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Zen Meditation for Modern Living

Practitioner level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to practice Zen Meditation for Modern Living
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Become a Registered BSY Zen Meditation Practitioner

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Zen is the Japanese word for ‘dhyana’ in Sanskrit, meaning meditation.  Zen emphasises sitting, moving and walking meditations as the very best way to gain awareness, to see the real you and to see life as it really is. This course will help you gain an awareness of life, awareness of difficulties and blessings, to change your way of looking at everyday life and ultimately change your mind and your thought patterns. It is recommended that this course be used as an adjunct to Meditation Teacher.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • ‘What is It?’
      • Brief History
      • The Mind
      • Soil in the Jar
      • Keeping the Water Clear
      • Who are You?
      • Reality and Perception
      • Infinity
      • The Truth
      • Wearing Sandals
      • Not the Product, But the Process
      • Changing Perceptions
      • Finally
  • Lesson Two
    • ‘Don’t Just Do Something – Stand There!’
      • Introduction
      • Baka
      • The Need to Practise
      • Preparing for Meditation
      • Doubt Statements
      • Dealing with the Five Hindrances
      • Boredom
      • Everything Is Within
      • Learn to Dance on a Shifting Carpet
      • What is the Mind?
      • A Meditation Method
      • Finally
  • Lesson Three
    • Diving More Deeply!
      • Just Words!
      • A Meditation Method (Part Two)
      • Thinking Deeply
      • Everyday Life
      • Mind Exploring is Good for You!
      • Why Mantra?
      • And Finally
  • Lesson Four
    • Extending the Practice
      • Conscious Living
      • Instincts/Intuition
      • Dealing with Problems
      • Walking in the Open Air – Observing Nature
      • Wherever You Are, There You Are
      • What is This?  What is It?
      • Daily Rules/Daily Routines
      • Remembering, Repeating, Working Through
      • Zen is Practical
      • No Attachments
      • Slow Down
      • Our Fears
      • Silence
      • And Finally
  • Lesson Five
    • Extending the Practice (Continued)
      • Stillness in Movement – Movement in Stillness
      • Meditation is Stillness – Zen is Stillness
      • Just Be-ing!
      • Listen to Life
      • Coffee Break!
      • Make Emptiness your Friend
      • Let it Be
      • Have a Moment (Second Coffee Break)
      • Becoming a Peacock
      • And Finally
  • Lesson Six
    • Nothing is too Wonderful to be True!
      • Life Happens – Deal with It!
      • Experience Comes from Conscious Living
      • Heavy Luggage
      • Losing the Labels
      • Awareness
  • Lesson Seven
    • Facing Up to your Greatest Enemies
      • Experience Is All
      • Perception Problems
      • The Conditioned Mind
      • Who is to Blame?
      • Using Your Mind
      • Problem-Solving
      • Quality of Life
      • Patterns
      • The Zen Way
  • Lesson Eight
    • Just Imagine
      • And Finally

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.