SPACE AND AWARENESS

ONLINE COURSES ON MEDITATION

The knowledge of one’s own mind is neither a religion nor philosophy. Even though contemplative traditions existed for millennia in spiritual context, the nature of one’s own mind can be explored regardless one’s religious, moral, or scientific believes. Mind cannot be directly observed from outside, therefore, we need contemplative methods to observe it from inside. Certain things are invisible just because we don’t know where to look, what to notice, and lack proper instruments. Meditation is a way to develop mental optics as well as a skill how to use it.

It's not just about experiencing special states of mind but rather about using special states to flashlight things we miss in our ordinary states. Missing not because of their absence but because we don't know where to look.

There are two principal aspects of our being seen from inside. One is the vast dimension of being. It is the space where all thoughts arise and are clearly seen. Not only thoughts, all sensations, impulses, perceptions etc. arise within the same space, thought to recognize this space it is usually easier to start with observing thoughts.

The second is the awareness which is cognizant. Cognizant not only of thoughts and other objects but also cognizant of oneself. These two — space and awareness are inseparable.


The main question of the contemplative science is whether the mind which thinks thoughts and the mind which perceives and knows these thought are two different entities or just one? Do we really have a bicameral mind where one entity is producing thoughts and the other is receiving them or the mind is a kind of Uroboros which is cognizing itself. This question is not for being answered but for being explored in one's own direct, raw, and immediate experience not contaminated by words. So, let's take the most intimate journey available to us, humans.

the space of the mind

An online course as a series of four interactive seminars that can be useful for experienced students of meditation. Scroll down to know more.

ONLINE COURSES IN RUSSIAN

A variety of courses for different levels of practice. In Russian language.

STARTING IN NEAR FUTURE

AN ADVANCED COURSE

THE SPACE OF MIND

Discovering a mental space as an experience and not as just a concept is a crucial point in contemplative practice. This is the point when the practice of meditation becomes very clear and doesn’t require too much effort. This experience is a good foundation for many advanced meditation practices.

The course is intended for experienced practitioners.

✦ recognizing mind as a sense organ

✦ discovering the movement of thoughts

✦ discovering the space where this movement occurs

✦ discovering the natural inborn awareness

This course is the continuation and the materials of the intro course are also available for the new students. Learning meditation is, in fact, a cyclic process in which we return to the same topics over and over again each time dealing with them based on deeper and broader experience, obtaining new insights from the things that already looked known and familiar. The journey inside one's own mind is infinite.

Teacher

Igor Berkhin is a long-term meditation practitioner, a Buddhist translator, and a teacher authorized by a prominent Dzogchen master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. Besides teaching in a spiritual context, he is one of the pioneers of secular mindfulness meditation in Russia who also broadly teaches around the world. His online course on meditation created for Yoga Journal in 2012 immediately attracted 7000 subscribers and is still one of the most popular online courses on meditation in the Russian language. He presented mindfulness to important think tanks in Russia and teaches meditation for the students of Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis as well as to Gestalt Psychotherapy community. One of his projects is about how to apply contemplative practices for recognizing and neutralizing psychological manipulations. He is a co-founder of the first Russian interdisciplinary conference on mindfulness as well as of the association of Russian-speaking mindfulness teachers.

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SCHEDULE

THE COURCES ARE SCHEDULED EITHER FOR EUROPEAN MORNINGS WHICH ALLOWS THE PARTICIPATION FROM THE FAR EAST AND AUSTRALIA OR FOR EUROPEAN AFTERNOONS WHICH ALLOWS THE PARTICIPATION FROM AMERICAS.



PARTICIPATION FEES

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The prices for the participants from Euro zone are in Euro, for Israel in NIS, for other countries in US$. The payment is done via PayPal. In a few days after the registration you'll receive an e-mail with a PayPal invoice.

For Israeli participants the tax of 17% is added. The payments from Israel are done by a direct money transfer to Leumi Bank, Israel.

REQUIREMENTS AND COMMUNICATION

For taking part in a class you need a quiet place where no one would disturb you, a comfortable seat (you can sit on a chair at a desk), a computer or tablet. A smartphone is also possible though it is not convenient.
If you chose an interactive mode, adjust your webcam so as the teacher could see the upper part of your body, at least a head and a chest. You need to install Zoom Meetings app and to create an account using a recognizable nickname (https://zoom.us/support/download, multiplatform).

Technical information on how to connect is in the Googledocs journal, urgent communication is done via Facebook Messenger, there's also e-mail notification from the Google calendar.
For registration, please use an e-mail that is connected to your Google account, it is necessary for having access to the course's log and archive. If your account is not registered to Google, you can do it here.
If the form is filled correctly you'll receive your answers to your e-mail.

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