Level 4: The Three Trainings

Mindfully progress along the Buddhist path with the support of discipline, meditation and wisdom

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What You’ll Gain in Level 4: Three Trainings

Learn why a disciplined mind brings happiness

Experientially connect non-harmful action to joy

Embrace the fundamental nature of your mind

Befriend who you are, accept that you don’t need fixing

Apply wisdom to everyday moments

Let humor help you find gratitude in all things

Commit daily to beneficial, skillful action

See how behavior alters your experience of life

Prerequisites: Level 1 through Level 3: Meditation

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The 4th Stage in Your Journey to Liberation

As our Journey continues in Level 4, we learn about the 3 trainings of discipline, meditation and wisdom. More than just a summary of the Buddhist path, they are the actions which lead to our awakening. Experience first hand the role of moral conduct not as a rule we get rewarded for following, but as a causal action that leads to happiness.

  • Let go of the harmful actions that cause you and others suffering
  • Learn why non-harming is the basis for a disciplined happier mind
  • Continue studying obstacles with antidotes to jealousy and pride
  • Develop the three tools of hearing, contemplating and meditating
  • Explore the practice of discipline by committing to 5 precepts
  • Embrace the middle way by letting go of needing to fix things

Ways to Get Started

Whether you take the levels one-by-one, purchase the Journey course bundle or gain full access to all our courses with a Premium Membership, our progressive online courses will inspire your progress on your path.

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Your Level 3 Mind Trainers

Get to know the dharma teachers and meditation experts who will lead you to new possibilities as you progress on your Journey of Liberation.

Lama Jampa Thaye, Meditation Master and Scholar

Lama Jampa Thaye, PhD

Meditation Master and Buddhist Scholar

Trinlay Rinpoche is a meditation master who teaches philosophy and the benefits of meditation on Mindworks

Trinlay Rinpoche

Accomplished Meditator and Buddhist Scholar

Tillman Lhundrup has been teaching meditation and Buddhist philosophy for over 40 years

Tilmann Lhundrup

Life-long Meditation Teacher and Retreat Coach

Bart Mendel is the architect of Mindworks progressive meditation system.

Bart Mendel

Founder and Chief Meditation Officer

Khaydroup Podvoll is a Mind Trainer on Mindworks who teaches the benefits of being in the present moment

Khaydroup Podvoll

Contemplative Practitioner, Meditator & Teacher

Reverend Joseph Rogers is a specialist in addiction recovery and teaches meditation to aid recovery

Reverend Joseph Rogers

Chaplain and Meditation Instructor for Recovery

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Level 7: Insight

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Level 8: Science of Mind

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