Shamatha Practice: Developing Mindfulness with Glen Svensson

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.

Internationally renowned mindfulness practitioner Glen Svensson, graduate of the FPMT Masters Program, and recent tutor for Alan Wallace’s retreat, presents a unique and immersive six-session 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.

Each class focuses on using the breath as the 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 are presented during this program: full-body breath practice, focusing at the abdomen, and focusing at the entrance of the nostrils. Also included are instructions on using the shavasana posture (lying down) in meditation practice.

The six sessions consist of:
1. Introduction
2. Breath (full body)
3. Breath (abdomen)
4. Breath (nostrils)
5. Shavasana (relaxation)
6. Integrating into daily life

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 six-session journey toward enhanced attention and mental balance.

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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.