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Introduction to Buddhist Meditation: Mindfulness and Lovingkindness
Dates: Mar 10, 2022 - Apr 14, 2022
Online Course

Instructor(s): Rachel Lewis

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Buddhist traditions have understood meditation to be one of the core elements of the path to awakening. Today, scientists, health-care professionals, and many people learning mindfulness practices have come to recognize that meditation can help bring more ease and wellbeing into our lives. With all the different techniques and approaches out there it can be hard to know how to get started. In this course we'll go step-by-step through the things you need to develop or strengthen your meditation practice, including:

* finding a suitable posture for meditation

* understanding the things that stand in the way of a daily practice 

* bringing mindfulness into daily-life activities

* practicing different meditation techniques including mindfulness, concentration, and lovingkindness

This six-week course will be held on Zoom and will include instruction, question and reflection sessions, guided meditations, and interactions in small breakout groups.

Online Course: This course will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. 

 Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online programs. When registering for this course, please plan to attend as many sessions as possible. The schedule of the course (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

 Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:00 pm EST between March 10 and April 14

Meeting Dates: March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14

 Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.

Registration fees for online courses are nonrefundable after the course start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the course will incur a $25 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.


As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.

  • Rachel Lewis began practicing insight meditation in 2003, while completing her physics PhD at Yale. Since 2011, she has taught dharma and meditation classes and retreats in British Columbia and beyond. She completed the IMS/IRC 4-year teacher training in 2021, and is a guiding teacher of the British Columbia Insight Meditation Society. Her dharma teaching interests include the power of music, humour, and creativity to increase our capacity for learning, as well as the way that practice supports and is supported by social justice work.