Buddhist Meditation Classes & Practice

Last Introductory Mindfulness Course of 2015

by Peter Carlson on November 3, 2015

There will be another Four Foundations Of Mindfulness course offered at the Women’s Club of Winter Park, on four Monday nights from 7 to 9, from November 23 to December 14.  This course will be the last intro course offered until March of 2016.  The course reviews the Satipatthana Sutta, one of the key discourses of Buddhism.  The teacher, Peter Carlson, has been teaching this course periodically for over 20 years, and approaches this practice as a profoundly spiritual psychology (or a profoundly psychological spirituality?).  The topic of mindfulness is currently being very thoroughly investigated scientifically, and applied to relieving  distress associated with workplace stress, recovery from addiction, as well as general anxiety and mood disorders.

Each evening’s meetings will include a training meditation focused on mindfulness of breathing, a practice fundamental to all the Buddhist traditions and applicable to all faith traditions.  The course fee is $50, payable to the Orlando Insight Meditation Group, a non-profit corporation, and pays for the rental of the facility as well as subsidizing the cost of retreats for those  who want to experience the benefits of intensive mindfulness training.

Here is the flyer for the course:   FOUR FOUNDATIONS course flyer

Intensive Study Group

by Peter Carlson on August 27, 2015

Peter is recruiting an intensive study group, which will meet 8 times, from 7:30-9 PM Tuesdays.  The format of the group will be applying aphorisms from the Tibetan lojong mind training discipline, which is currently being explored during Wednesday night meetings.  In the intensive group, participants will commit to 45 minutes per day of meditation, either mindfulness of breathing or lovingkindness, to support the application of an aphorism.  Each participant will choose one of the aphorisms for daily integration into normal life routines, in order to cultivate the ability to gain maximum benefit from the practice.  During the weekly meetings, the practice experience of the prior week will be discussed with Peter, and other participants will have the opportunity to participate as well, much like a seminar.

This formatted study group has been found to be very useful for participants over the years it has been offered.  The first meeting will be announced when there are 6 committed members; there are now 4.  Contact Peter at 407 339-5444 for more information about the group.

Notes To Accompany Lojong Introduction

by Peter Carlson on July 16, 2015

Here are the notes accompanying the just posted .mp3 recording “Lojong Introduction July 15 2015”:    TRAINING THE HEARTMIND

Buddhism and Relationship Notes

by Peter Carlson on July 2, 2015

Here are the notes prepared for the just-posted recording of the talk from July 1:BUDDHISM AND RELATIONSHIP NOTES

Buddhism and Addiction Notes

by Peter Carlson on June 25, 2015

Here are the notes for the just posted .mp3 file entitled “Buddhism And Addiction June 24 2015”: BUDDHISM AND ADDICTION NOTES

Intensive Study Group

Peter is interviewing folks who are interested in participating in an 8 week intensive study group, meeting on Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 9 in his office, located in his home in front of the cottage that is the meditation hall. This group process has been facilitated by Peter for several years, previously for 12 […]

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The Value Of Breath Awareness

THE VALUE OF BREATH AWARENESS This is the first of a series of essays organized around an exploration of the specific practices advocated in the Anapanasati Sutta, most frequently translated as the teaching on mindfulness of breathing. According to Buddhist tradition, this is the practice that Siddhattha Gotama perfected during the night of his awakening, […]

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