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Sitting With Bodhi Series 3 (Oct 15)

Nourish your meditation practice as you join Bodhipaksa for a series of 28 guided meditations designed to help us find radical peace. At a pace you determine, you'll be sent a link to a new guided meditation, especially recorded for this event. Each meditation provides a 10-minute lead-in to a particular way of approaching our experience. First, set a timer for as long as you want to sit — for example 20 or 30 minutes. Second, start the meditation. Third, after the guidance has ended, continue to practice until the end of your chosen time period.

Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (Jan 7)

MBAR is a secular mindfulness course for anyone who has behavior that is substance-related or not, where one craves, acts out of the craving, and is unable to stop despite negative consequences. This course is also suitable for professionals working in the field of addiction, and who would like to understand addiction through the Mindfulness lens, and may want to go on to do MBAR, the "train the trainer" course that is delivered internationally. The course will be delivered by Valerie Mason-John (hon. doc.), an award-winning author of eight books.

Waking Up: Stepping From Delusion to Freedom In This Very Life

The aim of all Buddhist practice is to bring about freedom from suffering. We can free ourselves from much, but not all, of our suffering by becoming more ethical, more mindful, and more compassionate. “Becoming a better person,” however, isn’t enough. To find true happiness we have to radically change the way we see ourselves and our relation with the world. This change comes about by developing insight, so that we appreciate the impermanent and interconnected nature of our being.

Recent Posts

Seeing experience as a movie

By Bodhipaksa

In my last post I said I’d been teaching meditations based on a Buddhist discourse called the Honeyball or Honeycake Sutta. This teaching is about relaxing our sense of being separate from the world. On one level it’s about simply being with our experience rather…

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Peace is right here, right now

By Bodhipaksa

For the past month I’ve been recording a series of daily guided meditations, taking as my basis the teachings in a Buddhist discourse called the Honeyball Sutta. This teaching (also sometimes called the “Honeycake Sutta” outlines a feedback loop whereby we end up causing…

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Debunking seven myths about the Buddha

By Bodhipaksa

Some of the misconceptions about the Buddha are so common that you’ll find them in just about every book on Buddhism. The problem is that most of these books are merely rehashes of other books on Buddhism, so that misconceptions get passed on for…

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Your happiness does not depend on how you feel

By Bodhipaksa

Recently I’ve been feeling, on and off, kind of crappy. A lot of the time I’m fine, but then heavy, despondent feelings arrive. Mostly this is to do with chronically “scraping by” financially, and the extra stress that causes: having to calculate how little…

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Gratitude

By Vimalasara

What I’m Thinking I have so much gratitude for this life I’m able to live here in the West. So many beings in the world don’t know where their next mouthful of food is coming from. So many parents in the world live with…

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A “feeling crap” meditation

By Bodhipaksa

I’m sure that sometimes you feel crap. The other week I was feeling particularly crappy. I have an idea what was causing me to feel that way, but that’s not particularly important. The thing is that I was feeling crap, by which I mean…

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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.

We also teach you how to set up your meditation posture (an essential consideration in any form of meditation practice), as well as walking meditation.

And outside of these structured guides to meditation, we have a blog with a vast collection of news stories about meditation, articles on practice, and reviews of books, CDS, and videos.

Sit : Love : Give

Wildmind is ad-free, and we like it that way. We hope you do too. If you'd like to help support what we do, please consider giving a regular monthly donation to our Sit : Love : Give program. We teach meditation, so that you can sit mindfully and bring greater compassion and love into your life. And we hope that you express those emerging qualities in action in your life, including by giving back. You can give as little as $3 a month.

About the meditation practices you can learn on this site

Our Posture Workshop

Our posture workshop is where we suggest you start if you don't already have a meditation practice (and perhaps even if you do). We'll take you step-by-step through the process of setting up a meditation posture that will allow you to be both alert and relaxed.

The mindfulness of breathing

The mindfulness of breathing is a fundamental meditation practice that everyone should know. The benefits? You'll find that this practice helps you to calm your mind so that there's less inner chatter (especially the stuff that makes you unhappy). You'll find also that you're less distractible and better able to pay attention.

The development of lovingkindness

The development of lovingkindness (metta bhavana) works directly on our emotional habits, helping us to become more emotionally positive. You'll learn to be kinder to yourself: more patient, more understanding. You'll find that you're more considerate to others and that it's easier to forgive. You may even find (as others have) that others around you mysteriously become easier to be around. Hmmm.. wonder why that is?

Walking meditation

Walking meditation is a great way to bring more meditation into your daily life; it's a practice that can be done even in a busy city street. In this form of practice we develop greater mindfulness of the body, but we also become more aware of our thought patterns, our emotions, and even of the outside world. It's a calming practice. Walking meditation can also be a lovingkindness practice, especially when you're walking in a public place.

Mantra meditation

Our mantra meditation section is the most popular destination for our visitors. Mantras are simply phrases that we repeat (usually internally, but they can also be chanted out loud). As well as occupying the mind and thus calming it by preventing it from getting up to the usual mischief that causes us pain, mantras also have a symbolic value that evokes spiritual qualities.

The six element practice

The six element practice is a profound reflection on interconnectedness and impermanence. It's a very beautiful form of meditation. It not only helps us to calm the mind and give us a reassuring sense of our place in the great scheme of things, but it can be unsettling and challenging as well. Yes, I know. Reassuring and unsettling. That's Buddhist practice for you!