Orientation Day is coming and as usual I become more excited with each day counting. I volunteer as an Assistant Meditation Instructor for Willpower Institute North America, a non-profit organization that specializes in teaching Samatha Meditation. Samatha meditation is the technique used by the Forest Monks of Thailand to achieve tranquility and gain wisdom.
Each year, the six month Free Meditation Instructors Course begins with Orientation Day when the Venerable Meditation Master from Thailand, PhraDhammongolayarn Viriyang Sirantharo , speaks to new students about the 6 month course he developed as a way to achieve his vision of world peace. True to the heart of a Buddhist Monk, Luangphor does not require anyone to pay to attend the course.
Luangphor, the loving honourific by which we call PhraDhammongolayarn, is 96 and has been an ordained Monk since he was a young man of 20. It took him 20 years to translate his meditation experiences into the three text books, which form the basis of the theory portion of the course. In addition to instruction in theory, the course includes the practice of walking and sitting meditation.
Meditation increases one’s mind power which ultimately allows the meditator to exact control over the emotions, to maintain a distance from the everyday drama and chaos. It nurtures the mind, gives it the space to remember it’s true nature is love and compassion. Getting beyond the looping thoughts, past the stress of anger, resentment and greed, brings about a peace of mind that enables the meditator to move through daily life with ease and contentment. It helps to improve sleep, decision making, personal and business relationships and brightens cognitive activity.
Willpower Meditation Centres are also located in: CANADA: ALBERTA: Edmonton, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Vancouver, ONTARIO – Kanata , Richmond Hill & Niagara Falls UNITED STATES: TEXAS – Houston & Dallas, CALIFORNIA – Los Angeles. THAILAND : there are over 100 branches in Thailand. New centres have recently opened or are planned to open soon in a number of European countries, in China and in India.
I invite you to join me September 3rd at 7248 -25th St. S.E., Calgary to see for yourself how this simple meditation technique can benefit you. Click here to Register for Calgary Meditation Instructors Course 2016
Cheryle – August 2, 2016