritual principle
found in many traditions, and is particularly strongly emphasized
in Buddhist practice.
This doesn't apply just for the "big" events of life
such as losing a job or having an accident, but applies in every
moment of life. In every instant we are having experiences that
we automatically classify as pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral.
Without mindfulness we tend to react, pushing away unpleasant
experiences by getting annoyed, clinging to the sources of pleasant
experiences, or by getting bored with neutral experiences.
It's those responses to events that cause most of our suffering
rather than the events themselves. To take a simple example, sometimes
we'll see someone we know walk straight past us without saying
hello. This feels unpleasant, which is fair enough, but then we
have a choice about how to respond to this. We can assume they
simply didn't see us -- perhaps they were preoccupied? Or we can
start to wonder if it was a deliberate slight, and start to worry
about what we might have done to offend them, or become annoyed.
And this amplifies our simple feeling of unpleasantness into a
cascade of suffering that can go on for hours. This is just an
example of a little thing, but our lives are full of -- in fact
are made up of -- such little things.
We can't change the fact that someone walked by us without saying
hello, but we can change our attitude to that basic fact.
The quality of mindfulness brings a gap into our experience, where
we can experience pleasant and unpleasant events and choose
how we are going to respond. We can learn to face the million-and-one
daily ups and downs without letting our pain turn into suffering.
In this way, mindfulness brings freedom: freedom from the runaway
thinking that causes stress, and freedom from unnecessary suffering.
Book of the month
Journey to Wild Divine computer game.
($134.95 in our online store after our 10% discount for orders
Our "Book of the Month" this month isn't a book, but
we're sure you'll forgive us and share our excitement when you
read about it.
The Journey to Wild Divine is a biofeedback computer game, taking
you on a mystical journey, where you'll meet guides and learn
to consciously relax. Oh, and you'll create some magic on the
So how does this all work? You wear three biofeedback "rings"
that monitor your skin resistivity and heartrate variance, and
in your journey through the game's environment you're asked to
perform various tasks, learning in the process to change your
physiological and mental states. For example, in one of the earlier
warm-up exercises you have to juggle three brightly-colored balls;
you do this by generating a state of energetic arousal. And one
of my favorite exercises is encouraging birds to fly in wider
and wider circles in the sky by relaxing the body and calming
the mind. When you do this you really do feel like you're performing
magic! And it's fun!
Through these exercises, which take place in the context of a
mythic quest, you'll learn to alter your physiological and mental
states at will to bring about states of relaxation, calmness,
and energy. I've played a few computer games before, but never
one that has left me feeling so refreshed and calm, and I think
this is an easy way in to experiencing something of the potential
that meditation has to offer. While the game seems to be aimed
at adults, I think it would be very beneficial for kids as well
-- one of the few computer games that actually help to develop
calmness and concentration rather than ADD.
The game is beautifully presented and the graphics are lovely.
Below you'll see one of the guides who will teach you to use your
mind more effectively.
We've had hours of enjoyment on the journey to Wild
Divine, and highly recommend this unique way of learning to relax
and calm the mind.
WildDivine can be played on a PC or Mac.
Note: For a limited time you can receive a special
Bonus CD with the purchase of The Journey, featuring an exclusive
interview with Deepak Chopra, M.D. about biofeedback and the mind-body
connection. Also includes the new trailer for The Journey to Wild
Divine: Wisdom Quest.