Learn to Meditate

Meditation Training Course - Winnipeg - 2014 - Oct. 25 & Nov. 1

Type: Training course in meditation
City: Winnipeg, MB
Dates: Saturday October 25 and Saturday November 1, 2014
Format: Two Saturdays. A total of fourteen hours of training.
Times: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. both days
Price: $150.00. Scholarships are available. Continuing student policy applies.
Location: New location: Klinic Community Health Centre on Broadway
Address: 545 Broadway Ave., Second floor.
Enter by back door off parking lot.
Directions: Map link
Bus information
Contact: Register in advance by email or telephone.
Additional Information: Parking is limited to ten stalls and neighbouring streets are metered. If you are parking on site, please only use the stalls on the side of the lot adjacent to the house. The other side is rented spaces.
On each day of the training bring something to lie on such as a thin air mattress, folded blankets, foam mat or thick yoga mat(s). Also bring a throw or blanket and a shallow pillow. There are decent chairs available or you can bring your own chair, if you desire.
Lunch is not provided. You are free to bring a lunch to eat on site or you can go out during a one-hour lunch break. There are restaurants in the neighbourhood. Kitchen facilities are limited to a fridge and microwave.
Dress comfortably.
Snacks and teas will be available but you are free to bring your own refreshments.
Please, no scents.
Please Note: Dates are confirmed.

Meditation Training Course - Winnipeg - 2015 - Apr. 18 & 25

Type: Training course in meditation
City: Winnipeg, MB
Dates: Saturday April 18 and Saturday April 25, 2015
Format: Two Saturdays.
A total of fourteen hours of training.
Times: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days
Price: $175.00. Scholarships are available. Continuing student policy applies.
Price includes a course book — The Path of Meditation: Principles and Practice by Jack Risk
Location: New Location: 881 Ingersoll St.
Address: Fifth house south of Sargent. Blue and white house on east (left).
Parking faces south so come south from Sargent.
Directions: Click for map.
Click for bus route information.
Click to access bus timetable webpage.
Contact: Register in advance by email or telephone.
Additional Information:

On each day of the training bring something to lie on such as a thin air mattress, folded blankets, foam mat or thick yoga mat(s). Also bring a throw or blanket and a shallow pillow. Dress comfortably. If you use a chair at home for meditation, you are free to bring it along.

Lunch is not provided. You can bring a lunch to eat on site or you can go out during a one-hour lunch break. There are two decent Vietnamese restaurants in the neighbourhood and a couple of less attractive options. Snacks and teas will be available but you are free to bring your own refreshments.

Check the weather reports to prepare for outdoor activities.

Please, no scents.

Please Note: Dates are confirmed

Meditation Training Course - Winnipeg - 2015 - Sept. 26 & Oct. 3

Type: Training course in meditation
City: Winnipeg, MB
Dates: Saturday September 26 and October 3, 2015
Format: Two Saturdays.
A total of fourteen hours of training.
Times: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. both days
Price: $175.00. Scholarships are available. Continuing student policy applies.
Price includes a copy of The Path of Meditation: Principles and Practice by Jack Risk
Location: St. Matthew's West End Commons, basement hall
Address: 641 St Matthews Ave., Winnipeg
Directions: Map link
Map of Winnipeg Transit bus stops
Contact: Register in advance by email or telephone.
Additional Information: On each day of the training bring something to lie on such as a thin air mattress, folded blankets, foam mat or thick yoga mat(s).
Also bring a throw or blanket and a shallow pillow.
Dress comfortably.
If you use a chair at home for meditation, you are free to bring it along.
Lunch is not provided. You can bring a lunch to eat on site or you can go out during a one-hour lunch break.
Please, no scents.
Please Note: Dates are to be confirmed

Meditation Training Course - Winnipeg - 2016 - Apr. 2 & 9 — Cancelled

Type: Training course in meditation
City: Winnipeg, MB
Dates: Saturday April 2 and Saturday April 9, 2016
Format: Two Saturdays.
A total of fourteen hours of training.
Times: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. both days
Price: $175.00. Scholarships are available. Continuing student policy applies.
Price includes a copy of The Path of Meditation: Principles and Practice by Jack Risk
Location: St. Matthew's West End Commons, basement hall
Address: 641 St Matthews Ave., Winnipeg
Directions: Map link
Map of Winnipeg Transit bus stops
Contact: Register in advance by email or telephone.
Additional Information: On each day of the training bring something to lie on such as a thin air mattress, folded blankets, foam mat or thick yoga mat(s).
Also bring a throw or blanket and a shallow pillow.
Dress comfortably.
If you use a chair at home for meditation, you are free to bring it along.
Lunch is not provided. You can bring a lunch to eat on site or you can go out during a one-hour lunch break.
Please, no scents.
Please Note: Dates are to be confirmed

What You Will Learn in Meditation Training

  • Meditation will be taught to persons who have been practicing qigong for several months and who have derived healing benefit from a stable and committed practice. Contact Jack Risk to discuss your readiness for meditation training.
  • Each scheduled training event provides a total of fourteen hours of training.
  • Jack Risk provides ongoing support in the form of weekly practice groups and occasional retreats.

1. How to Meditate: A Practical Approach to Succeeding in Your Meditating

Four Classic Postures of Meditation

    1. Sitting Meditation
    2. Standing Meditation
    3. Walking Meditation
    4. Reclining Meditation

Using Qigong Movements for Meditation

  • The internal dimension of the movements
  • Additional movements for establishing meditative presence

Essential Skills for Meditation

  • Deep relaxation
  • Bodily awareness
  • Detachment from thoughts, emotions and states of mind
  • Letting go
  • The method of no method

2. Principles of Meditation

Bases of Meditation

  • Virtues that support meditation
  • Meditation as the investigagtion of the self
  • Levels of consciousness
  • Clearing the mind of obstructions
  • Calming the mind and engaging fundamental wisdom
  • Liberated mind: working toward emptiness and suchness

3. Practical Aspects of Meditation

  • Dealing with thoughts and emotions
  • Dealing with resistance
  • Dealing with confusion and false expectations
  • Advanced techniques

4. Helpful Information on Integrating Meditation into Your Life

  • Ordinary mind
  • Stages in advancement
  • Establishing and maintaining a daily meditation practice

Purposes of Meditation

The benefits of meditation are being clearly demonstrated by scientific research. Such benefits include:

  • a lasting reduction in the effects of stress
  • an increased ability to focus and concentrate
  • increased clarity of thinking
  • freedom from negative thoughts and emotions
  • increased learning capacity and memory
  • greatly enhanced wellbeing and peacefulness

Ongoing Support for Meditation Practitioners

Practice Groups

Weekly Practice Groups are available to help you keep learning. These are free to anyone who has studied CFQ with Jack Risk or any other certified CFQ instructor.

Intensive Meditation Retreats

On an occasional basis meditation retreats will be offered. Costs will be kept to a minimum to encourage participation.

Retreats afford a concentrated period of time to develop your meditative skills, gain experience in working toward Presence and build relationships with fellow CFQers. Retreats are special opportunities to change your life and move forward in your healing and spiritual journey.

Meditation Practice Aids Page on this Website

A large collection of resources is made available to CFQ meditators in a password-protected area on this website. This archive includes:

  • videos of postures and movements
  • written instructions
  • articles on meditation by Master Yap
  • sets of notes on Master Yap's teachings on technique, principles, concepts
  • Master Yap's suggestions for overcoming obstacles and making progress
  • collections of Zen readings and other sources of encouragement
  • materials on the development of one's abilities as a healer of others

It is Jack's intention to continue to increase the contents of the Practice Aids page in order to provide you with support and encouragement as you grow in your meditation practice.

Advantages of this Approach to Meditation

Many people encounter frustration when they try to learn to meditate. Because you will have spent time doing qigong before learning meditation your healing will have been under way already. You will have made progress in resolving emotional and physical barriers. The mind will have calmed considerably. As a result, learning to meditate is made easier and more effective.

You will be provided with a range of methods and techniques that are direct and practical. By being taught to use body awareness to anchor your meditation, you will make quick progress in achieving Presence. This will allow you to shift out of the thinking mind, into the spiritual realm.

Other schools of meditation often teach various forms of concentration or focused awareness. However, such methods are unlikely to help your mind free itself from dominating thoughts and emotions. Following the breath or monitoring awareness, as is taught in many approaches to meditation, can provide only limited access to the spiritual. With Presence, on the other hand, you will be able to explore the truth of what lies deep within.

Meditation works directly on the connection between the spirit and the mind-body. You will learn a powerful means of karmic cleansing—the releasing of memories or stored information that have accumulated within the body as a result of prior experience. You will gain skill in identifying the sources of disharmony and clearing disease-causing blockages on the physiological, psychological and spiritual levels. By learning the skills of deep relaxation and detachment your mind will become less reactive and more responsive. You will begin to enjoy the benefits of equanimity.

Eventually, one is able to calm the mind and achieve meditative stillness. One perceives things as they really are ("suchness") and begins to appreciate the boundarilessness and freedom of all things ("emptiness"). The path to peace and insight is opened up.

Meditation has the potential to bring about real changes in your self and to free the mind from habitual or conventional patterns of thought. You can expect that your life circumstances will begin to alter as a result of your meditation practice. Becoming a meditator will help you sort out difficulties in the rest of your life.

Combining the dynamic qigong movements with quiescent qigong meditative practices will provide you with everything you need to advance in health and spiritual awareness.

To Register for Meditation Training

Qigong training first

  • Jack would like to teach you qigong before you register for meditation.
  • The qigong will prepare the body. Generally, a person should maintain a daily qigong practice for at least six months then register for meditation.

Register in advance

  • By email or telephone.
  • Payment in advance is appreciated.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • Dates for trainings are tentative until confirmed.

Repeating Levels Policy

As a continuing student you will receive a 50% discount when you repeat any level. Repeating levels is encouraged—the benefits are tangible. Even though you will be fully equipped to establish a daily CFQ practice after a single training, repeating a level will help you understand and absorb aspects of CFQ more deeply and to deepen and further refine your practice.

What People Say

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia over a year ago after suffering debilitating chronic pain, sleep disturbance and fatigue for over 2 years. I have always been a positive, active person and this diagnosis changed my world. I stopped working and enjoying activities that I had participated in my entire life. After many different doctors, medications and alternative therapies I was referred to Jack. I have participated in both Level 1 and Level 2 training sessions and they have changed my life. Jack is very passionate about qigong and compassionate about each person he works with. After several months of daily practice and weekly visits to see Jack for one-on-one healing sessions, I can truly say that I control my fibromyalgia and it no longer controls me. I am now weaning myself from medications that came with side effects and planning to return to my job. Qigong has helped my pain, my stress and my sleep and I will be forever grateful to have found it. Thank you, Jack.

- Lana Thorarinson

Contact

(204) 298-8586

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Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada