Meditation Workbook (London Buddhist Centre) A detailed instruction for a meditation diary over 4 or 6 weeks. Focus is on Mindfulness of Breathing, Body Scan, and Metta Bhavana. Including clear reminders of essential aspects of the practices.
Week 1: anchoring awareness to the body Breath and Body – focus on good preparation and anchoring awareness to the body; becoming aware of tensions and discomfort; noticing positive factors.
Week 2: focus supported by breadth Breath and Breadth – including all one’s experience in awareness;...
Introducing Metta Bhavana is a highly-polished 32-page guide to the Metta Bhavana developed by Ruchiraketu in 2004. He introduces it thus:
Introduction The ideas given in Introducing Metta Bhavana are to give practical tips for designing experiential exercises while introducing Metta Bhavana to newcomers. I hope they will stimulate more experimentation with an experiential approach to learning.
They are not a complete course in themselves but are provided to supplement whatever teaching you might normally do. Adapt them to suit your own style and purposes. They...
About his summary, Lokabandhu, who says: “I produced this for use in Buddhafield and Bodh Gaya, I’ve always liked it as a very compact one-page summary of our meditations. The idea is that it is a one-page printout that folds into 4 and makes a miniature...
This is a six-week foundation course based on a practice diary. This course aims to support people in establishing a meditation practice, breaking down teaching into day-by-day experiential exercises and reviewing how the meditation is going. The materials include a meditation diary, handouts with reminders of the practice, and Teachers Notes. Developed by Maitreyabandhu and peer-reviewed by the Lighting the Flame Group.
Notes on the Practice Diary
This post introduces the context for using the Diary in a course you are leading.
This is a very popular eight-week course based on Maitreyabandhu’s book of the same name, available from Windhorse Publications. Included is a selection of poems for week 6 (mindfulness of art and nature).
This is a fully-worked-out six-week course introducing the FWBO’s main meditation practices, by Sagaraghosha from the Cambridge Buddhist Centre, UK. We’ve included a file with the complete course combined into one document.
Guide line for the teacher
Handout ‘Practical Points‘
Handout ‘Four Types of Meditation‘ (concentrative, generative, reflective, receptive)