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Meditation: A Practical Introduction
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 07:00pm - 08:30pm
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Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., September 10 – October 29 (8 sessions)

JOHN CIANCIOSI NEW ENEWS TOSSThis course will give participants a comprehensive overview of both the theory and practice of meditation in plain English. The course is based on the material in The Meditative Path which is included with registration. It offers a systematic exploration of meditation beginning with relaxation of the body and mindfulness of breathing to cultivate greater awareness, concentration, and serenity. We continue by broadening the scope of our practice by cultivating mindfulness in daily activities and begin to investigate our inner world of emotions and mental states. It is a process that leads to insight, understanding, and the ability to free ourselves from stress, worry, and other negative tendencies. Each week will include a period of guided meditation.

John Cianciosi, a student of the late Venerable Ajahn Chah, was ordained a Buddhist monk in 1972 and served as spiritual director of monasteries in Thailand and Australia. He is author of The Meditative Path and is currently the director of public programs at the Theosophical Society.

Pre-registration is required.

TS members: $75 • Nonmembers: $85 (includes copy of The Meditative Path)

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Week 1
Overview of the scope of meditation and its benefits. Explaining Awareness, Concentration and Serenity. Getting started with posture, time, and place. Systematic relaxation.
Week 2
Mindfulness of Breathing. Knowing the In and Out Breath with present moment awareness.
Week 3
Understanding how to apply right effort in guiding the mind.
Some of the common problems encountered in meditation practice and how to work with them.
Week 4
Refining our attention on the breath by thinning out the jungle of thoughts and inclining towards present moment silent awareness of each breath.
Week 5
Meditation in daily life. Bringing more awareness into ordinary activities, so that gradually more of life becomes an aspect of meditation.
Week 6
Exploring the nature of the physical world as we experience it through our five senses, and our inner world of emotions.
Week 7
Understanding the nature of anger and exploring the practice of Loving Kindness Meditation.
Week 8
Living with a trouble free mind, and maintaining one’s practice beyond this course.

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