Discovering Buddhism

How to Meditate

In this module, we will discuss the definition and purpose of meditation and learn basic meditation skills, including how to sit properly, how to set up a meditation session, the different types of meditation techniques, and how to recognize and deal with obstacles in meditation.

We will also explore questions such as:

  • What do motivation and dedication mean, and why are they important elements of meditation practice?
  • What are the antidotes to obstacles in meditation, such as restlessness, distraction, sleepiness, expectations about the practice, and regret?
  • What is the meaning of impermanence according to the Buddhist teachings, and how can understanding of this be used to counteract afflictions such as attachment and anger?

    This is the second in a series of 14 modules covering the complete Buddhist path to enlightenment. Students may join at any point in the cycle. Discovering Buddhism is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of fundamental Buddhist concepts. The program is designed to provide an experiential taste of the Buddha’s teachings and the skills we need to make our lives most meaningful. Each module includes teachings, meditations, readings, assessment questions, and a short retreat.

About the Teacher

Gustavo Cutz has been an active volunteer with Shantideva Center since 2008 and previously worked as an editor at Wisdom Publications in Boston. He was the facilitator for Discovering Buddhism until 2012 and has taught the course since 2017. He is in the process of becoming an FPMT-certified teacher. Gus also interprets and summarizes Geshe Thubten Soepa’s teachings on topics such as the Four Noble Truths, the eight worldly concerns, the six perfections, the “Eight Verses of Thought Transformation,” and, most recently, Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, chapters 1-3. Gus is a clinical psychologist and currently practices on Long Island.

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