Developing The Mind


The second course in the program, Developing the Mind, focuses on samādhi, or the practices of meditation. When the mind can get free of its habitual restlessness and settle down upon a chosen object of attention, with some stability and clarity, one can one begin to see what the Buddha is pointing to in his teachings. Beginning with some basic ways of looking at mental training and clarifying the difference between directed and undirected meditation, the course takes a very close look at the classical instructions for meditation found in the Establishment of Mindfulness Discourse, including its important refrain, and at all four foundations of mindfulness individually. The higher concentration practices of absorption or jhāna are examined carefully, and each of the four ‘sublime abidings’ or brahma-vihāras are also investigated thoroughly. It goes on to address the issues of skillful effort and working with mental states, and concludes with a close look at the Mettā Sutta, the well-loved discourse on how to cultivate loving kindness and the many benefits of doing so.

Single Course – $96 Complete Package – $249

Part 1 (Living With Integrity) of the Integrated Dharma Program is not a prerequisite for this course.

– Downloadable audio teachings
– Pali-to-English translations, new and updated in gender-neutral language
– Language analyses
– Guidelines for investigating and applying the teachings in your daily life

Course Fees
– $96 General student

Course Curriculum
2.1 What Is Meditation?
2.2 Directed And Undirected
2.3 Establishing Mindfulness
2.4 Mindfulness Of Body
2.5 Mindfulness Of Feeling
2.6 Mindfulness Of Mind
2.7 Mindfulness Of States-1
2.8 Mindfulness Of States-2
2.9 Jhanas 1 & 2
2.10 Jhanas 3 & 4
2.11 The Brahmavihāras
2.12 Lovingkindess & Compassion
2.13 Gladness & Equanimity
2.14 Skillful Effort
2.15 Working With Mental States
2.16 A Discourse On Lovingkindness
2.17 Summary & Conclusion

Suggested Timeline

The Integrated Dharam Program consists of three parts:

Part One: Living With Integrity

Part Two: Developing The Mind

Part Three: Deepening Wisdom

Course Reviews


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  1. Developing the Mind


    Excellent all around. This completes all three courses for me. I also enjoyed reading Unlimiting Mind and have just started Untangling Self. Thank you for all you’re doing to make the Dhamma clear and practical for today’s American needs. Looking forward to your next gift.

  2. Amazing


    Thank you Andrew for your thoughtful and thorough course. Your explanations and practice suggestions are accessible and practical. I appreciate the vast amount of time that must have gone into producing this and am grateful to have been a recipient of it.

  3. Great Course!


    The course is well throughout and planned for a simple yet deep daily practice. The integrated style gives the householder a taste of what early Buddhists did in their daily lives along their paths to the deathless. It is a sutta practice I aim to bring into my daily life. Thank you Andy.

    Looking forward to the next course!! Be well.

  4. Developing the Mind


    Very helpful as a scholarly and practical reminder of the practical core of Buddha’s teaching.

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