Welcome to the online application for Anapana Courses,
These courses have been designed for children and young people to learn Anapana meditation, by observing the natural, normal breath.
Please read all the information on this page carefully, especially the Code of Behaviour. You will be asked to follow it during the course. After reading this page, please click on the Next button at the bottom of the page to go to the application form.
Aims of the course
Anapana is a simple technique that helps you calm and concentrate the mind. It helps you better understand yourself and how your mind works.
Regular practice of the technique gives many other benefits:
- Improved concentration and memory
- Increased awareness and alertness of mind
- More self-confidence
- Greater capacity to work and study
- Increased goodwill for others
Code of behaviour
Learning Anapana meditation will make your mind strong so that you will be able to avoid actions that are harmful to yourself and to others. This strength of mind will help you feel happier and more peaceful.
In order to practise Anapana successfully it is important that you agree to follow the Code of Behaviour written below.
These rules will provide a good foundation for your meditation practice and will ensure that you don’t do or say anything that disturbs or distracts other children or spoils the atmosphere of the course.
During the first meditation session at the course you will be asked to repeat the following five precepts or promises.
These are written in bold and underneath each is an explanation.
Please read them carefully so that you will understand what you are saying when the time comes:
I also promise to do my best to follow the instructions that I will be given during the course.
- I shall abstain from killing.
I promise to try to treat all beings kindly and not kill them or harm them in any way.
- I shall abstain from stealing.
I promise to take only what is given to me and not take anything which belongs to others without permission.
- I shall abstain from a life of misconduct.
I promise to treat other boys and girls as if they were my brothers or sisters or best friends.
- I shall abstain from speaking lies, harsh words, or backbiting which will harm others.
I promise to speak truthfully, kindly and gently, and not to tell lies
or to say hurtful things to anybody or about anybody.
- I shall abstain from taking any intoxicant.
I promise not to take any alcohol, drugs or intoxicants, but to keep my mind clear.
Silence (teenager courses)
On some courses for teenagers there may be some periods of silence during the course. Silence means silence of body, speech and mind. Any form of communication with fellow students, whether by gestures, sign language, written notes, etc., should be avoided during the designated times.
The timetable varies slightly from place to place.
Half hour meditation sessions are alternated with discussion, creative or physical activities.
A sample timetable is shown on the
childrens course website.
Further details may be given on your local centre website, as shown at the end of the course schedule page.
There are two pages in the application. The first page is for you, the student, to fill in, and the next page is for your parent or guardian to fill in. You can apply online or download a printable version. Please ask your parents to read the following paragraph.
Note for Parents or Guardians
The information you provide on this form will be treated confidentially.
Some of the information will be processed on computer.
By completing this form, you give your consent to the storage
and use of this information by the course organisers as described
applying is being held, a copy of which may be obtained from the
course registrar or at the course site upon your arrival.
Please press the Next step button to get to the online application form.