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:
Course teacher Frank Berliner is a Professor of Contemplative Psychology at Naropa University and has taught Buddhist meditation for more than 40 years.
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:
Focus on the practices that soften and open the heart, the practices of relative truth. These are referred to in this way because they have a direct impact on how we relate to other people in the course of our lives.
On overview of compassion, which brings mercy into our practice. Where as Love is the wish that others be happy, Compassion is the wish that others not suffer.
The practice of Penetrating Insight is also referred to as Vipasyana. This is the meditation on the Ultimate Truth, on the mind beyond thoughts and concepts. Shamatha practice is also the foundation for this practice.
A reflection on the joining of love and compassion with penetrating insight - the practice of wisdom. Making the distinction between knowledge and wisdom. Only if knowledge is guided by compassion, is it truly useful wisdom.
Enjoy a chance to experience each of the meditation practices outlined in this course in these three audios. Frank leads the listener through the practices.
Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, liberal arts university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, early childhood education, environmental studies, peace studies, psychology and religious studies.
Naropa University is a leader in the contemplative education movement, a teaching and learning approach that integrates Eastern wisdom studies and traditional Western scholarship.