Wildmind is a Community-Supported Meditation Initiative. We're supported by a community of sponsors, who receive many benefits, including:
- Access to all of Bodhipaksa's past online meditation courses, of which there are currently around 30.
- A monthly newsletter that's just for sponsors, containing an exclusive article and a meditation download.
- An online sponsors' forum where you can share your practice and get feedback, support, and encouragement.
- Free access to any new meditation courses that Bodhipaksa develops through Wildmind.
You can get all this by sponsoring one or more Community Shares. These are only $4 a month each, which makes the benefits you receive a tremendous bargain. Almost 80% of our Community Shares are already sponsored. Make sure you don't miss out by sponsoring one or more shares today!
Recent Posts on Wildmind's Blog
In a series of posts (here’s a link to Part 1) I’m explaining, using teachings from the early Buddhist teachings, how we can free ourselves from our addiction to social media. These teachings are found in the Vitakkasanthana Sutta, which outlines five strategies for…Read More
Recently I recorded a series of four talks for “Tricycle” magazine, discussing how tools from the Buddhist tradition can help us to overcome our addiction to social media. The talks won’t appear online until January next year but in the meantime I thought I’d…Read More
I’ve been asked the same questions over and over again about Wildmind’s new meditation initiative, and so I thought I’d put all the questions and answers in one place. What is the Initiative? Wildmind is a community-supported meditation initiative. Almost 750 supporters sponsor our…Read More
“Let these three expressions: I do not have, I do not understand, I do not know, be repeated over and over again.” — Padmasambhava
One time, when I was rereading a massive Tibetan Buddhist text called the Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, I was struck once again by the spiritual power of one particular quote: “Let these three expressions: I do not have, I do not understand, I…Read More
It’s Bodhipaksa here, and I want to tell you (more) about… My Big Idea! A few months ago, realizing that offering our online meditation courses by donation was no longer viable, I came up with the idea of turning Wildmind into a Community-Supported Meditation…Read More
About Buddhist meditation
In a way there's nothing very "Buddhist" about the meditation you'll find on Wildmind. When you pay attention to your breath, or to the sensations in your body as you walk, or when you cultivate feelings of love for another person, you won't have a sense that you're doing anything very "religious." In a way these are simply "human" meditation practices -- ways that a human being can pay attention to his or her own experience, and gently cultivate greater awareness and love.
The simplest form of meditation we teach here is mindfulness of breathing. The essence of this practice is that we simply bring our attention to the sensations of the breathing, and when the mind wanders, as it will, we gently steer it back to the breath once again. However in the form we teach here, there are four stages, each of which has a specific purpose in helping us to develop calmness, energy, continuity of awareness, or one-pointedness.
The other main form of meditation that we teach is the cultivation of lovingkindness, in which we take responsibility for our emotions, and encourage the development of qualities of empathy, patience, kindness, and compassion.