Meditation Resources

This page offers a space for visitors to explore the concept of meditation. There are explanations and entry level meditations for those who are newer to the practice and guided meditations, retreats and recommended books for those who are hoping to establish a meditation practice or further develop an existing one.

About Meditation

The challenges of daily life often leave us feeling overwhelmed, struggling to focus and less able to be present for our friends and loved ones. It can be hard to find the mental space to switch off, relax and recharge. Even when we find time in our schedules, our busy minds make it hard for us to feel properly rested. This is where meditation comes in.

Simple meditation practice gently relaxes us into a calm mental space, where we are aware of our thoughts and are no longer carried away by them. We can then direct our attention to what matters and face challenges with a happier, lighter and more loving mind.

Some meditation, such as calm abiding, is focused on watching the breath, feeling different sensations or placing the mind on some other particular object or concept and keeping your focus there. On the other hand, analytical meditation goes over a certain topic or philosophical point using logic and reasoning to investigate it in greater depth.

How does mindfulness meditation apply to daily life? Interview with Ven. Amy Miller by Shantideva Centre

How Does One Begin a Meditation Practice Interview with Ven Amy Miller by Shantideva Centre

‘Meditation is very simple. Actually watching television, which we all do, is a bit like meditating. When you watch television, you watch what is happening on the screen, and when you meditate, you watch what is happening on the inner screen of your mind, where you can see all your good qualities, but all your inner garbage as well. That is why meditation is so simple’

– Lama Yeshe –

Retreats & Courses at Land of Joy

With Roy Sutherwood: 9th – 16th January – this will be offered as an online course

In the Tibetan tradition that will be presented in this course, one first concentrates on the clarity and awareness of the mind, a bit like a mirror becoming self-conscious which then moves into a much deeper experience of freedom from our habitual patterns.

From relative newcomers to Buddhist meditation to those very familiar with mahamudra, this retreat is a great opportunity to deepen your practice.

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With Pauline Barber & Lou Beaumont: 22nd – 27th April

We will use the Chenresig sadhana, which is perfect for learning the foundations of Buddhist practice, discussion, breathing exercises and simple chi gong movement to connect with the subtle energies in our bodies, so that we can begin to experience the sadhana at its deepest level. It is here that we truly connect with Tantric practice to train the mind with joy and ease and where its power can be harnessed for transformation.

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[Video & Audio Recordings]

This guided home retreat is a perfect opportunity to learn or revisit the Tibetan Buddhist path of meditation. The recordings provided offer the opportunity to listen to teachings on analytical and single-pointed meditation which incorporate posture, mental attitude and joy. Ven Mary highlights the main points help you learn and practice the main steps of the Lam Rim meditations (Steps on the Path to Enlightenment).

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Other Courses

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.

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This online resource offers the chance to learn the definition and purpose of meditation, how to sit, how to set up a meditation session, different meditation techniques, and how to deal with obstacles to meditation. Materials include video recordings of teaching sessions and guided meditations plus transcripts and recommended reading.

Click here to learn more about the How to Meditate module and here to learn about the Discovering Buddhism programme

Shamatha: Meditation for Balanced Living. A Wisdom Academy online course with Alan Wallace
Varieties of Buddhist Meditation: A Wisdom Academy online course with John Dunne
Emptiness: A Practical Course for Meditators: A Wisdom Academy online course with Guy Armstrong

Podcasts

[To explore more of Ven Robina’s podcasts please click here]

Alan Wallace: Meditation for Balanced Living (a Wisdom Experience podcast)

Christina Feldman: Meditation as Cultivation (a Wisdom Experience podcast)

Sonam Thakchoe: In the Laboratory of Meditation (a Wisdom Experience podcast)

Daniel Goleman: The Mind and Meditation (a Wisdom Experience podcast)

[To explore more Wisdom Experience Podcasts please click here]

Guided Meditations

Audio Recordings from Land of Joy

Shamatha Meditation with Ven Mary Reavey

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Breathing Meditation with Ven Mary Reavey

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Tonglen with Ven Mary Reavey

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Nine Round Breathing with Paula Chichester

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Healing & Lam Rim with Paula Chichester

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Gratitude & Tonglen with Paula Chichester

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Nature of Mind with Ven Mary Reavey

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Continuity of Mind with Ven Mary Reavey

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Clarity of the Mind with Martin Kerrigan

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Nature of Suffering with Ven Mary Reavey

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Impermanence with Ven Mary Reavey

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Certainty of Death with Ven Mary Reavey

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Death can Come at any Time Ven Mary Reavey

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The Stages of Death with Ven Mary Reavey

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Precious Human Rebirth with Ven Mary Reavey

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Eight Worldly Concerns with Ven Mary Reavey

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Love & Compassion with Martin Kerrigan

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Four Noble Truths with Martin Kerrigan

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Audio from Elsewhere

Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path by Ven. Thubten Chodron

The Complete Lamrim by Ven. Karin Valham

Videos

Meditation on Forgiveness with Ven Sangye Khadro (video by Sravasti Abbey)

Mind is the Source of Happiness and Suffering with Thubten Chödrön (video by Sravasti Abbey)

Compassion Burnout with Thubten Chödrön (video by Sravasti Abbey)

Morning Meditation: 9 Round Breathing Guided Meditation with 2 minute introduction with Ven Lozang Yönten

“Tong Len” Meditation (Giving and Taking) with brief introduction and Q & A at the end with Ven Lozang Yönten

Meditation: Touching Your Potential Through Poetry: Maitreya’s 9 Analogies for Buddha Nature with Ven Lozang Yönten

Books

There are many, many books written about meditation. Below is a selection to get you started but we recommend searching places like FPMT’s Foundation Store, Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive & Wisdom Experience and other sources to browse for more.