Finding Mindfulness Classes
Buddhist centres are usually the most economical places to learn mindfulness. They usually respect your own spiritual belief system, or lack thereof. Other places can be found by typing “meditation classes” or “mindfulness classes” into a search engine on the internet. However be aware that not all meditation is mindfulness. Some can even encourage mindlessness!
If you want teaching that is totally free from a particular spiritual system MBSR & MBCT are very good courses or any of the classes under the heading SECULAR MINDFULNESS CLASSES below.
CLASSES ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
Vipassana (Goenka) as researched by Alan Marlatt: www.dhamma.org
CLASSES IN AUSTRALIA:
Vipassana (Goenka) as researched by Alan Marlatt: www.dhamma.org/ausnz.htm
SECULAR MINDFULNESS CLASSES IN AUSTRALIA
Open Ground ( Australia ) Sydney, Canberra, Southern Highlands, Alice Springs, Perth does MBSR
Mindfulness Centre MBCT in Adelaide, Perth, Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Darwin, Alice Springs, Sydney
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MCBT) – Bruno Cayoun
ASSESSING ORGANISATIONS THAT TEACH MINDFULNESS CLASSES
Buddha Siddhartha gave good advice on how to select a teacher and then how to relate to that teacher once selected. I have adapted these points to this situation.
- First we need to assess if the teacher’s motivations are good. We can tell if teachers are motivated by greed, hate and confusion, by carefully examining their deeds, words and thoughts.
- Is the teacher overly pushy in getting people to come to his/her classes or workshops? (especially repeat workshops)
- Does the practitioner work to make participants stronger to face life or do they create unnecessary dependence?
- Does the practitioner promote an attitude of compassion and understanding of all or do they denigrate certain groups? (e.g. males or females, perpetrators or victims, various religious or political groupings.)
- Once we place trust in a good person we do not need to accept everything they say merely on the basis of faith. We must verify for ourselves whether what we have accepted on good faith is true or false. We can do this by a careful examination of how things have come to be. One of the most important things is to look find teachers who emphasise that mindfulness/meditation is a technique of awareness rather than a way of controlling the world and our minds. Kalupahana David J & Indriani (1982) pp 199-201
The Way of Siddhartha; A Life of The Buddha
Boulder & London