Calmness, Contentment, Concentration: Part 1

I’ve been teaching an intermediate meditation course at Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket, NH, to 13 very enthusiastic participants.

My approach is to take the traditional “five dhyana factors,” which are usually enumerated pretty much as “what happens when your meditation practice really takes off), and turned them into a course in “how to cultivate dhyana.”

So over three weeks I’m introducing ways to help:

  1. Calm the mind (so that we reduce the amount of thinking we do)
  2. Develop contentment (so that the practice is enjoyable, even blissful)
  3. Develop concentration (in the sense of sustained attention)

In the first week we looked at ways that we could calm the mind, with some guided meditations and an introductory talk. The audio is completely unedited…

You can listen online or download the file.

5 thoughts on “Calmness, Contentment, Concentration: Part 1”

  1. Hi, John.

    I just finished the third class, and I’m transferring the files from my iPhone to my computer now. I’ll post more tonight.

    All the best,

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