Lesson series

Welcome to a Calm Place

Level 100 | Living
Wednesdays, June 5th to July 10th, 5-5:45 PM PDT

All videos are recorded, allowing you to view them at your convenience.

Free cancellation after first class
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This course contains an introduction to calmness meditation, the basis for insight into the experience. All of us experience periods in which we seem to lose control, almost as if external events require us to respond in various ways. Calmness meditation is a key life skill here, allowing more control and flexibility in our range of responses. This is the subject of a series of six eight half-hour classes, entitled ‘Welcome to a Calm Place’, in which a set of simple three-minute daily exercises introduce the state of calm. In learning to manage our habit of reacting reflexively to external events, we find a more spacious way of living and create a platform to generate a more creative way of life.


Classes meet online for six weeks, for forty five minutes each week, and an optional half hour of questions. Classes are recorded and accessible for six months. Each week, there will be a short lecture and practice followed by a discussion.

Weekly Topics

Week 1: Introducing Concentration with a Candle
Week 2: Distinguishing Vitaka from Vicara with Bell
Week 3: Working with the Breath
Week 4: White Ball
Week 5: Traveling with the Ball
Week 6: White and Red Balls

Readings From

Three Minutes a Day: A Fourteen-Week Course to Learn Meditation and Transform Your Life by Richard Dixey

Senior Instructor

Dr. Richard Dixey

Richard Dixey holds a Ph.D. from London University, an M.A. with distinction in the history and philosophy of science from London University, and a B.A. Hons from Oxford. He was director of the Bioelectronic Research Unit at St Bartholomew's hospital in London for fourteen years before founding and becoming the Chief Executive of Phytopharm PLC, a biotechnology company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Richard has been a student of Buddhism since 1972 and has traveled extensively in the Himalayas, India and South East Asia. He is currently an advisor to the Khyentse Foundation.