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Living the Gradual Path in Body, Speech and Mind: How to Build a Threefold Practice

Resources

If you wish to build your practice based on guided meditations please follow this link to download audio files in MP3 format. You may follow along with the class from mindfulness (weeks 2-3), analytic insight and interconnectedness (weeks 4-5) and visualization (weeks 6-8); or you may pick files that support your favorite practice and use them consistently throughout the class.

If you wish to build your practice based on performance scripts this is traditionally done by reading/reciting scripted meditation texts to guide your practice. Recite the text mentally or out loud, pausing at points that feel salient to do a focused meditative experiment or reflection, and then continuing on with the recitation to the end. You may follow along with the class by using Practicing the Great Seal (The Victors’ Highway) to guide your mindfulness practice (weeks 2-3), using Refining the Mind in Seven Points (Clearing the Mind in Seven Points) to guide your mind clearing practice (weeks 4-5), and using either Invoking the Healing Mentor or Invoking the Healing Mother (Calling on the Mother) to guide your visualization (weeks 6-8). Or you may pick one of the these texts to support your favorite practice throughout the class.

If you wish to build a threefold practice based on one performance script: you may want to use The Yoga of Mentor Bonding (Mentor Devotion) as a unifying practice-text. It covers all aspects of the gradual path and can substitute for all the audio files and three modular texts.

Class syllabus [pdf]

Class podcasts

February 1, 2010: Class 1: One Mother, Three Fathers: The Gradual Path

February 8, 2010: Class 2: Basic Mindfulness and the Path of Self-Healing

February 15, 2010: Beyond Breath: Deep Mindfulness and Lasting Change

February 22, 2010: Mind-Clearing and the Path of Engagement (due to technical problems the opening meditation and the beginning of class were not recorded.)

February 22, 2010: Mind-Clearing and the Path of Engagement

March 8, 2010: Role-Modeling Imagery and the Path of Transformation

March 15, 2010: Encountering the Mentor, Transmuting the Self

March 22, 2010: Tailoring and Wearing a Threefold Practice

Audio Assistance

Stream

Clicking on the audio links (left) will stream the audio to your computer.

Download

If you'd like to download the MP3 file directly to your hard disk:

Windows

IE: right-click the link and select "Save target as..."

Firefox/Netscape/Mozilla: right-click on the link and select "Save link target as..."

Macintosh

IE: click and hold or control-click the link and select "Download Link to Disk"

Firefox/Netscape/Mozilla: click and hold or control-click the link and select "Save link as..."

Safari: control-click the link and select "Download Linked File As..."

iTunes

Instructions for adding the downloaded MP3 files into iTunes can be found on the Apple site.