Shamatha Practice: Developing Mindfulness
with Glen Svensson
Tuesdays, Jan 19–Feb 23, 7–8:30pm EST ONLINE

Learn how to cultivate and enhance attention skills, strengthen your mindfulness, and develop a relaxed yet focused mind.

Within Buddhism, this training is often referred to as shamatha practice – the practice of cultivating a calm, clear, and focused mind.

Join internationally renowned mindfulness practitioner Glen Svensson, graduate of the FPMT Masters Program, and recent tutor for Alan Wallace’s retreat, for a unique and immersive six-week series to develop attention and focus on the basis of relaxation. Mindfulness is an essential foundation for emotional stability, success in life, and success in Dharma practice.

During each class, we will focus on using the breath as our object. Using the breath is particularly recommended for those who have highly discursive minds and find it difficult to remain in the present moment.

Three variations of this practice will be presented during this program: full-body breath practice, focusing at the abdomen, and focusing at the entrance of the nostrils. Also included will be instructions on using the shavasana posture (lying down) in meditation practice.

The whole series is highly recommended but per-session attendance is possible

Course Overview

Glen shares more about his background and an overview of the program: what is shamatha (mindfulness) practice, its many benefits for daily life and the pursuit of genuine happiness, and the elements of this 6-week journey towards enhanced attention and mental balance.

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Important Note

This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom which is an interactive video-conferencing tool that allows participants to see one another and ask questions. You will need a computer, a tablet or a smartphone with the Zoom application to attend. If you are using Zoom for the first time, please login a few minutes earlier to allow any necessary installations on your device.

After registering, the system automatically sends you a confirmation email and a receipt email (if applicable) that contain the Zoom meeting link and other instructions if any. If you don’t immediately receive the email(s) with the Zoom information, or you have questions about Zoom or accessing the class online, please contact us at [email protected].

Registration / Schedule

Suggested: $20 per session, $108 for all 6 weeks.

Other offering option: free to $30

The suggested amount helps support teacher offerings and expenses, direct costs and rent. Shantideva member discounts or benefits will be applied automatically if you have a membership in MindBody. 

The six sessions will consist of:
1. January 19:  Introduction
2. January 26:  Breath (full body)
3. February 2:  Breath (abdomen)
4. February 9:  Breath (nostrils)
5. February 16:  Shavasana (relaxation)
6. February 23:  Integrating into daily life

Shantideva Center may publish recorded sessions in the public domain (e.g., on YouTube). By registering for this event, you are agreeing to give your consent to this process. To protect your privacy, we recommend being conscious about any personal information you share during the sessions. To further enhance anonymity, you may want to consider turning off video or naming yourself using abbreviations.

Time zone: US Eastern Standard Time (GMT/UTC-5)

For questions regarding registration, please email [email protected] for assistance.

Course Materials

If you are a registered student, you may access the readings on our password protected page. After registering, an online receipt will be sent to the email address that you used to register. The page link and password will be on the receipt. Please contact us at [email protected] if you have questions about accessing this page.

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About the Teacher

Originally from Australia, Glen has been a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism since 1995 and graduated from the seven-year Masters Program in Advanced Buddhist Studies of Sutra and Tantra at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa (Pomaia, Italy) in 2004.

Since 2005 he has taught and led meditation retreats in India, Europe, North America and Australia with a clear and structured teaching style and emphasizing the integration of philosophical view, meditation and daily life conduct.