Learn the most profound and powerful meditation techniques to calm and pacify the mind. These techniques date back thousands of years but are still today the best way to achieve meditative equipoise.
Take your mediation practice to a powerful new level
Content and Overview
Through this short but powerful set of 20 lectures we cover the deepest aspects of how to bring the mind to stillness we start by looking at the mind and what are the prerequisites to a totally calm mind. Aspects such as renunciation and open heartedness. And then we look at becoming mindful of the patterns of thoughts themselves. And finally we analyse the way we perceive the world and in particular the fundamental mistake that all beings make which causes distractive thought.
Most importantly we look at many deeper meditations that work on the fundamental view of how we perceive reality. And foremost of these is the meditation on the emptiness of phenomena. Because if this meditation is done correctly it has the power to stop discursive thought all together. And unlike other teaching on this subject, I have included no less than 8 different meditations you can use o n emptiness so that you can find one that suits you.
And as a final bonus to the this course I have included a lecture on Tantra. The wisdom meditations above form the foundation for Tantra (or Vajrayana). and this very much mis-understood practice is usually practice wrongly in the west. So I give a brief introduction to the subject and give one practical way to use the tantric style of mediation that can work to weaken the strongly held view that hold all of us back from reaching the state of mental enlightenment that we wish for.
After doing this course you will be able to:
Hello and welcome to module 3. In this lesson we give you an overview of what we are trying to achieve in module 3 relative to module 1 and 2. It is the most advanced concepts there are relating to meditation. I hope you enjoy!
The idea of renunciation is very challenging it itself. We know that monks renounce the world, but why do they do this and do we have to do the same?
The third foundation of mindfulness is that of thought. Our thought underlie every emotion we have so if we what to stop distraction (and suffering as a whole) then we have to take charge of what we think. The good news is thoughts can be changed in the click of your fingers.
Once you have had a chance to do the meditation on naming a thought there are a number of ways in which this meditation can show you what goes on in the mind. Only watch this video once you have already practiced the meditation on naming a thought
At the heart of meditation is our desire to get rid of negative emotions so in this video we take a deep look at these emotions to see how they relate to thought and how they can be dissolved through either transformation or direct mindfulness.
In this video we explain the Buddhist method to purifying our mind stream and also explain how it relates back to negative emotions discussed in the last video
It is now time to take the attitude of compassion to it's highest level. To be free of all hindering thoughts one needs to be totally selfless and to be open to a mind set of maximum happiness we must also be totally loving and compassionate and recognise the interconnectedness of all things.
In this video we look at the last and the deepest level of mindfulness. That is mindfulness of phenomena and how the way we view the world determines the thoughts we have about the world.
The understanding that all phenomena in the universe is empty of its own independent existence is very much and Buddhist view point but it is also crucial as a tool for the final part in the meditation journey. Because to see that all phenomena is just a projection of mind is key to getting rid of all distractions once and for all.
In no particular order we are going to start to look at various contemplations that might bring us closer to this elusive perception of emptiness. The first of these is understanding the emptiness of matter. Is matter as solid as we perceive it to be?
Our second contemplation is that of the emptiness of cause. That is how phenomena must come about though a process of cause and effect which itself proves objects don't have independent permanent existence,
Here we contemplate that a collection of parts is not really an independent object because it is dependent on its parts. But given everything in the universe has parts, if follows that there are no independent objects.
One of my favourite contemplations, the obvious fact that past and future do not exist leads us into a very profound contemplation of just the here and now that can cause your problems to disappear in an instant.
We take it for granted that what we see and hear is reality. But contemplate this meditation and you will know that our perceptions are a mental creation dependent on many different factors. Contemplate this to understand that reality is not what we perceive.
Our direct perceptions are another way to be aware of perceiving emptiness as we literally see and hear phenomena come into being from nowhere and disappear into nothing.
The meditation on impermanence is one of the most famous Buddhist mediations in the world and will always remain one of the best ways to get closer to understanding emptiness that exist.
Now that we have covered several ways to contemplate emptiness how do we use this within our mediation practice to reduce distraction. And more broadly, how can we use these contemplations to reduce stress in every day life.
In the Buddhist tradition, once a person has a reasonable understanding of emptiness and has practiced a great deal of compassion and open hearted meditation, the subject of tantric meditations are introduced. These yogic practices are said to speed up the enlightenment of the mind. There is so much misunderstanding about what tantra is however, this is a very general explanation for people might be interested in exploring this path further.
This example of how to use the idea of emptiness of phenomena to transform the objects of the 5 main -ve emotions into wisdom is one example of how you can use tantric practice in daily life. It also gives you insight into how tantra works at it's most fundamental level.
This brings us to the end of module 3 and we discuss where to next in your meditation journey.
Have you considered teaching a class in your local community. If you have made it this far in the lessons on meditation they you are more than ready - and we will support you every step of the way.
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Peter is a life coach, meditation teacher and NLP trainer.
"I am one of the lucky few who has found their passion in life. For me, teaching (and learning from) people who want to find out how to best utilise the mind is what life is all about. And I get to do that every day and meet amazing people along the way."
Peter Radcliffe is a highly experienced and well regarded meditation teacher and NLP trainer. He teaches students though the lens of a calm mind to help bring peace, happiness and joy to their lives. Peter's unique background as a Buddhist monk empowers his retreats to be so much more than an ordinary getaway, it becomes a journey in itself.
Born and raised in Adelaide, Peter worked as an engineer for twenty years. He became interested at an early age in the practices of different philosophies and religions and studied elements of Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Sufism, modern psychology and NLP. Peter travelled the world living and working for many years in the United Kingdom, Middle East, America, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and throughout Australia.
In 1993, at the age of 22, Peter spent time as a Buddhist monk in the rainforests of Thailand. During this period and since then, he has completed many meditation retreats, some up to as long as nine months in total solitary meditation.
Peter began coaching and teaching meditation to small groups in 2004. He left the corporate world behind in 2009 to teach meditation, NLP, and personal development full time.
Peter is based on the Fleurieu Peninsula, an hour south of Adelaide, and is married with three young children.