Skills-based Buddhist Training.
Practical Applied-Dharma Coaching.
applied buddhist dharma coaching with a buddhist ariya-puggala
for those who are serious about wanting to overcome their obstacles
Buddhist Meditation Training:
Ānāpānasati Meditation (mindfulness/breath)
Analytical Meditation (cogitation)
Lamrim Meditation (structured analytical)
Samatha Meditation (blissful concentration)
Metta Meditation (lovingkindness/bodhicitta)
Tonglen Meditation (exchanging)
Maraṇassati Meditation (death)
Lojong Meditation (mind-training)
...and some other analytical practices and esoteric methods.
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There are many different meditation techniques that are taught and applied in traditional Eastern Buddhism, and moving beyond the the introductory breathing and awareness meditations is critical to the long-term success of the time you spend on the cushion. Together we will explore some of these other techniques to find the ones that are most in-line with your skills and practices, and those that would be beneficial (e.g., filling skill or knowledge gaps) to helping you achieve tangible and practical on- and off-the-cushion results. We will identify the techniques that will flesh-out your practice and fill the gaps that aren't being addressed in your current practice (e.g., the ones that are holding you back). This develops the foundations for streamentry.
You will learn how and when to use differing meditation techniques as specific antidotes to the inevitable challenges and difficulties that you will encounter in life; for example, that using tonglen is best for being stuck in a disgusting hotel room, while practicing metta is better if you're ego-tripping after a win/loss situation.
You're not going to find this out in a book or at your local dharma center.
On top of that, this is more than just about providing you with a stable foundation from which to develop a well-rounded, productive, and stable meditation practice, it's about developing the skills needed to realise awakening, attain streamentry, and make your way down the path toward full enlightenment.
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Time to take your meditation to the next level and apply a purposeful direction to your time on the cushion: awakening and realistically entering into the clearly defined Stages of Enlightenment as you learn to make highly-measurable progress toward Nirvana. We will explore various natural states of altered consciousness and the direct realisation of Emptiness (sunyata) by way of attaining deeper levels of sustained concentration (jhana) or high-velocity insight (vipassana).
Michael Turner is a pre-monastic ācariya, ariya-puggala, and a full-time Buddhist anagārika; and he is also a deeply accomplished streamentry mentor and applied-dharma teacher. He emphasises and teaches the practical application of the Buddha's teachings in our everyday lives to overcome our human problems that stand in the way of making measurable progress toward Buddhist enlightenment and he is particularly adept at explaining them in ways that can be easily understood and practiced by Western Buddhists. He has been meditating and cultivating the views and techniques that generate indestructible resilience, inner-strength, and direct experience for more than 25 years and has helped countless numbers of students and peers enhance their practice to make clear progress along the path toward Nibbāna.