Meditation and the Buddhist approach

A multi-part course based on Open Heart, Clear Mind given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day from April 2007 to December 2008. You can also study the book in-depth through the Sravasti Abbey Friends Education (SAFE) online learning program.

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  • Course description and instruction on breathing meditation

    • Physical posture for meditation
    • Observing the relationship between breath and emotions
    • Mindfulness and introspective awareness
    • Working with distractions

    Open Heart, Clear Mind 01a: Introduction and meditation instruction (download)

    How to investigate and evaluate spiritual teachings before accepting them

    • Ten wrong reasons to believe in something
    • The right way to believe in something through observation, analysis, and checking through personal experience
    • The three types of phenomena to check
    • Checking if a teacher is a valid authority

    Open Heart, Clear Mind 01b: Meditation and the Buddhist approach (download)

    Questions and answers

    • Which school of Buddhism to focus on
    • Comparisons with Hindu concepts

    Open Heart, Clear Mind 01c: Q&A (download)

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