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This course contains an introduction to calmness meditation, the basis for insight into the experience. All of us experience periods in which we seem to lose control, almost as if external events require us to respond in various ways. Calmness meditation is a key life skill here, allowing more control and flexibility in our range of responses. This is the subject of a series of six eight half-hour classes, entitled ‘Welcome to a Calm Place’, in which a set of simple three-minute daily exercises introduce the state of calm. In learning to manage our habit of reacting reflexively to external events, we find a more spacious way of living and create a platform to generate a more creative way of life.
Classes meet online for six weeks, for a half hour each week, and an optional half hour of questions. Each week, there will be a short lecture and practice followed by a discussion.
Week 1: Introducing Concentration with a Candle
Week 2: Distinguishing Vitaka from Vicara with Bell
Week 3: Working with the Breath
Week 4: White Ball
Week 5: Traveling with the Ball
Week 6: White and Red Balls