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Dallas Meditation Meetup Message Board DISCUSSION FORUM - ARCHIVE › meditation courses available online meditation courses available online

Craig Anthony L.
Group Organizer
Wylie, TX
Post #: 66
Wildmind ( is an internet site that offers articles, guided instruction, and other resources on meditation.
In addition to the free material on the website, Wildmind conducts online, multimedia, distance-learning courses in meditation where you can get guidance from an experienced teacher.

There are four courses; each course gives you access to password-protected course materials containing study materials, audiovisual presentations, and audio guided meditations in MP3 format.

Additionally, each course is interactive, offering a discussion forum in which you can chat with other students and an online journal in which you can receive personal guidance from an experienced teacher.

Next available course dates: February 05 - March 03

Each course is $90
Read details about the content of each course at http://www.wildmind.o...­

From the website:

What is Buddhist Meditation?

Meditation is the conscious cultivation of the mental faculties. The term encompasses many techniques that facilitate the the cultivation of, amongst other things, calmness, one-pointed concentration, lovingkindness, compassion, a sense of wellbeing, and insight into the nature of reality.

As you can see from the above list, there are many different faculties or qualities that can be developed. Accordingly, there are many different types of meditation practice, each with a specific purpose.

Buddhist meditation is broadly divided in to Shamatha and Vipashyana meditation. Shamatha (Pali: Samatha) meditation calms the mind and develops one-pointed concentration and positive emotions. Vipashyana (Pali: Vipassana) meditation builds on the calmness, focus, and positive emotion generated in Shamatha meditation, and helps to develop an awareness of the impermanence, interconnectedness, and the contingent nature of our experience.

On Wildmind we follow the traditional approach of cultivating Shamatha meditation before approaching Vipashyana.

Every form of meditation uses some object on which we direct our attention. We can use the sensations of the breath, our emotional connection with ourself and others, the physical sensations of the body, sounds, visualized images, etc.

Meditation has been shown to have many medical and psychological benefits, including promoting a sense of wellbeing, boosting the immune system, promoting the development of cortical matter in the brain, and slowing aging.

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