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
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.
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 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)
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Dana for the Teacher
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.