Thanyapura Mind Centre Sport Mindfulness Programs
- Improve performance under pressure
- Reduce and manage stress, anxiety and fear
- Increase focus & reduce distraction
- Reduce the impact of mental fatique on performance
- Learn to maintain motivation over long periods of time
- Create the foundations for attaining “flow”
Shamatha and the Four Immeasurables
Each year Thanyapura Mind Centre holds two eight-week intensive training programmes in the practices of shamatha and the four immeasurables. The Sanskrit term “shamatha” refers to an array of meditative practices designed to enhance one’s attentional and meta cognitive abilities. Three methods will be highlighted during these training programmes; mindfulness of breathing, observing the mind, and awareness of awareness. Training in the Four Immeasurables is comprised of the meditative cultivation of loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. The physiological and psychological effects of this combined training are being scientifically studied in the 'Shamatha Project,' co-sponsored by the University of California, Davis, and the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies.
Cultivating Emotional Balance Teachers’ Training Course
In 2000, psychologist Paul Ekman and Buddhist scholar and contemplative B. Alan Wallace devised a 42-hour training programme called Cultivating Emotional Balance, which has been scientifically studied by a joint effort from the University of California, San Francisco and the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. This training programme draws from meditative practices in the Buddhist tradition, focusing on the cultivation of attention, meta cognition, mindfulness, empathy, and compassion, combined with evidence-based methods drawn from modern psychology focusing on the cultivation of emotional regulation and mindfulness.
The six-week training for those wishing to become qualified instructors of this programme includes theoretical and practical instruction in the meditative and psychological aspects of this programme. Visit the Cultivating Emotional Balance website.