Introductory Session – Saturday 10th October 2015 – 8:45am to 11am.
About the school; why meditate?
About the method of meditation offered.
What the meditation is designed to do.
Observable benefits of meditation.
Content of the course.
Session One – Monday 12th October 2015 – 6:45pm to 9pm.
Shri Shantananda Saraswati on the aim of Meditation.
The small cannot satisfy the large.
The simplicity of the practice of meditation.
An exercise to increase awareness.
Session Two – Monday 19th October 2015 – 6:45pm to 9pm.
Going backstage and the use of energy.
Introduction to meditation – the scene at the Royal Albert Hall.
Introduction to meditation – Dr Roles in New York.
Details and tradition behind the monetary donation.
Session Three – Monday 26th October 2015 – 6:45pm to 9pm.
The active mind.
The ego, the ceaseless chatterbox in the head.
Discrimination, that which knows true from false.
Introduction to Mantra Meditation.
Session Four – Monday 2nd November 2015 – 6:45pm to 9pm.
Introduction to the intellect
Practical exercises illustrating the use of the two aspects of mind.
The extended stillness exercise.
The walking exercise.
Session Five – Saturday 7th November – 9am to 11am.
The causal aspect of mind and its predispositions.
Meditation restores natural peace, tranquillity and contentment.
Advantages of Mediation.
Session Six – Monday 9th November 2015 – 6:45pm to 9pm.
A description of meditation and the observable effects.
The story of the king and the sacred mantra.
Meditation and tradition.
Mediation – practical implications.
The reason for the monetary donation.
Session Seven – Monday 16th November 2015 – 6:45pm to 9pm.
Practical implications and final preparations for initiation ceremony.
Details of the ceremony.
The 10 minute Stillness exercise.
An exercise in developing the power of attention.
The Initiation Ceremony – Saturday 21st November 2015 and Sunday 22nd November 2015 (if necessary)
Students learn to meditate one at a time by appointment – each appointment is one hour long.
Students Individual Meditation check – 30 min. appointments during the week 23rd November 2015 to 27th November 2015
Session Eight – Monday 23rd November 2015 – 6:45pm to 9pm.
Meditating as a group.
Review of the term.
Introduction to the pause between activities.
Students Individual Meditation check – 30min. appointments during the week 30th November 2014
to 4th December 2015
Session Nine – Monday 30th November 2015 – 6:45pm to 9pm.
Employing the mind to the mantra.
Stilling the ears in meditation.
The path to realisation.
Session 10 – Monday 7th December 2015 – 6:45pm to 9pm.
The three levels of rest.
Looking for truth and the desire for the divine life.
Course content for the next term.
There is a 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 taken 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.