Following your order you will receive an email with a link to a webpage to download a PDF document that contains the enrollment key for the course and instructions on how to access the course on the FPMT Online Learning Center.
Buddhist Meditation 101 is an introductory course to Buddhist meditation. It is suitable for people encountering both meditation and Buddhism for the first time, as well as for people who have done some meditation in other traditions but would like to know more about how meditation is practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It provides an overview of meditation and basic meditation techniques, including breathing meditation, mindfulness meditation, visualization meditation, and analytical meditation, in the context of the Tibetan Mahayana tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa (Gelug). It includes an explanation of what kinds of skills are developed in meditation and how to apply them in daily life. The course is taught by Ven. Connie Miller, a senior American teacher of Tibetan Buddhism known for her accessible teaching style.
This program is presented as a series of five sessions. Each session consists of teachings along with short guided meditations by Ven. Connie Miller, available in both MP3 and written formats, each approximately one and a half hours in length. These teachings are supplemented by longer versions of the guided meditations, each approximately thirty minutes in length, for a total of ten guided meditations. Each session of teachings concludes with some points for reflection that are intended to encourage a personal reflection and analysis of the topics taught.
The five sessions of the course cover the following topics:
Session 1: Meditation in Buddhism
Two guided meditations:
Points for Reflection
Session 2: Mind in Buddhism
Three guided meditations:
Session 3: Types of Meditation and Obstacles to Meditation
One guided meditation:
Session 4: The Meditation Session, Meditation Place, and Visualization Meditation
Session 5: Meditation Stops the Roller Coaster of Emotions
The course materials consist of the following resources:
This course has no actual required readings. However, one book is highly recommended for those who take this course: How to Meditate by Kathleen McDonald (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1984, 2006)
Buddhist Meditation 101 can be done either before or after the introductory course Buddhism in a Nutshell, in which Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and principles are explored more extensively. However, if you are new to both Buddhism and meditation it is recommended to begin with Buddhist Meditation 101 and then do Buddhism in a Nutshell.
Note: The entire course was revised in 2018 to provide the option of either reading and listening to it online or to download all the audio and text files and use them offline.