Mindfulness for Life: Essentials of Buddhist Meditation
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Mindfulness for Life: Essentials of Buddhist Meditation

Simple Practices that Grow Compassion, Create Insight and Banish Fear
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Created by Naropa University
Last updated 8/2018
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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.

Who this course is for:
  • 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.
Course content
Expand all 9 lectures 50:08
+ Beyond Mindfulness - Foundational Concepts and Practices of Buddhist Meditation
8 lectures 45:30

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.

Preview 10:48

In this second introductory video, Frank discusses the importance of the breath as a focus of attention in meditation practice.

Preview 10:11

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.

Preview 01:51

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
Preview 01:12

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.

Loving Kindness and Relative Truth

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.

Compassion and Suffering

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.

Penetrating Insight

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.

Wisdom - Joining Compassion with Penetrating Insight
+ Guided Meditation - Shamatha, Vipasyana, Lovingkindness, Compassion, and Wisdom
1 lecture 04:38

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.

Guided Meditation Practices with Frank Berliner