The historical Buddha’s teachings on how to work with mind through meditation practice have spread throughout the world. There are many traditions and types of Buddhist meditation, but all contain the essence of his teachings on how to work with the mind. Buddhist meditation is generally explained in two traditional categories, which in Mindworks’ courses we call mindfulness and awareness. Mindfulness involves training in focusing the mind on the present moment, which naturally changes our view and attachment to thoughts: we learn to let our thoughts come and go without judgment. Awareness meditation involves a further step of using the calm and clarity developed in mindfulness practice and applying it to unravel our emotional confusion and habitual patterns. Through awareness practice we understand how to see the world and our place in it in a much more spacious way, which leads to the twin Buddhist goals of wisdom and compassion.
In our meditation courses, Mindworks systematically presents guided meditations on both mindfulness and awareness practices. Mindworks founders and Mind Trainers all are deeply committed practitioners of Buddhist meditation, and have dedicated their lives to sharing with others the insights and benefits it provides.