As a meditation teacher, many people ask my opinion about online courses. And I’ll be up front about it, a lot of them are woefully inadequate. However, there are also some excellent courses run by highly respected gurus like Tara Brach and Sharon Salzberg.
To help you make the best choice, I’ve compiled this list of my recommended courses.
Recommended Meditation Courses
Mind And Body Are One, With Thich Nhat Hanh
I loved this online meditation course, which is available on Udemy. It’s a series of lectures presented by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Hanh is one of the most highly respected teachers of all time and the founder of Plum Village. He’s also the writer of some of the exceptional meditation books.
The course shows you how to practice mindfulness in everyday life, and also discusses the dharma (Buddha’s teachings) and the Four Noble Truth.
For me, what makes this one of the best courses is Thich Nhat Hanh himself. And I will be honest, I am a huge fan of his so I might be biased. But he is one of the most revered Zen mindfulness teachers for a reason. I persoanlly found his lectures inspiring, especially his speech on the Four Noble Truths.
Now let me be honest with you. This course is overpriced and I don’t like the fact that Udemy is charging so much. I mean, you can take private lessons for far less than this course costs. However, if you can afford it, I do recommend it.
MBSR Meditation Course with Jon Kabat Zinn
This is the official training course of Jon Kabat Zinn, one of the most influential Western meditation teachers of all time. It is based on the MBSR course that Zinn designed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
I actually teach Body Scan a lot in my online lessons, and I do find it to be a very beneficial practice. It’s a type of meditation in which we scan our consciousness around the body, which is known to reduce stress.
As well as Body Scan the course covers other elements of mindfulness, all with the aim of helping participants to reduce stress, anxiety, and pain.
You can take the course here.
Sharon Salzberg Heart of Intention Course
Sharon Salzberg is one of the foremost teachers of Loving Kindness Meditation (Metta) along with other compassion-based meditations like Tonglen and Karuna.
In the week-long Heart of Intention course, Salzberg helps us to tap into our intentions in such a way that we can act in productive, enlightened ways.
I personally love Sharon Salzberg for all the work that she has done on Metta. And trust me, any of her courses are well worth your consideration.
The recommended price for the course is $29.99, which is a lot cheaper than other courses.
For me, Sharon Salzberg represents kindness and I can feel that loving energy from her every time I take her courses.
Take the course here.
Living with Vulnerability with Pema Chodron
Pema Chodron is a leading figure in Buddhist meditation and the author of many of the best meditation books in the world. So it’s no surprise she produced one of the top meditation courses in Living With Vulnerability.
In this truly elucidating course, Chodron reveals ways in which we can “lean into vulnerability”, ways to work with the challenges in our lives instead of being so frightened of them.
Chodron is unquestionably one of the best meditation teachers in the world, and this course shows it.
This course helped me change my perception of the struggles in my life.
Mindfulness Meditation: The Fundamentals, with Jack Kornfield
Jack Kornfield has written some of the most popular books on Buddhism and his courses are every bit at good as his books.
I really liked the simple instructions in the course. It teaches the basics of meditation very well. And Kornfield goes through a lot of mindfulness exercises like mindful breathing, mindful eating, and mindful walking (Kinhin).
If you’ve read some of Jack Kornfield’s books and liked them, you’ll definitely like this course.
Take the course here.
The Many Meditation Courses of Tara Brach
Tara Brach is a very highly respected meditation teacher, and she has produced a bunch of different meditation courses on her site here.
The author of Radical Acceptance, Tara Brach is a master at helping us to embrace the more challenging aspects of life and at teaching us to stay mindful no matter what.
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Paul Harrison BSc is a qualified meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in teaching meditation and mindfulness both to individuals and to corporations and is the author of four books on meditation. He has been featured in Psychology Today, Breathe Magazine, Healthline, Psych Central and Lion’s Roar.
Paul studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
Paul’s biggest inspirations include Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Jack Kornfield.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison