Public Courses for beginners
The Introduction is a free one hour lecture and question/answer session designed for anyone interested in learning more about Vedic Meditation — a simple, effortless and highly beneficial practice that absolutely anyone can learn. Topics will include the technique’s origins, an overview of the mechanics of the practice itself, its benefits (including reduction of stress and an increase in energy and peace of mind), and how to learn. This talk is required before taking the full four-day course in Vedic Meditation.
Vedic Meditation is derived from the Veda, the 5,000 year old body of wisdom and source of yoga and Ayurvedic medicine.
During meditation, one experiences inner wakefulness beyond thought. Meditators describe this state as supreme inner contentment. The restfulness accompanying meditation is considerably deeper than that gained by sleeping. This profound rest allows deep-rooted stresses to dissolve naturally, bringing innumerable health benefits to the individual.
The integration of bliss consciousness and deeper levels of rest with one’s dynamic daily activity allows the meditator to become less stressed, more creative, more productive, and more adaptable to the demands of life.
Having attended our free intro session you will have the option to participate in our Beginner Meditation Course. Typically the course commences the day following the Introductory Talk and consists of four 90-minute sessions over four consecutive days. Conveniently we offer the same session twice each day to accommodate people with different schedules. The course is structured to give you ample time to learn the technique and integrate the practice of meditation into your life within those four days. The teaching format is relaxed, enjoyable, and very informative. Group sizes usually range from 3 to 10 participants. During the four days we will give you a comprehensive understanding of how Vedic meditation works and enough experience to feel competent as a meditator by the end of the course.
Once you complete the course you will gain an all access pass that allows you to repeat our program, attend our weekly knowledge meetings and monthly dinner party events (indefinitely) at no additional cost. You will also have free access to our International Network of Vedic Meditation teachers allowing the ability to gain ongoing support and guidance with your meditation practice in many cities throughout the world.
Course Fee contributions
Each student will be asked at commencement of the course to make a sliding-scale financial contribution in exchange for their instruction. This type of equitable exchange is a practice from India dating back thousands of years and is an effort on our part to maintain the purity and consistency of the teaching tradition.
The contribution for our public course is one weeks earning or 2% if your net annual income with a min of $700 and a max of $2500. We have a minimum of $700 in place to cover expenses as it’s often the least one needs on a weekly basis in order to earn a living in the cities in which we teach.
The yearly income model is an equitable guideline (only) and the decision is completely up to you based on your highest integrity.
If you’re unemployed, a student, or don’t have a regular income, payment in two installments is available to make it easier to meet the minimum- these plans are subject to approval by course administrator on a case by case basis.
In keeping with our commitement to not exclude anyone from learning on the basis of finances those unable to make a financial offering may volunteer 40 hours of documented community service with the International Red Cross prior to your meditation course and you may learn for free. You would need to contact the Red Cross in your city and make suitable arrangements. If this option appeals to you, please take advantage without hesitation. Our mission is the to help make the World a better place. This initiative is congruent with our mission.
Private course contribution is 2% of your gross annual income with a min of $2500 and a max of $5000. Contributions are made in advance of learning.
Further information on the subject of course fees from Maharishi Vyasanda. (Will Dalton's Master teacher)
I had wanted to write an essay to elucidate a subject that otherwise could be awkward and thorny. Its writing was triggered by a student, bless her heart, who cornered me after a meditators’ knowledge meeting. In addition to describing her financial challenges to meet our course fee to attend a retreat, she felt that, “anyway, it is wrong to charge money for spiritual knowledge”. You’ve all met this issue in different guises; perhaps this question has come up for you, personally.
Of course, one might know the practical explanation: “How do you expect to have expert full-time instructors if you don’t meet their costs?” etc.
Certainly it is true that teachers of Vedic meditation have costs of living and families, just as do other dedicated professionals, but there is more to our course fees than that. It is also true that we Initiators have a world plan to spread Vedic meditation and enlightenment to all who would like to learn it, and that effort costs money, so we ask that beneficiaries of meditation to contribute to that. But this, too, is not a complete picture of why we ask for a fee.
Even if a Vedic meditation teacher were personally well off and had no costs to meet, our tradition does not permit us to teach without requiring payment of a meaningful fee.
Amongst all the things a Guru teaches, one is: how to design the experiences you wish to have; how to employ the principle of reciprocity. How to offer, willingly, something precious to you in order to receive something that you will value even more.
Guru Dakshina (the Guru’s fee), as I define it below, involves an exchange of energy and information that triggers transformation in the consciousness field. It is the principle of initiating a ceremony in which you cause the flow of knowledge and heap benefit on yourself, by demonstrating to yourself and to the Guru what your intention is.
The following essay explains something of this tradition.
Love and Jai Guru Deva,
“For millennia in the Vedic tradition it has been a fundamental principle that transformational knowledge, wisdom, should be imparted to a seeker only when ideal initial conditions prevail.The knowledge of the Guru (literally, “darkness remover”) can become wisdom to a seeker, but only to the extent that the seeker’s conscious receptivity has been opened sufficiently. Without openness, a seeker may become beguiled by the power that is implicit in knowledge and merely extract select fragments of the teacher’s wisdom. Fragmented knowledge is not wisdom; as Alexander Pope wrote, “A little learning is a dangerous thing…” To make a student rich with deep wisdom, it is the Guru’s responsibility to teach only when someone is qualified to learn. In the Vedic tradition, a seeker’s conscious receptivity is correlated faithfully with a quality known as “worthy enquiry”. This is the grade of enquiry that demonstrates the student’s deserving power and openness to learning.
Worthy enquiry conveys a would-be student’s willingness to defer to the teacher’s prerequisites and instructions. When worthy enquiry is present in the student, the flow of knowledge from the Guru can become complete and unfettered, without the concern of fragmentation. One way a student demonstrates worthy enquiry is by his willingness to offer Guru Dakshina, that is, the exchange of energy and information between student and teacher that triggers transformation in the consciousness field. Guru Dakshina most frequently refers to a fee or a service that is called for by the Guru; it is the means to enliven reciprocity.
The willingness of a student to offer support to the Guru certainly is a crucial indicator of worthy enquiry. But beyond this, the offering of Guru Dakshina opens the student’s heart and mind to the field of all possibilities, making room for new knowledge to flow in.
A Vedic master, a Guru, has mastered the capacity to win the support of all the laws of nature and, therefore, always will be provided for amply. Self-sufficiency is a hallmark of enlightenment. In our tradition, it is considered to confer a great blessing -and it is an honour- when our offerings become one of the means whereby nature provides for the Guru. Usually, the Guru calls for a monetary course fee before any teaching commences. In part, this is because in a materialistic society, meaningful offerings are assessed in monetary terms. The greater the resistance to parting with money, the more powerful is a monetary offering.
To surrender money and time as an offering of Guru Dakshina has a powerful effect on the student; amongst other things, it makes the student really pay attention to what is being taught.
In addition, students are asked to demonstrate worthy enquiry by complying with a daily practice, attending set meetings, and by showing respect through listening to the Guru’s discourses and evincing observance of the Guru’s rules and guidelines. Our experience as Vedic masters is that most students do not dispute or cast aspersions on value. They willingly embrace the conditions set by the Guru for learning. These students report the largest impact of the teaching most quickly.
If one hesitates to offer or haggles over Guru Dakshina –if one cannot let go- then perhaps one considers money’s outer material buying power to be more valuable than awakening the infinite organizing power of the inner Self. Or perhaps, simply, one considers their money’s value to be greater than the Guru’s knowledge.
To a master, any of these implied attitudes would be a warning sign of a lack of worthy enquiry; teaching someone under unworthy conditions could cause the teaching to become lost to future generations.
Therefore, for our own benefit, and for the benefit of all, it is good to do our utmost to meet all the conditions set by a Guru. To do so clarifies our own intention; demonstrating our worthy enquiry stimulates the unmitigated flow of knowledge, and it brings support to oneself and to the Guru’s plan to offer enlightenment to the world.”
"Meditation is being recommended by more and more physicians prevent, slow or at least control the pain of chronic diseases like heart conditions, AIDS, cancer and infertility. It is also being used to restore balance in the face of such psychiatric disturbances as depression, hyperactivity and attention-deficit disorder (ADD). In a confluence of Eastern mysticism and Western science, doctors are embracing meditation not because they think it's hip or cool but because scientific studies are beginning to show that it works, particularly for stress-related conditions. For 30 years meditation research has told us that it works beautifully as an antidote to stress."
"Harvard's Dr. Herbert Benson and R. Keith Wallace report thaolic rate of persons engaged in meditation decreased significantly. The heart pumped less frequently; the electrical resistance of the skin, an indication of emotional tension, increased markedly, showing that the meditator was relaxed; and his body produced smaller amounts of carbon dioxide. The brain's alpha waves increased in intensity - another sign of relaxation - while less lactic acid was produced in the blood, a possible indication of reduced anxiety."
"Davidson recently tested the prefrontal activity in some volm a high-tech company in Wisconsin. One group of volunteers then received eight weeks of training in meditation, while a control group did not. All the participants also received flu shots. By the end of the study, those who had meditated showed a pronounced shift in brain activity toward the left, "happier", frontal cortex. The meditators also showed a healthier immune response to the flu shot, suggesting that the training affected the body's health as well as the mind's."
How do you practice the technique?
To meditate, you sit comfortably in a chair with your back supported and your eyes closed. And over the course of about 20 minutes you let your mind settle down to increasingly quieter levels of consciousness by utilizing the sound of a mantra. To an outside observer you will appear to be simply resting.
What's different about this technique?
Whereas many other meditation practices may require some degree of concentration, focus, or contemplation, Vedic meditation requires no activity. The technique feels natural, simple and effortless. You sit comfortably in a chair and you never have to "try" to meditate. Using the technique, the individual's awareness settles down and he or she experiences a unique state or restful alertness. As the body becomes deeply relaxed, the mind transcends all mental activity to experience the simplest form of awareness.
Do I have to change my lifestyle in order to benefit from this technique?
The technique is sequential and scientific in nature. And like yoga, Vedic Meditation can be practiced and enjoyed by anyone, regardless of cultural or religious beliefs, or lifestyle.
What if I have too many thoughts when I try to quiet my mind?
If you feel like your mind is always active, you are a perfect candidate for this technique because you don't have to "try" to stop thinking or "try" to do anything for that matter. "Trying" is actually what excites the mind and causes thinking. Vedic Meditation effortlessly settles the mind in the most natural and immediate way.
If I learn how to meditate will I lose my motivation to be successful?
No, meditators are some of the most successful people on the planet. Heads of State, captains of Industry and film & television icons practice our technique.
What kind of benefits will I get from meditating?
Meditators report experiencing deep rest, the release of stress, more energy, clearer thinking, better health, and improved personal relationships.
Here are some other notable benefits:
- Improved memory, energy, creativity, intelligence
- Relief from depression and anxiety
- Relief from migraines, headaches and asthma
- Relief from insomnia and other sleeping disorders
- Faster reaction times
- Reduced cholesterol levels
- Relief from fatigue
- Stronger immune system
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Normalization of blood pressure
- Improved sports performance
- Reduction of biological aging
- Reduced addictive behaviors
- Normalization of weight
Have these benefits been proven by science?
Yes. Over 600 scientific research studies (many of them published in top scientific journals) verify and validate the benefits of Vedic Meditation in just about every area of an individual's life including: mind, body, behavior and environment.
How much will it cost to learn meditation?
Each student will be asked at commencement of the course to make a sliding-scale financial contribution in exchange for their instruction. The contribution for our public course is 1% of your gross annual income with a min of $750 and a max of $3750. Private course contribution is 1% of your gross annual income with a min of $3750 and a max of $6000. Contributions are made in advance of learning. For those preferring not to make a financial offering you may volunteer 40 hours of documented community service with the International Red Cross and you may learn for free. Under special circumtances, it is possible to apply to have your course fee payments structured over a few months.
May I take a private course?
Yes, but you must first come to an Intro Talk, unless you are being referred by someone who has already been given private training.
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"I have been a meditator for about 12 years. It has given me ength, health, wisdom, and access to my own inner stillness, inner silence, inner bliss. It is my connection to myself; it is my connection to the universe ."
"I meditate and pray all the time. I've used it to keep myselfnd it has allowed me to move away from the storms that were in my life."
"I've been practicing most of my life. I think that does sometr nervous system. It has given me a calmness I don't think I had at 19."
"It's easy to spend a lot of time worrying and obsessing, but puts me in a blissful place."
"One of the things that impressed me so much when I finally les its simplicity. The thing that makes it effective is you don't have to do all that much, and, as a profoundly lazy person, I appreciate that." Moby
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About the Teacher
An Australian native, Will was born and raised in the beachside suburbs of Sydney.He was an early starter. At age eleven he began sailing flying elevens from Vaucluse yacht club and progressed rapidly to crewing on World famous maxi yachts, Sydney to Hobart winners, Apollo and Condor and most recently Wild Oats eleven.
At 16 he was nominated by the Cruising Yacht club of Australia as Rookie Ocean racer of the year. Championed by fitness oriented parents, Will completed the annual city to surf in 49 minutes, putting him in the top 200 runners.
Will's attention moved from sport to business and while in his teens, entering the field of stock brokerage, became a protégé of one of Australia's most colourful business magnates. By the age of 20, Will had his own real estate office, had won awards as an auctioneer and had reached the top 1% in nationwide sales. It was then that Australia's fastest growing realty firm identified him as someone worth acquiring - better as a human asset than as a competitor. Will's career in realty was successful but was not destined to define him. Having learned meditation with Maharishi Vyasanda, Will's appetite for greater knowledge in yoga and the Vedic worldview drew him to Hawaii, where he became qualified as a yoga instructor.
Will Dalton's yoga classes quickly became legendary as he grew to be one of the most sought-after yoga teachers first in New York City and then in Los Angeles. While living in New York, Will witnessed the infamous terrorist attacks of 11th of September, 2001, and convinced his friend and meditation teacher, Maharishi Vyasananda, to come out of retirement to teach meditation where it was most needed: at the epicentre of a city recovering from trauma and havoc. The benefit that meditation brought to the need of the time convinced Will to continue to organize courses his teacher in Los Angeles, and then to become a teacher himself. He completed his training as a Meditation Initiator (instructor) in April 2005, in Rishikesh, in the Indian Himalayas.
Ten years later Will is one of the World's most sought after meditation instuctors and spiritual teachers. He travels between Los Angeles, New York and Australia and clientele include, well known film and television personalities, heads of motion picture studios and CEO's of Fortune 500 companies.
Will is committed the idea that peace on Earth is possible and will be created from the inside out through more and more people learning and practicing meditation.
Primary Contact Information
USA Phone: +1 212-380-6457
Australia Phone +61 415 935-233
7/8 Jacques Ave,
Bondi Beach Sydney N.S.W. 2026