In the deepening series Shamatha meditation we train the mind in three core qualities: relaxation, stability and clarity. Shamatha means relaxed presence with a clear and stable mind. On the basis of four basic meditations we learn to relax the body and calm the mobile mind.
This in-depth series is intended for anyone who is interested in meditation.
In addition to some meditations, you will get to know the Buddhist background and context of this form of meditation, so that it becomes clear that Shamatha meditation is a common preparatory practice to support other forms of meditation, such as mindfulness, insight meditation, mahamudra and dzogchen.
- This In-depth series consists of 4 themes. It is recommended to start each week with a new theme to effectively follow the deepening sequence. As a participant you will deal with a total of 4 themes over a period of 4 weeks.
- All themes are accessible from the moment you start.
- Each week / each theme consists of a lecture, a meditation, an explanation of the meditation, a sutta and an explanation of the home practice. The meditation, reflection and sutta can be listened to in audio format. The lecture and home practice explanation are videos. Each part also contains written explanations, so that you can read it again at your leisure.
- Afterwards, if you do not have a Membership, you will continue to have access to all the material for twelve months. If you do have a Membership, the material will remain accessible as long as your Membership is active.
- This series contains the course material of the previous live course: Shamatha meditation.
This is what you can expect
Each theme contains a lecture:
- Week 1: We are introduced to Shamatha meditation, an introduction.
- Week 2: How do we keep the focus?
- Week 3: Calming the mobile mind begins.
- Week 4: We stay in silence.
Each theme includes a 15-minute meditation.
Each theme includes an explanation of the meditation and some reflection questions to explore your experience.
Each theme contains a few lines from a sutta (= discourse) to frame the lecture with an original text by the Buddha or one of his disciples. The rules are followed by a short commentary.
Every week (except the last one) the home practice is explained on a video: a daily meditation, informal exercises and a contemplation to reflect on your quality of life in the context of Shamatha practice.
Each theme contains written explanations, so that you can read the content again and let it sink in.
There is an opportunity to ask the supervisor questions online in the meantime, based on your experiences.
As a participant of the in-depth series you have access to our exclusive messaging system. Here you can exchange experiences with other participants of this in-depth series, give reactions to each other and also ask questions to Karin Rekvelt.
The series consists of four themes that are immediately accessible after payment.
Afterwards you stay – if you do not have a 30NOW membership – keep access to all material for XNUMX months. Do you have a 30NOW membership, the material will remain accessible as long as your membership is active.