In this new online course from Lion’s Roar, Buddhist meditation teacher Michael Stone draws on his decades of practice to help you begin—or deepen—your meditation practice. This immersive meditation instruction course will help you establish your own path of practice, equipped with effective tools to see and work with your mind. Your course includes:
3.5 hours of teaching, broken into short videos
Suggested readings for each topic
Study notes and tips
Lifetime access to course
All meditators — even those with years of experience — have questions about the practice. This in-depth course from Michael Stone delivers your answers.
Integrating traditional Vipassana and Zen forms of Buddhist meditation, Michael will lead you step by step through the fundamentals of meditation, working through the details of posture, technique, the tricks to maintaining a daily practice, and how meditation can help you deal with stress, difficult emotions, and painful habitual patterns. You'll learn:
how to develop and sustain a regular meditation practice;
how meditation can make you more resilient and calm in the face of daily stress;
which meditation posture is right for you;
techniques that help stabilize emotions and allow you to work directly with habitual patterns and feelings;
and much more, all on your own schedule.
01.The Journey of Meditation
The Paradox of Meditation Practice
How Meditation Differs From Psychotherapy
Happiness: The Byproduct of Meditation
02.Introduction to Posture, Breathing, and Mindful Listening
Posture — Key points and tips
Mindful Listening — Using Sound as a Meditative Object
Why Do We Need A Meditative Object?
What is Mindfulness and Why is it Important?
Cultivating the Conditions for Meditation
Summary of Mindful Listening
03.The Path of Meditation: A Practice of Intimacy
A Practice of Intimacy
Bridging the Gap Between Reality and Expectation
04.Mindfulness of Breathing
Transitioning from Mindfulness of Sound to Mindfulness of Breathing
Following the Breath in Your Body and Letting the Body Breathe
Staying Connected to the Breath Using the Belly and the Nostrils
05. Engaging Fully in Mindfulness: How to Hold the Breath and Body
What to Do With Your Hands and Tongue During Sitting
Should You Keep Your Eyes Open or Closed?
How to Develop a Daily Practice
Quiet The Mind, Quiet The Breath
06. Mindfulness in daily Life
A Practice of Social Action
07. Meditation in Daily Life
Turning to Life: The Buddha’s Psychological Model of Approaching Reactivity
How To Transform Reactivity
A Review of Non-Reactivity and The Spiritual Path
Closing Remarks on Karma
The Proper Use of Cushions
The Proper Use of Chairs
09. Guided Meditation on Sound
10. Guided Meditation on Breath
Shôken Michael Stone is a Buddhist teacher, yogi, psychotherapist, and author who presents traditional meditative tools in plain language to facilitate their greater impact in the worlds of psychology, technology, economics, and ecology.
His meditation teachings integrate traditional Vipassana and Zen forms with insights from Yoga and Mahayana Buddhism, while honoring the integrity of each tradition.
Click now to view a free sample lesson, The Paradox of Meditation.