ClearLight Meditation Institute offers more than a menu of courses. Here are some of the things that set us apart.
The program is purposeful, the staff is knowledgeable and caring, and everyone should take a class!Heather Bloodworth, YMCA Executive
The learning was broken down into segments that I could digest so that the next class built on a solid understanding. If you’re looking for a place to get a handle on how to be mindful, how to reduce self-caused issues, ClearLight can’t be beat. Smart, kind people speaking clearly!Jim LaPann, Attorney
The retreat was excellent. I appreciate the guidance, the exercises, the discussions, the time for practice, and the care and compassion in helping us awaken in a loving way. I absolutely value the teachings on awakening and open heartedness. Best retreats ever!MF, Mindfulness Instructor
‘Clearlight’ is the translation of a Tibetan Buddhist word used to describe the essential nature of awareness. ‘Clear’ means it is completely formless, transparent, and boundless like space. ‘Light’ refers to its quality of spontaneous illumination or cognizance. Like light, awareness is suffused with the radiating warmth of unconditional kindness and love. Never clouded by the infinite variety of experiences, clearlight awareness is completely pure from the beginning, a fundamental continuum that is spontaneously present and free. Through meditation, the clearlight nature of awareness reveals itself as our true identity.
The ClearLight Team
Trained under the auspices of some of the most revered teachers of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, he was encouraged to teach by three great meditation masters of the Mahamudra and Dzogchen Lineages, Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Scott has studied and practiced Zen and Theravada Buddhism as well as Advaita (non-dual awareness) and other wisdom traditions both East and West. He has been teaching for almost 40 years and has spent over 4 years of his life in solitary and group meditation retreats.
A founding member and former Director of the Philadelphia Shambhala Center, he also served for five years as Director of the Shambhala Center of Halifax, Nova Scotia, one of the largest urban meditation centers in North America.
He was a senior instructor of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for 20 years through the Penn Program for Stress Management at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Scott also trained for seven years in deep psychological inquiry in the Diamond Approach of A.H. Almaas. His teaching is informed by contemporary neuroscience and psychotherapy. He has a private practice in Meditation Coaching, Spiritual Counseling, and Healing oriented to support those on the path of meditation.
Cara also hosts the podcast series for Women called Real Women, Courageous Wisdom; teaches mindfulness to corporations, universities, and college sports teams; and contributes to The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, and Mindful Magazine. She is the author of On The Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine (New World Library) For more info visit www.carabradley.net.
Calming meditations are usually based on concentration, like focusing on the breath or a sound while consciously learning to balance alert attention and physical relaxation. Meditations which cultivate non-judgmental observation of what is taking place, like mindfulness meditation, also help you to see the ways that you unconsciously contribute to your stress. When you see how your mental habits work against you, you discover the freedom to do something else, new and healthy.
Courses are dedicated to a substantive exploration of different aspects of the practice. Each meeting includes time for teaching, discussions as well as group meditation practice. According to the feedback we receive from course participants, these regular weekly meetings make all the difference in helping them sustain their practice and go deeper.