Recognizing Awareness


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Course opens on July 21

Who can take this course?

  • (Online) Students who have completed all three courses of Joy of Living Level 1 with the accompanying homework (total: 50 hrs), as well as Joy of Living Level 2 Course 1 (total: 12.5 hrs)
  • (In person) Students who have attended a Joy of Living Level 1 in-person weekend workshop or retreat and completed a total of 50 hours of formal meditation practice, as well as the online Joy of Living Level 2 Course 1 (total: 12.5 hrs)

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This course is designed to take about six weeks, but feel free to learn at your own pace.


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Opening the Heart



Basic goodness—the simple fact that you are, right here, right now, as complete, whole, and perfect as you could ever hope to be—is already present within you. This nature of yours is imbued with the fundamental wish to be free from suffering, seen and unseen. Through cultivation of compassion for yourself and others, basic goodness and its qualities will naturally shine forth. All you have to do is recognize it and strengthen the recognition through practice.

In this course, you will learn about and meditate on compassion, the second of the four immeasurables. This set of practices forms the basis for understanding how to relate skillfully and supportively to the suffering you and others are facing. Just as with love, you will learn these practices iteratively, beginning with sending compassion to yourself and then extending it to include others. During this course, Mingyur Rinpoche will share a range of strategies for opening your heart and applying the practice of compassion in both formal meditation and everyday life.


  • Video teachings by Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Personal tips from course guides Kell Julliard and Antonia Sumbundu
  • Guided meditations
  • Instructions for practicing in daily life
  • Targeted readings
  • Reflection questions and a practice journal
  • Interactive quizzes to enhance your learning
  • Live webinars with course guides
  • Discussion forum


  • (View) The essence of compassion and how you can connect with it at any time
  • (Meditation) To meditate on compassion in a step-by-step manner, including yourself, loved one, neutral person, difficult person, and eventually all beings
  • (Application) To apply the practice of compassion in your daily life

Introduction to Compassion

In this short video, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche explains …

About this Course

Have you ever felt a need to calm the mind and learn how to better deal with everyday stress, anxiety, and difficult emotions?. This course offers step-by-step instructions and guidance to calm your mind by recognizing awareness.

You will find practical instructions that will help you to experience the radiant purity of awareness and to stabilize this experience and integrate it with every aspect of our lives. Awareness is the essence of meditation and recognizing awareness allows the mind to ‘cool’ down and return to its natural condition of peace.

Discussion Forum

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Course Webinars

The webinars are a great way to meet with the course guides, ask questions about meditation, and share our experience with other meditators. We welcome your live questions during the webinars.

In order to attend a webinar, you will need to sign up first. To find your local time for each webinar, click the Sign Up link and then select “Show in My Time Zone” on the registration page.

If you are unable to attend live, recordings of each webinar will be posted here for you to download.

Visit Gotowebinar’s online guide for more information on joining webinars and to check your system’s compatibility

At the moment, there are no webinars for the course. We will soon notify you when they are available.

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