New to meditation?
- Watch our new four-part "Introduction to Meditation” video series, taught by senior teacher, Tara Brach to help you get started.
- Read our "How to Meditate brochure" and listen to the recorded guided meditations by our senior teachers as you develop a regular sitting meditation practice.
- Listen to our 10-minute guided meditation on days when you don’t have enough time for a longer sit.
- Listen to any of our extensive collection of audio dharma (teaching talks) and learn how to move through your day with increased compassion and peace.
- Locate a sangha (community) in your area and attend sittings to help you develop a regular meditation practice and to develop connections to the meditation community. Search under "insight meditation," "vipassana meditation," or even "meditation meet-up groups" in your area, and you will probably find one or more groups already meeting.
Deepening your practice?
- Listen to IMCW dharma talks offered by senior and nationally-known guest teachers.
- Many podcasts by Vipassana teachers are available through Dharmaseed.org. Download and listen to some!
- Join a virtual Spiritual Friends/KM group, meeting biweekly with like-minded people via the web (Skype, etc.)
- Start your own sitting group if you have not found a local sangha. Many people find that sitting with a group for even ½-hour each week is helpful to their practice.
- Peruse our residential retreat calendar and join us for a weekend or even a week of restorative silence and inspirational dharma talks by our most experienced teachers and specially invited guest teachers.
- Apply to work with a trained mentor: some of our mentors are available through Skype, a free phone service. You just need a computer with a built-in microphone. Mentors are experienced meditators trained to support you on your path of practice.
- Arrange periodic talks with a teacher to get support and advice on deepening practice. Some of our teachers are available on Skype.
- Dive into our Resources page, which suggests many books and CDs available to new and experienced meditators.
- Become an engaged Buddhist—volunteer in your local community. There are many peace and justice groups led by Buddhists, or you can volunteer for your local soup kitchen or find other ways to bring mindfulness and peace to your community.
We hope these suggestions are helpful. Please contact us
if you have any questions!