In-Depth Online Course: Introduction to Meditation

Learning and Using the Eight-Point Program of Passage Meditation

This course will give you everything you need to start your practice of the eight-point program of passage meditation.

45 days

This newly designed six-week online course will give you everything you need to start your practice of meditation, with interaction and support all along the way!

We’ll get to the heart of the instructions through readings and video talks from Eknath Easwaran, the founder of passage meditation. Our BMCM presenters are long-time passage meditators who have completed a five-year training program, and you’ll see videos in which they explain aspects of the practice. Passage meditators from our international community also share their examples of how passage meditation helps them through all the ups and downs of life.

We know that setting up and sustaining a meditation practice can be quite a challenge, so we’ll be giving you everything you need to succeed. The presenters will be happy to answer your questions and keep you motivated through a discussion forum and a live chat. The forum gives you an opportunity to discuss your questions and experiences, and meet others on this path.

You can participate as much or as little as you like in all aspects of the course. To get the most benefits from the course, we recommend that you spend 30–60 minutes per week on the course content, and start a daily or regular meditation practice as soon as possible.

By the end of the course you’ll have

  • Experienced the benefits of this practice for yourself, including a calmer mind.
  • Gained a firm foundation that will help you sustain your meditation.
  • Met other people who are on this path, giving you spiritual fellowship and inspiration.
  • Chosen a mantram, and seen how regular use can help you steady your mind.
  • Tried out all eight points so you can draw on the benefits of meditation throughout your day.

Each week covers a different topic.

Week One: Learn how and why passage meditation works; study and memorize a passage; try it out at home.

Week Two: Set up a regular meditation practice; experience the benefits.

Week Three: Learn how to choose and use a mantram.

Week Four: Learn about the points “Slowing Down” and “One-Pointed Attention.”

Week Five: Learn about the points “Putting Others First” and “Training the Senses.”

Week Six: Learn about the points “Spiritual Reading” and “Spiritual Fellowship”; create a plan for integrating what you learned.

The course is designed for you to spend 30–60 minutes per week on watching videos, reading, and trying out experiments. We also encourage you to start a daily meditation practice, and each meditation session is 30 minutes. The course will be accessible for three weeks after it ends.

The standard fee is $40; the sliding scale is between $0 and $75.

You can pay the price that seems right for you. The standard fee covers the cost of the program. If that’s more than you can afford, don’t hesitate to choose a lower fee. and feel free to choose a higher fee if you’d like to make a donation (thank you!).

We depend on donations to cover over 10% of our programs costs, and over 40% of our operating costs in the BMCM. Each dollar paid over the standard fee is a tax-deductible contribution to the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. We keep all donations and fee payments confidential.

We'd be happy to refund your fee in full if you find that this course isn't for you. Due to administrative reasons, we're unable to refund donations.

All are welcome. There are no prerequisites.