Mindfulness for Life: Essentials of Buddhist Meditation
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- Understand and apply foundational concepts of Buddhist meditation practice — their meaning, importance and interrelationships.
- Students simply need an open heart, an open mind, some curiosity about meditation practice and 25 free minutes.
Naropa University, a pioneer in the modern mindfulness movement, is now breaking down the walls of its classrooms to offer this introduction to meditation & mindfulness for everyday life with original faculty and master instructor Frank Berliner.
This unique course provides insight and clear guidance into what makes a successful meditation practice, and it empowers you to bring mindfulness into everyday life. It’s perfect for beginners and a great refresher for seasoned practitioners, rooted in the 2500-year tradition of Buddhist practice that is the cornerstone of Naropa’s curriculum.
Learn and Apply - This course illuminates practical concepts from the Buddhist tradition, includes instruction on posture and breath, with guided meditation sessions and supplemental reading.
Through this course, you will learn to:
- Calm the mind
- Relieve stress & relax the body
- Develop compassion for self & others
- Meet suffering with courage & an open heart
- Develop penetrating insight & liberating wisdom
- Understand historic roots of meditation & mindfulness
Course teacher Frank Berliner is a Professor of Contemplative Psychology at Naropa University and has taught Buddhist meditation for more than 40 years.
- Anyone who is curious about Buddhist meditation and its benefits — but is unfamiliar with its fundamental concepts, their meaning, and how to apply these in practice.
In this first introductory video, Shamatha Meditation - Mindfulness & Gentleness, Frank Berliner introduces the foundational practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Berliner refers to renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar and lineage holder, the Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1940-1987), who founded the Naropa Institute (now Naropa University) in 1974. He was enormously influential in spreading the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism to the West, authoring dozens of books and establishing the Shambhala Training program and Shambhala International, a global association of meditation centers.
In this second introductory video, Frank discusses the importance of the breath as a focus of attention in meditation practice.
Frank Berliner introduces the meditation practices in the Buddhist tradition that have emerged from the foundation of Shamatha. These practices include Loving Kindness, Compassion, Insight and Wisdom.
Outlines the three main areas of Buddhist meditation:
- Practices that open and soften the heart (relative truth)
- Practices that provide penetrating insight into the nature of reality (ultimate truth)
- Practices that join the first two