3 students


To reflect on ways we listen to ourselves and others in order to consider how listening relates to our practice

To develop our capacity to listen to ourselves and others simultaneously in the context of teaching meditation

To learn and practice the qualities of receptive listening

Materials Relevant to this Module:

Handout: Qualities of Receptive Listening

Video of student’s talking about their sittings:
Linda and Nelly on Zoom

Audio Prompts:
Daily Meditation
Alive Practice

Articles from Resources:
Some Definitions of Mindfulness, Rupert Gethin
Dharma Gift (Advice on Teaching the Dharma without Force), Luang Paw as presented by Venerable Ajahn Chah
Questions For My Practice, Anna Markey

Some Definitions of Mindfulness

Rupert Gethin

The Buddhist technical term was first translated as ‘mindfulness’ by T.W. Rhys Davids in 1881. Since then various authors have attempted definitions of what precisely is meant by mindfulness. Initially these were based on readings and interpretations of ancient Buddhist texts. Beginning in the 1950s some definitions of mindfulness became more informed by the actual practice of meditation. In particular, Nyanaponika’s definition appears to have had significant influence on the definition of mindfulness adopted by those who developed MBSR and MBCT.

Found in: A Handful of Leaves

First published in: Contemporary Buddhism, Vol. 12, No. 1, May 2011, 17 pgs.


Dharma Gift (Advice on Teaching the Dharma without Force)

Luang Paw as presented by Venerable Ajahn Chah

People have levels of receptive ability and when you are there at the same level it just happens. The Buddha had an ability to know other being’s temperament and receptive ability.


Questions For My Practice

Anna Markey

A list of 23 questions appropriate for meditators in a self-directed reflective practice. These questions are also appropriate for teacher/student discussion. (1 pg)

For Example:

What has changed in my life that has affected my practice and visa versa?

What have I become tolerant of over time, in myself or others?

Do I have preferences for a certain mind state/mind states etc.


Qualities of Receptive Listening

Linda Modaro and Nelly Kaufer

A list of 10 qualities that describe receptive listening including (1 pg):

Open-minded: – Assisting the, development of tolerance for a variety of states

Discerning: – Comparing states of mind, relationship to experience

Encouraging: – Desire to support the meditator to stay close to their experience, in finding their own direction and authority, awareness and validation of their efforts