In this course, Tina Rasmussen provides in-depth material on the “Heart Practices” category of meditation, which includes the Brahmaviharas and Bodhicitta, and teaches meditation practices to cultivate them. The Brahmaviharas are the “divine abodes of the heart” or skillful virtues, found in both Theravada and Tibetan Buddhism, known as Four Immeasurables in the latter. Bodhicitta is the Tibetan Buddhist practice of feeling our heart’s aspiration for awakening for our own benefit and for the benefit of all beings.
In this course, Shaykh Burhanuddin offers insights into the foundations of the Ego, introduces the traditional Sufi hierarchy of self-realization – Nafs (Lower Self/Ego), and provides practices we can leverage to progress along the Nafs. The course aims to help us stabilize different areas of our lives, improve our conscious awareness, and build an understanding of how the Lower Self/Ego functions, getting us to a point where we are finally ready to go beyond personality toward awakening.
Zen is an embodied path, using practices that cultivate the body, breath, subtle energetic system, and mind. Meido Roshi here introduces these methods, including a more detailed instruction of the crucial foundational practice of Tanden Soku, cultivation of the navel energy center, and the Naikan practice of the great Rinzai Zen master Hakuin.
In this course, Tina gives an overview of awakening in modern non-dual teachings and provides an in-depth overview of dimensions of non-duality that practitioners might go through at an experiential level. She offers in-depth instructions for the remaining two categories of meditation practice rooted in tradition and confirmed by neuroscience: Open Monitoring and Self Transcending meditations.
In this course, Shaykh Burhanuddin introduces main practices and provides foundational steps into the world of the dervish and Sufi tradition. He gives an in-depth overview of the foundational principles within the Sufi tradition and presents practices to integrate those principles into daily life.
A complete course laying out the foundations of Rinzai Zen practice. In this course, Meido Roshi provides a comprehensive and practice-intensive three-part teaching that includes Zazen (formal seated meditation practice), Internal Energetic Cultivation practices, and Mantric Sounds practices.
The central point of Zen is “Direct pointing at the mind”: the methods that create conditions for sudden awakening. Meido Roshi here presents many such practices that you can use on your own to experience basic clarity, enter meditative absorption (samadhi), and arrive at awakening itself.
During this course Shaykh Burhanuddin will teach the practice of basic Sufi mantras and how they can be integrated into daily life to unify your heart and mind and act more skillfully in relation to others. He will also teach singing meditation from the Dhrupad singing tradition.
In this course you will deep dive into Samatha (concentration and serenity) meditation, in which you return your awareness to one object of meditation to the exclusion of everything else, thereby collecting and unifying the mind (Samadhi). You will also learn to develop a laser-like awareness that can lead to deep meditative absorptions – jhanas which purify the mind and deepen/stabilize your other practices.