Mindfulness meditation has exploded in popularity in recent years due to its proven ability to reduce stress, develop focus and stability, and help us learn to relate to challenging feelings and situations in a more grounded and less reactive way.
Along with these benefits, and perhaps most importantly, mindfulness offers us the opportunity to learn to be fully present and open to whatever is happening in our own experience, just as it is.
Through this direct attention, we learn to be kinder and more accepting of ourselves and bring this awareness into our relationships and the world we share.
If you've wanted to learn how to meditate or renew and energize the meditation practice you already have, join renowned Buddhist teacher David Nichtern for this self-paced Foundations of Mindfulness online course to explore the teachings and practice of mindfulness meditation.
An important theme in this video series is cultivating gentleness, precision, and letting go in our practice. It involves adopting a patient and non-aggressive approach to meditation, allowing us to embrace our imperfections without judgment, find equilibrium between effort and ease, and let go of habitual reactions and biases. This approach not only enriches our meditation practice but also brings a more balanced and mindful perspective to our daily lives.
The course is meant to be a fun, accessible, concise deep dive into cultivating the mental stability, clarity, and wakeful awareness available through these powerful and transformative practices.
WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR
THE COURSE, YOU GET
Eight video modules, including:
- Meditation instruction and posture demonstrations
- Guided mindfulness practice you can use daily to establish or strengthen your practice
- Talks on Gentleness, Precision and Letting Go
- Each segment of the course contains contemplations and exercises to support your practice and integrate what you’re learning into your daily life
- Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about meditation
- Recorded Q&A session with David Nichtern and students
- The opportunity to ask questions and interact with other students in the discussion section of each course module
- Recommended readings
- Guidance on how to go forward with your practice
"This course was fantastic. Thank you so much for providing a wonderful program."
"This is the first course on meditation and mindfulness that I've ever taken. I wasn't sure what it would be like and didn't know what to expect. It's exceeding my expectation and I truly enjoyed David's teaching. I love the books recommended for this course, too. Thank you for creating this program. It opened my view of mindfulness meditation and I'm very grateful."
"I really did enjoy the program. Since participating, I have been meditating at least 5x per week, for 20 minutes, which feels like a huge win!"
"Loved the funny, insightful talks and guided practice."
"The segment on “precision" changed my view of meditation. I didn't think precision was an important element for meditation. I look forward to building my strength through it and just keep working on it with gentle efforts."
"I not only enjoyed it but it will have a lasting impact on my practice - for that I am very grateful. Thank you so much for the teachings!"
"It’s the first time I’ve meditated with the intent to just let it be. I’ve always felt like my practice was at odds with the rest of my life. Compassion, surrender, presence; it feels like coming home."
"My ability to sit without crawling out of my skin has improved so much. Thank you!!"
"Meditation has always felt like a struggle. The biggest gift of this course was realizing that letting go wasn’t doing it “wrong”, which was always my experience. I’ve always thought I was a terrible meditator, but I’m realizing I can practice in a space of ease and warmth. I’m always exactly where I’m meant to be and a little gentleness is all I need."
"So happy to learn that meditation doesn’t mean thinking of nothing. My ability to just observe has improved so much."
"THANK YOU! This was a beautiful, concise program and I’m grateful of the work that went into creating it."
"This course was integral in helping me move past reading about meditation and into doing it. So thank you."
David Nichtern is a senior Buddhist teacher who has been practicing and teaching meditation for over 40 years. He was one of the initial American students of renowned meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and studied closely with him soon after his arrival in the United States in 1970.
David is also a business consultant with companies creating a variety of offerings integrating meditation in a larger health and well-being context; including Goldman Sachs, Journey Meditation, Creative Live, True Nature Meditation (Tokyo), Balanced Athlete, The Center for Health & Healing, Om Births, and Kobre & Kim law firm among others.
He has featured in The New York Times, FOX News, Netflix's animated series The Midnight Gospel, The Huffington Post, The Buddhist Geeks podcast, Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast, You Made it Weird podcast with Pete Holmes, and many others. David also hosts his own Podcast based on his book Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck.
David is the author of the critically acclaimed books Awakening From the Daydream: Reimagining The Buddha's Wheel of Life and Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck. He mentors individual students both in person and online, and leads meditation teacher training programs around the world.
He is also a four-time Emmy Award winning and two-time Grammy nominated composer, producer and musician. David has recorded and played with Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Lana Del Rey, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon and many others. Among his many credits in records, film and TV, he wrote the classic hit song "Midnight at the Oasis" and composed the score for Christopher Guest's film "The Big Picture". In recent years he has produced multiple records for and periodically tours with Grammy nominated kirtan performer Krishna Das.