Introduction

Taming the Mind

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Many of us are slaves to our minds. Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night. We try to be good to the people we love, but then we forget and put ourselves first. And when we want to change our life, we dive into spiritual practice and expect to see quick results, only to lose focus after the honeymoon has worn off. We return to our state of bewilderment. We're left feeling helpless and discouraged.

Does this describe you? Which parts of this description fit? What would you add to describe your mind?

We yearn for deeper meaning in our lives. We know we have seeds inside us that we would like to nourish, but how? “If only I could find the secret,” we fantasize. So we search for esoteric truths or gurus. We read book after book.

For many of us it is a secret that:

  • we already possess that which we seek — basic goodness.
  • our heart and mind are inherently awake.
  • the basis of everything is completely pure and good.
  • there is a quality of complete wholesomeness that includes everything – including ourselves.

Does this describe you? Before beginning this course, reflect on what deeper meaning you yearn for, what "secrets" you wish revealed. What are you seeking from this course?

This course

This course offers guidance and tools for discovering these hidden secrets for yourself. With this discovery you can begin the adventure of transforming yourself into awakened person, of living your life with true joy and happiness, of cultivating courage, and of radiating love and compassion to others.

In this course you will learn how to practice Shamatha meditation —"peaceful abiding"— to train your mind in stability, clarity, and strength and to create an alliance that allows you to actually use your mind, rather than be used by it. Through this most basic form of sitting meditation, you will discover that you can abide peacefully

True freedom

Your teachers

 

This workshop in peaceful abiding is led by Acharya Bill McKeever and is based on the teachings of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The text of this course is drawn largely from Mipham Rinpoche's book Turning the Mind Into an Ally, as well other teachings he has given on meditation throughout the US. The audio and video (with two exceptions) present Bill's guidance on the meditation path laid out by Mipham Rinpoche in his book and teachings.