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New Meditation Course Content, Calendar 2017 Durban

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MEDITATION COURSE CONTENT AND CALENDAR

Course: Learn to Meditate Properly

Contact: Ingrid 082 8963919

Venue: St James School for Girls and Boys, 130 Mathews Meyiwa Road (formerly Stamford Hill Road), entrance in De Mazenod Road, Greyville Durban.

Duration: Our courses are ongoing in terms (modules) of nine weeks, four terms (modules) per annum. The next course commences Saturday 22nd July 2017 to Friday 23rd September 2017.

At the end of the first nine weeks students are technically able to meditate properly and are invited to return for the second term of nine weeks when the practice of meditation is combined with an introduction to philosophy Meditation is the master key and philosophy asks the major questions.

Meditation is available to all who wish to receive it regardless of faith creed or persuasion, no prior knowledge or experience is necessary to attend the course. Classes are conducted in informal groups with the opportunity to enjoy fellowship and interaction with like-minded people.

Fees: The fee is R450 per nine-week term. There is a one off monetary gift to be made in the seventh week of the first term when the student is actually taught to meditate.

 

The Course Calendar and Content for the first two terms is detailed below.

Free Introductory Session – Saturday 22nd July 2017 – 8:45am to 11am.

Meet other students, hear about the course and the school, ask questions, register.

The introductory session is part of the course and it is essential to attend.

Program

  1. Welcome
  2. About the School
  3. Why Meditate?
  4. About the Method of Meditation Offered
  5. Changing or Mixing of Disciplines
  6. What Meditation is designed to Do
  7. Observable Benefits of Meditation
  8. Course Content
  9. Practical Exercise
  10. Financial Considerations
  11. Going Forward

 

Session One – Monday 24th July 2017 – 6:45pm to 9pm.

  1. Terms used in the Course
  2. The Oral Tradition
  3. The use of Sanskrit Terminology
  4. The ‘Pause’
  5. Use of the term ‘His Holiness’
  6. The Holy Tradition
  7. The Small Cannot Satisfy the Large
  8. The Practice of the Exercise

 

Session Two – Monday 31st July 2017 – 6:45pm to 9pm.

  1. .Mr MacLaren on Meditation (Recording)
  2. .Going Behind the Stage
  3. Playing One’s part according to time and place
  4. .The Three forces or Energies
  5. .The ‘About the School’ booklet
  6. The Practice of the Exercise

 

Session Three – Monday 7th August 2017 – 6:45pm to 9pm.

  1. The Active Mind
  2. The Ego
  3. The Intellect
  4. Practising the Exercise
  5. Self-Remembering and Meditation
  6. Meditation a way of experiencing the knowledge
  7. What do you meditate on?
  8. What is practised in mantra meditation?
  9. Mantras, different properties according to their nature

 

Session Four – Monday 14th August 2017 – 6:45pm to 9pm.

  1. The Intellect – free of ‘Me’ Considerations
  2. The Two Minds in Action – Practical example
  3. Cleverness and Wisdom – Practical example
  4. Strengthening our Power of Attention – Practical exercise
  5. To Look Within and Mantra Meditation
  6. Strengthening Our Power of Attention

 

Session Five –  Monday 21st August 2017 – 6:45pm to 9pm.

  1. Intellect and Stillness
  2. Causal Aspect of the Mind
  3. Summary of the Unenlightened Mind
  4. Extended Practice of the Exercise
  5. Mantra and Meditation
  6. Meditation the Master Key

 

Session Six – Monday 28th August 2017 – 6:45pm to 9pm.

  1. What is Meditation
  2. The Four Levels of Speech
  3. Tradition behind the Meditation
  4. Extended Practice of the Exercise
  5. The Force of the Tradition

 

Session Seven – Monday 7th September 2017 – 6:45pm to 9pm.

  1. Levels of Speech in Relation to the Mantra
  2. What are the Practical Requirements?
  3. How do I Proceed?
  4. Extended Practice of the Exercise
  5. Developing the Power of Attention – Practical Exercise

 

The Initiation Ceremony – Saturday 9th September 2017 and Sunday 10th September 2017 (if necessary)

Students learn to meditate one at a time by appointment – each appointment is one hour long.

 

Session Eight – Monday 11th September 2017 – 6:45pm to 9pm.

  1. Levels of Speech; Sound, Vibration and Mantra
  2. Introduction to Sounding Practice
  3. Practice of Meditation as a Group
  4. Review of the Term
  5. Extended practice of the Exercise
  6. Introduction to the ‘Pause’
  7. Tutorials
Students Individual Meditation check – 30 min.  appointments during the week 11th September 2017 to 15th September 2017

Session Nine – Monday 18th September 2017 – 6:45pm to 9pm.

  1. Mantra, Sounding and Group Meditation
  2. Embracing the ’Pause’
  3. To establish this in the midst of one’s daily activities
  4. To Be What We Are
  5. In order to be what we are; we have to come out of what we are not.
Students Individual Meditation check – 30min. appointment during the week 18th September 2017 to Friday 22nd September 2017
 

Recess until Monday 9th October 2017

 

Session Ten – Monday 9th October 2017 – 6:45pm to 9pm.

  1. Mantra, Sounding and Group Meditation
  2. Getting that Donkey out of the Mind
  3. Illustration of the need to not struggle with thoughts during the practice of meditation
  4. Why Study Philosophy?
  5. Meditation the Master Key, philosophy asks the Master Questions
  6. Philosophy is the love of wisdom and wisdom is true knowledge of the Self

Session Eleven – Monday 16th October 2017 – 6:45pm to 9pm.

  1. Sounding and Group Meditation
  2. Overview of Next Terms Course Content
  3. The School – Dwelling Place for Meditation and Knowledge
  4. Practices for Week

 

PART 2 Course Content and Calendar

Incorporating ‘The Wisdom Within’ and ‘True Happiness’

 

Session One – Monday 23rd October 2017 –  6:45pm to 9pm.

Meditation: The process of employing the mind to the mantra

Philosophy: Why study philosophy – The School a ‘Dwelling Place for

Meditation and Knowledge’, some reasons why we should study philosophy.

Philosophy and wisdom – wisdom principally the knowledge of the true

nature of the Self.

 

Session Two – Monday 30th October 2017 –  6:45pm to 9pm.

Meditation: The process of employing the mind to the mantra

Philosophy: Self- knowledge: the quest to know oneself, why it is important,

the effect of knowing yourself. How do we Proceed?: looking within, clear

mind, distinguish between constant and unchanging.

 

Session Three – Monday 6th November 2017 –  6:45pm to 9pm.

Meditation: The process of employing the mind to the mantra

Philosophy: Being Awake: the levels of awareness; deep sleep, dream,

waking sleep, fully awake and higher consciousness. The Present Moment:

the present moment is the only time where we can act.

 

Session Four – Monday 13th November 2017 –  6:45pm to 9pm.

Meditation: The ears should attend to the mantra; the mantra cleanses what

needs cleansing and produces finer and finer consciousness.

Philosophy: Attention: the four states of attention; centred and open,

captured and scattered; being awake very much to do with attention.

 

Session Five – Monday 20th November 2017 –  6:45pm to 9pm.

Meditation: Listening to the sound of the mantra, the ears should attend to the

mantra; the mantra cleanses what needs cleansing and produces finer and finer

consciousness.

Philosophy: The Threefold energy: the balance of energy, its use and mis-use;

The Transcendent Self: not affected by the three energies.

 

Session Six – Monday 27th November 2017 –  6:45pm to 9pm.

Meditation: Listening to the sound of the mantra, the ears should attend to the

mantra; the mantra cleanses what needs cleansing and produces finer and finer

consciousness.

Philosophy: Reason: what it is, its importance, discerning the transient from

the eternal, freeing ourselves from false limitations. How reason is to be used,

the impact of our decisions.

 

Session Seven – Monday 4th December 2017 –  6:45pm to 9pm.

Meditation: Meditation, the way of escape from agitated state of the universe.

Going into deep meditation to a state of equilibrium where the laws do not

affect one.

Philosophy: The power of Beauty: the forms of beauty, sensory, thought,

inner qualities and beauty of conduct. Unity in Diversity: its effect, the

experience of unity, what separates us.

 

There is a monetary gift to be made in the seventh week when the student is actually taught to meditate.

What is the Reason for the Gift?This tradition has always included setting some value on the meditation. By doing so it helps to ensure that the meditation is takmeditation grp Jan2015en up in the right spirit and that because the resolution has been tested, there will be sufficient strength to establish it as an important aspect of one’s life.

If no value is set on the meditation it may be regarded as cheap or insignificant.In the East, very often those desiring to meditate would seek a teacher and serve him fully for a good period of time before being introduced to the practice.

When meditation was introduced to the West this was seen not to be practical. In place of service the person to be introduced to meditation was asked to donate the fruit of one week’s labour.This however is not necessarily possible now.

People are therefore asked to make a generous donation, which does not cause hardship but which recognizes their own value and commitment to the practice.The funds received are used to help make meditation available to others.

No personal profit is made from this.The purpose of raising this subject at this stage is to give everyone a chance to reflect on it and time to ensure that they will have a sufficient sum of money available, if the decision is to proceed to the introduction of this practice.For more information or to register:

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Recess until Monday 22nd January, 2018

 

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