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Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
A Free Online Course
(No certification provided)
Cost: Free (Donation to a non-profit organization such as Vipassana Hawaii or Doctors Without Borders is appreciated)
Founder and principal instructor: Thanh V. Huynh, M.D.
This course is designed for people new to this practice, with the aim of introducing principal aspects of the traditional Mindfulness Meditation. However, some experienced practitioners -including MBSR instructors/teachers- find it helpful in reviewing and clarifying many aspects of the mindfulness practice.
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Up to now, most programs have taught mindfulness meditation in a setting that is paid and face-to-face. This approach limits the number of people who can take advantage of this training.
This online course is designed to make this practice available to many people who find it impractical or impossible to attend regularly scheduled courses outside of their home. This online course would take less time than required for most people just to commute to a formal class. All one needs is twenty to forty minutes a day (less in week 1) for the formal practice and to be mindful during other routine activities.
You will need access to a computer (and preferably a mp3 or voice/cassette recorder to download/record the audio instructions from the computer) or a smart phone . You can also print out the written instruction to read later.
Mindfulness Meditation and related practices.
-Eight weekly units of online instruction on the theory and practice.
-Daily meditation practice with audio/video-guided instruction.
(Daily practice increasing from 10-15 minutes in the first week to 20-45 minutes in the last week.)
-Informal application of mindfulness in daily life.
-Internet forum for interaction with the instructors and other participants worldwide.
( There is no set time. The practice and forum participation can be done at any time chosen by participants)
Upon completion of the course, participants would be able to:
1. differentiate various meditation techniques including concentration/relaxation versus insight/mindfulness.
2. understand mindfulness, its components and how to establish it.
3. independently practice by applying mindfulness in formal meditation and in daily life.
4. describe the benefits of meditation.
2. Common meditation techniques. Difference between concentration/relaxation and insight/mindfulness.
4. Definition and components of mindfulness.
5. Factors influencing the practice.
6. Concept and reality.
7.Techniques of mindfulness meditation:
-Attitude for practice
-Working with the body and the mind
(including pleasant/unpleasant feeling tone, intention, beautiful/unwholesome mental quality)
-Mindfulness in daily life
- Non-harming commitment
Methods of Instruction: Online (flexible schedule) including:
-Discussion Forum for reports/comments, Q/A.
Methods of Evaluating Student Progress:
Weekly quiz (when applicable)