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How to Meditate (Discovering Buddhism)

What is meditation for? How do I sit comfortably? Where do I start? And what can I do about sleepiness and distraction? Learn how to set up an effective and enjoyable meditation practice.

Practice basic meditation techniques. Learn the definition and purpose of meditation, how to sit properly, how to set up a meditation session, the different types of meditation techniques one may employ, and how to recognise and deal with obstacles to meditation.


Importance of motivation and dedication
Two kinds of meditation: analytical and placement
7-point Vairochana posture
Basic meditation techniques such as: watching the breath, 9-round breathing, Shakyamuni visualisation with mantra, recitation, clear and knowing nature of the mind, precious human rebirth, and equanimity
Four immeasurables and other meditations on compassion
Recognising and overcoming obstacles to meditation like drowsiness and distraction

DB Required Reading, How to Meditate, photocopied booklet
Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (pp. 39-43) photocopied booklet
How to Meditate, by Kathleen McDonald, book
Shakyamuni Daily Practice, an FPMT practice booklet

Meditation at home on the meditations listed above
Memorise the outline of the Shakyamuni Buddha Daily Meditation
Attend the 1-day retreat
If you like, set up your own altar at home
Learn to lead others in meditation

Afflictions to Perfections game
Begin filling in your own “Steps to Enlightenment” record
Memorise the outline of the Shakyamuni Buddha Daily Meditation
If you like, set up your own altar at home
If you are repeating this unit, learn to lead others in meditation
Spiritual Friends: Meditations by Monks and Nuns of the IMI, ed. Thubten Dhondrup
Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration and Meditation, by Joe and Michael Levy, book
Awakening a Kind Heart, by Kathleen McDonald, book
Secular Meditation, by HH the Dalai Lama, DVD


November 15, 2017


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Langri Tangpa Centre
535 Old Cleveland Road, Camp Hill, QLD, 4152


Eddie Peet


By donation (suggested $10 per class, but no set amount) Bound notes for the unit are $30.

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