This website contains a wide variety of Buddhist teachings, techniques and resources intended as guides for those with a sincere interest in mental cultivation. When engaged in with skill, Buddhist meditation practices really can teach us how to become more mindful and wise. In the process, these brighter qualities naturally lead us away from pain, confusion and fear.
The audio readings and talks contained here are offered as an expression of gratitude for the benefit I have derived from the Buddha's liberating teachings. My trust in these teachings and training gives me confidence that with gentle, consistent effort others can benefit similarly.
Throughout Peace Beyond Suffering, consideration is given to presenting these teachings in a systematic manner. Quite naturally, people will come to the website with differing interests, experience, levels of commitment and so on. Any single talk or presentation might prove to be “just the thing” for someone at this time. However, it's generally understood that Buddhist practice really takes root when, so to speak, the soil has been carefully prepared.
For those with a keen interest in meditation and mental cultivation, therefore, I have written a few words to give some orientation to, or overview, of the contents of this site. So to learn something of how to go about using this collection of Buddhist teaching resources methodically please read on...
Who are these Teachings & Meditations intended for?
Whenever I return to Australia, the country of my birth, or visit communities and friends in other parts of the world, it always strikes me how busy peoples lives are “out there.” Many people are interested in meditation, but somehow do not make the time to attend a retreat or do the necessary study to feel confident enough to begin. Many others have actually attended some retreats and have been diligent in their practice at times, but find that their practice seems to simply fall away after a while. Others have studied several different schools of Buddhism and find themselves feeling confused.
The Guided Meditations, Readings and Teachings presented on this website were produced to support new meditators to learn and practice meditation disciplines right where they are, without having to go anywhere else. Much of the material is also intended to support more experienced meditators who are seeking to either deepen the practice or re-establish focus as well. Sometimes it can also be helpful for experienced practitioners to review the basics and “start again.”
What is presented here and how might you relate to it
First, I need to note that these techniques and approaches are central practices in the meditation lineage of Theravada Buddhism and have their origin in the earliest teachings of the Buddha. These are practices which lead to insight and to liberation.
To date, most of what is presented here has been uploaded from a series of six Collections of teachings and/or guided meditations. The teachings in each Collection have been conceived as part of a progressive training. For beginners I have developed the Six Collections as a single training series to be used, ideally, in the order in which they have been presented. This is especially true, with regard to the first two collections. The progression of material within each of these Collections builds upon itself. I do believe that you will find it most beneficial to engage with these collections in sequence.