The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
Download these guided meditations to your mp3 player or listen online.
Dharma Seed (Insight Tradition)
A vast library of dharma talks and guided meditations by teachers in the Insight or Vipassana tradition, including Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, and Tara Brach.
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Online Course Transcripts (Insight Tradition)
Gil Fronsdal, a senior teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition, offers a lucid and very useful six part introduction to meditation, available either on mp3 or in transcript.
Tara Brach: Meditation, Emotional Healing, Spiritual Awakening (Insight Tradition)
Tara Brach is a widely respected Buddhist teacher and psychologist. Her guided meditations on "presence,""making yourself at home in presence," and "taking your seat" all help toward settling the mind and body at the beginning of a meditation practice. Also at this website: a booklet by Tara Brach: "How to Meditate."
Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Modern World: Lesser Vehicle
The five modules of this Coursera online course (MOOC), dedicated to "Lesser Vehicle" practices and perspectives, treat the first five of these twelve types. Each module in turn has four components: (i) the specific Buddhist meditation in its traditional presentation and practice; (ii) modern scientific research into its efficacy and dynamics, or on practices, principles, and processes related to this type of meditation in our analysis; (iii) the fact, problems, and opportunities of modern secular adaptations in a variety of educational, professional, and personal settings; and (iv) secular practices for experimentation, which are either direct adaptations or new practices designed to give an experiential sense of some of the principles underlying the Buddhist meditative practice.
What to Do With Your Mind
"The Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha's original discourse on mindfulness, specifically says that one must begin by focusing the attention on the breathing and then go on to note all other physical and mental phenomena which arise. The method we are explaining here, however, is considered the most traditional and is probably what Gotama Buddha taught his students.
The resources above were suggested by the meditation group that meets weekly in Trexler Library. If you would like to attend the meditation sessions, send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.