Your Practice Field.

We offer this space to study these 12 Contemplative Practices.

What does it mean to be human? The mysteries of being human reach beyond the rational mind: they involve the experience of our perceptions, thoughts, and emotions as we interact in the world. At Bhavana Learning Group, we view expanding consciousness beyond understanding knowledge and concepts to cultivate wisdom via the experience of practice in our lives.

We base our practices on a commitment to Deep Learning and Dignity:

  • Deep Learning involves building capacity for learning and unlearning to receive, examine, and integrate experiences for the sake of expanding one’s consciousness, perceptions, and conceptions.
  • Dignity involves granting humanity to all humans and granting life to all living beings.

Our view of PRACTICE.


Your Practice Field.

We offer this space to study these 12 Contemplative Practices.

The 12 practices are organized in three vessels, each preparing learners to integrate wisdom into an interdependent awareness.

  • Grounding Vessel – practices 1 through 4 – develops a foundation for our view, speech, and actions.
  • Fruition Vessel – practices 5 through 8 – expands grounding to cultivate commitment and possibility.
  • The Fertile Vessel – practices 9 through 12 – extends and deepens the previous learning to co-create.

Key for each item below.

 = Item with PRACTICE                  = Item without PRACTICE


1. AWARENESS.

This practice cultivates my attention so that I observe my experience – the perceptions, emotions, thoughts, and other causes, conditions, and contexts that influence me.

I react to events and circumstances, and I allow deadlines and tasks to determine my actions.


2. INTEGRITY.

This practice honors my word as whole and complete, and it affects my speaking, action, livelihood and agreements to cultivate trust.

My fragmented attention and casual speaking create incongruences between my words and deeds, causing confusion, uncertainty, and distrust.


3. INTENTION.

The practice of bringing conscious thought to the present moment. Being deliberate and responsible in my motivation, attitude, and direction, manifesting as mindful choosing, speaking, and action.

My reactions rest on sentimental wishes, wishful thinking, and my casual aims and heartfelt desires.


4. AUTHENTICITY.

With this practice, I take custody of my unified being – who I’ve been, who I am, and who I will become. My interactions reveal the possibility of being fully human.

My preoccupation with fitting in, adapting to norms and my self-image guides my priorities, concerns, and actions.


5. CONTEMPLATION.

This practice focuses my awareness of deepening concentration below the surface to gain insight.

I automatically react to events and tasks, skimming, and scanning communications. I am unable to delve below surface thoughts or emotions for a sustained period.


6. COMPLETION.

I practice reflecting on things as they are. I recreate others, acknowledge situations, and receive concerns from a foundation of wholeness and background of possibilities.

My split attention leads to stepping over items, ignoring details, and taking shortcuts. I learn to tolerate unnecessary missteps, which requires more time and energy.


7. DEEP LISTENING.

My practice of bare attention and receptive awareness allows things to be revealed — for me to be with others as they are and to receive their concerns fully.

I listen only for the information I need to manage my tasks and solve my problems.


8. COMMITMENT.

With my practice of devotional resolve – cognitively, emotionally, and volitionally – I find serene direction in surrendering to something larger than myself.

My life consists of obligations and perpetual, monotonous tasks that find me aimlessly drifting without direction.


9. IMAGINATION.

My practice of envisioning possibilities opens untapped potential beyond daily activities, problems, and what seems conceivable. This practice taps into a nonlinear view and poetic mind, which seeds my empathy to be with others’ experiences.

I am a practical and analytical problem solver and effortlessly discover solutions to resolve problems. Within a linear view, I am seduced by quick fixes and immediate results.


10. DISCERNMENT.

With the practice of rigorous focus and attention, I can cut through noise and distractions to choose wisely among different needs, concerns, and priorities to gain clarity.

My indecisiveness has made me unable to scrutinize, evaluate, or penetrate the morass of choices and distractions, becoming inattentive to the quality of my output.


11. INQUIRY.

This practice challenges me to live in the question and explore situations with humility, curiosity, and interest in the face of the unknown.

I reflexively seek out answers and solutions and stop questioning once I discover them.


12. COMMUNITY AS CONTEXT.

This practice ultimately determines what it is to be a person, because becoming a “self” happens in community. This practice expands my view of “self” and community as mutually dependent on causes and conditions – a point of view that unifies and views coherence in the flow of experiences.

I believe I am a discrete, fixed, and solid entity. I am an independent and individual identity to protect and defend.