Resources for Lessons 1-8

 

Lesson 1:

Breath Meditation Instruction – by teacher

  • A. Sona’s YouTube playlist of short videos on Breath Meditation.
  • A. Sona explains his take on breath meditation in a longer talk.
  • 30 min guided breath meditation with short talk at the beginning – Ajahn Sona. This meditation uses visualization to quickly relax the body and mind, then follows the framework of the Anapanasati Sutta (the Buddha’s teaching on Breath Meditation).
  • The Basic Method of Meditation by Ajahn Brahmavamso.  It is available for free online.
  • Guided meditation by Ajahn Brahm which goes over the basics for beginners.
  • 40 min guided meditation with talk at the beginning – Ajahn Brahmavamso. It introduces the way A. Brahm teaches breath meditation by starting with relaxation of the body, which naturally quiets the mind too.
  • Short talk by Ajahn Brahm on the Leaky Bucket which emphasizes the necessity of relaxing the body in meditation so the joy that eventually arises stays in the mind and doesn’t leak out into the physical body.
  • With Each and Every Breath by Bhikkhu Thanissaro. The instructions given in this lesson for the body scan are from Bhikkhu Thanissaro.  This book is also available for free online – go down to the “Treatises” section.
  • Laying the Infrastructure – a talk by Ajahn Thanissaro.

Books in the CBBC’s library on Breath Meditation

  • The Basic Method of Meditation by Ajahn Brahmavamso.  It is available for free online.
  • With Each and Every Breath by Bhikkhu Thanissaro. The instructions given in this lesson for the body scan are from Bhikkhu Thanissaro.  This book is also available for free online – go down to the “Treatises” section.
  • Food for Thought by Ajahn Lee. Bhikkhu Thanissaro has based his breath meditation teachings on those of Ajahn Lee, the main teacher in his lineage.
  • The Anapanasati Sutta is the teaching of the Buddha on mindfulness of breathing. This teaching is found in the Majjhima Nikaya (#118), pages 941-948 which is available in the reference section of the CBBC’s library. Reference books cannot be borrowed but you are welcome to come and read them at mutually convenient times.
  • Breath by Breath by Larry Rosenberg – An excellent commentary on teaching of the Buddha on mindfulness of breathing.
  • A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield – Another good book to read as a companion to this topic
  • Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana.
  • Mindfulness with Breathing by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu.
  • Explorations in Awareness by Mechele Calvert. Mechele is my first teacher. Her book is directed at those who feel their life is too busy to incorporate a time for a daily sitting practice. So this book talks about having “minutes” of mindfulness throughout the day. Her book also covers all the basic teachings of the Buddha.
  • The Beginners Guide to Insight Meditation by Arinna Weisman and Jean Smith.
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay). Thay has written many wonderful books that in a profoundly simple way convey the teachings of the Buddha.
  • Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh.  Although not directly teaching mindfulness of breathing, this book is a wonderful introduction to meditation practice.

Books in the CBBC’s library on the Sound of Silence

  • The Sound of Silence – The Anthology Volume 4 by Ajahn Sumedho.
  • Inner Listening by Ajahn Amaro.

Lesson 2:

  • A Guide to Walking Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh.
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation by Arinna Weisman and Jean Smith, pages 25 – 31.
  • Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn. He describes lying down meditation.

Lesson 3:

  • Satipatthana – The Direct Path to Realization by Analayo.
  • The Four Foundations of Mindfulness – in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana.
  • Printable Peace Treaty document.

Lesson 4:

  • Loving Kindness – The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg.
  • Satipatthana – The Direct Path to Realization by Analayo
  • The Four Foundations of Mindfulness – in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana.
  • Dhamma talk on the Metta Sutta by Ajahn Sona:  Part One, Part Two.
  • Metta sutta, chanted in English.
  • metta meditation course taught by Bhante Sujato.  The ten sound files can be found by clicking on: “Retreats,” then “2007 Metta Meditation Course.”
  • A talk about the four Right Efforts by Ajahn Brahm.
  • A. Sona’s YouTube playlist of short videos on Right Effort
  • A. Sona’s YouTube playlist of short videos on Ingenious Emotions (the Brahmaviharas or divine abidings)

Lesson 5:

  • Loving Kindness – The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
  • Being Nobody, Going Nowhere by Ayya Khema.  This book contains a helpful overview of the Five Hindrances and how to overcome them.
  • Working with the Five Hindrances by Ajahn Thiradhammo.
  • Five Ways to Let Go of a Grudge – 35 minute talk by Ajahn Sona.
  • A. Sona’s YouTube playlist of short videos on the Five Hindrances.
  • A. Sona’s YouTube playlist of short videos on Ingenious Emotions (the Brahmaviharas or divine abidings)

Lesson 6:

  • Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness by Bhante Gunaratana
  • For a Future to be Possible by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Explorations in Awareness by Mechele Calvert. There is a detailed explanation of Dependent Origination in chapter 8.
  • The Beginners Guide to Insight Meditation by Arinna Weisman and Jean Smith. A clarifying example of Dependent Origination is found on pages 88 – 96.
  • The Buddhist Path to Simplicity by Christina Feldman, chapter 3, “Morality”
  • Pay Attention for Goodness’ Sake by Sylvia Boorstein. A book on the paramitas.
  • Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh.
  • A Treatise on the Paramis by Acariya Dhammapala
  • Overview of the Eightfold Path, talk by Ajahn Sona.
  • Dependent origination explained by Ajahn Brahm:  Part 1 and Part 2.
  • A. Sona’s YouTube playlist of short videos on the Ten Perfections.

Lesson 7:

  • The Path of Serenity and Insight by Bhante Gunaratana. This is a very technical book. The notes for the Jhanas in this lesson were taken from this book.
  • The Jhanas in Theravada Meditation by Bhante Gunaratana. This is a summary of the above book.
  • Who Is My Self? by Ayya Khema. This is an easy book to read on the jhanas.
  • Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond by Ajahn Brahm. A very helpful book on the Jhanas.
  • Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana.  For a wonderful discourse on the difference between concentration and mindfulness, read Chapter 14.
  • Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification) by Buddhaghosa – this describes the 40 meditation objects as well as other aspects of Buddhism.
  • Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness by Bhante Gunaratana.
  • Life of Pleasure (Jhana) and Jhana –  dhamma talks by Bhante Sujato.

Lesson 8:

  • Satipatthana – The Direct Path to Realization by Analayo
  • The Four Foundations of Mindfulness – in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana
  • Explorations in Awareness by Mechele Calvert. There is a detailed explanation of Transcendental Dependent Origination in chapter 8.
  • The Pali Canon contains the teachings of the Buddha.  You can find the entire Pali Canon online under Sutta Central.

Practice Opportunities

  1. The CBBC Meditation Group is hosted by Sanghamitta (Mary Dumka) in her home at 518 – 2 St. Canmore (see map) on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 9 pm.  For more information on this group and its meetings, please have a look at our Meditation Group Orientation (PDF).  If you are new to meditation, please come at 7 pm for some initial instructions and/or to have questions answered.
  2. Sitavana/Birken Forest Monastery is located just south of Kamloops. The abbot is Venerable Sona, a wise and compassionate teacher. Scheduled retreats are held throughout the year. Aside from these, one can visit the monastery for tea or for up to a 2 week personal retreat from April – December, providing space is available. Longer stays are available if you get permission from the abbot. The monastics are on their “Winter Retreat” from January – March, meaning they do no teaching during that time so that they can focus on their own practices. If you are an experienced meditator, you can stay at the monastery during that time but there will be no teaching, just an opportunity for your own practice. There is no charge. The monastery runs on donations. For information see their website at www.birken.ca or e-mail at: meditate@birken.ca. It’s also possible to “phone” their computer and leave a voice message. They request you speak slowly. The number is: (778)-785-6059. To write the address is: Box 5, Knutsford, BC. V0E 2A0. They have a newletter available online, or if you have no computer, you can request it to be mailed.
  3. Sati Saraniya Hermitage is the first monastery for Buddhist nuns in Canada located near Perth ON. Ayya Medhanandi is the abbott. Contact the monastery to discuss the opportunity to go there for a personal retreat. Or there is the opportunity for volunteer female stewards, a wonderful way to practice generosity and to receive the benefits of close contact with teachings in a monastic community. Ayya comes to Canmore on a yearly basis to offer a retreat. She has a special gift for teaching and chanting. She is actively training nuns with the hope that eventually 2 of these nuns will become permanent residents in Canmore at our future nuns Hermitage.  If you are considering the monastic life, please contact the monastery to discuss the opportunity to go there to train as a fully ordained bhikkhuni (buddhist nun).
  4. Calgary Insight Meditation Society produces a monthly newsletter that lists meditation groups and upcoming retreats in Alberta.  You can request that the newsletter be emailed to you each month.
  5. If you wish to be emailed about CBBC’s events (moon days and retreats), please subscribe to our Event Updates.  Or visit our events page.

Links to Buddhist Monasteries and Dhamma Talks

Links to teachings recommended by members of the CBBC Meditation Group

 

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