Waking Up: Stepping From Delusion to Freedom In This Very Life

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Waking Up: Stepping From Delusion to Freedom in This Very Life (Starts Sep 30)

The aim of all Buddhist practice is to bring about freedom from suffering. We can free ourselves from much, but not all, of our suffering by becoming more ethical, more mindful, and more compassionate. “Becoming a better person,” however, isn’t enough.

To find true happiness we have to radically change the way we see ourselves and our relation with the world. This change comes about by developing insight, so that we appreciate the impermanent and interconnected nature of our being.

Course benefits

On this event you will learn to:

  • Look deeply at the nature of your experience
  • Observe and accept the fact that everything within your experience is in a constant state of change
  • Embrace the interconnectedness of your being
  • Examine the nature of your experience in order to see through the illusion of self
  • Find deep stillness and peace in the midst of a turbulent and ever-changing world

Course format

With clear, practical and down-to-earth instruction, this course will help you to transform the way you see yourself and your life. You’ll receive:

  • Guidance in the form of 60 emails from Bodhipaksa, containing reflections and meditation instructions.
  • The emails come at your pace: you click on a link in the most recent email to trigger the next
  • Links to eleven guided meditation recordings, ranging from 15 to 50 minutes, and averaging 20–25 minutes.
  • Access to an online community where you can share your experiences, ask questions, and receive support and encouragement.

This event is suitable for people with an established meditation practice, including a familiarity with mindfulness of breathing and lovingkindness meditations.

What other participants have said

  • “A big thank you for your current insight series. It’s my first with you — and I and my spouse are finding that it’s really catching fire for us. We read your message aloud each day prior to 30 minutes of vipassana meditation.” Scott B.
  • “Really helpful and utterly challenging! May we each treat ourselves and others with gentle compassion and kind patience on this journey…” Kathy M.
  • “Thank you Bodhipaksa. Brilliant summary of ways to insight.” Padmavajri A.
  • “Thanks for the support and challenges. I love the way that mostly what comes is timely and appropriate.” Vicki C.

About Our Donations Policy

Our courses do not have a fixed charge because we want to allow people on lower incomes to participate, and to allow people the freedom to contribute more if they feel so inspired. We also want to get away from the impression we are "selling" meditation. What we do is closer to the traditional model where spiritual teachers are supported by donations.

We do have suggested contribution amounts based on income levels. These amounts take into account how much we need to earn in order to cover cost-of-living expenses and other running costs, including webhosting, our email hosting, bookkeeping, and so on. If you can, please contribute at or above the suggested level.

About the instructor

Bodhipaksa has been practicing Buddhist meditation for over 30 years, and teaching for around 25 years. He formerly taught meditation in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Montana, and ran a thriving retreat center in the Scottish Highlands. He is the author of more than a dozen books and audiobooks, and has been published in six languages. In 2000 he founded Wildmind, an online meditation center. He has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist order since 1993. He is originally from Scotland, but now lives in New Hampshire. He has two children.


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