Welcome to Discovering Buddhism, Module 2, How to Meditate. The instructor for this course is Ani Losang Tendrol. I will post a summary of every class and a few meditation topics and homework questions. In addition, if there were questions that I couldn’t answer during class, I will post the answers here. Please post a comment if you have something to share!
How to Meditate
Studies have shown that meditation has both psychological and physical benefits. Done consistently, meditation can help reduce anxiety, improve focus, and contribute to one’s overall sense of well-being. This module introduces the purpose of meditation and how to set up a meditation session. We practice several types of meditation and learn how to recognize and overcome obstacles to meditation. For instance, some people find meditating on the breath uncomfortable. We discuss different approaches to meditating on the breath to make it a relaxing experience. In addition, we practice alternative placement and analytical meditations. Meditation is not difficult and once you learn how to meditate, you’ll never forget it. It’s an essential life skill.
Dates: January 7, 21, 28 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm), February 4: Retreat (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) 2017
Required Readings are available here.
Discovering Buddhism is a fourteen-module course designed to be completed over two years. Students can choose to participate on a casual basis or to pursue a certificate of completion for each module by participating in retreats, meditations, reading translations and texts, and in class lectures and discussions. Those who complete all the components receive a completion card for that course. When all fourteen modules have been completed, students receive a certificate of completion. This program is not designed as a purely academic study of Buddhism but is intended to change a person’s life.
Opportunities to study Discovering Buddhism in person are rare. The last time Discovering Buddhism was offered at Guhyasamaja Center was from 2011-2014. Click here to read about where Discovering Buddhism falls in the larger FPMT educational curriculum. Each module wraps up with a half-day meditation retreat and a quiz. There are no pre-requisites for any of the modules, everyone is encouraged to join. If you are interested in obtaining the certificate of completion, please speak to Ven. Tendrol.
Students are welcome to attend any module, earlier modules in the series are not a pre-requisite.
Links to Each Class’s Notes
FPMT offers Discovering Buddhism as an online education program. If you come to Guhyasamaja Center to study DB but miss a few classes in a module, you can catch up by taking the class online. Module 2 online is offered for free on the FPMT website.
Another option is to search for recordings of classes taught at FPMT Centers on YouTube. Also, read the blog entries for the previous classes.