Eric Harrison established Perth Meditation Centre in 1987 and has since taught 35,000 people how to meditate. His teaching style is rational, practical and free of spiritual or New Age ideas. He offers a range of meditations for relaxation and mental control which he likes his students to adapt to their own purposes. Nearly half his students are referrals from doctors or psychologists and he also works extensively in the corporate world.
Eric’s books on meditation are now published in ﬁfteen countries and thirteen languages and his magazine articles are available on this website. Read full bio…
The Mindfulness Workshops run on Saturdays, once a month, from 9 am to 3 pm. The cost is $210 or $150 concession. The fee includes a copy of the textbook The 5-Minute Meditator which will be sent to you in advance when you enrol, and four guided meditation CDs for home use. The workshops take place at the Subiaco Community Centre, 203 Bagot Rd in Subiaco.
The 5-Minute Meditator is the textbook for the Courses and Workshops. It contains 42 long and short exercises, but it emphasises the value of meditating ‘on the spot, whenever you can. Once you know how, you can easily calm your body and mind while you walk, eat, work, wait around or do exercise. See the chapters on the right-hand side of this page.
The Foundations of Mindfulness
How to Cultivate Attention, Good Judgment, and Tranquility
Eric’s latest book, The Foundations of Mindfulness, is a commentary and a fresh translation of the Buddha’s original DIY text on the subject.
2500 years on, this text is still the most lucid and comprehensive explanation of mindfulness available to us. It contains 13 training exercises for observing the body, emotions, states of mind and thought which can easily be adapted to our 21st Century requirements.
Because the standard translation is indecipherable to non-experts, modern mindfulness relies more on the Zen practice of ‘Just Sitting, not Thinking’, and knows little about the Buddha’s more sophisticated approach.
The fully revised second edition of this book will appear in New York in April 2017. This book can be preordered through Amazon or Book Depository, and will also be available in Australian bookshops in April.
ADVANCE WARNING: 2017-18 are Eric’s ‘Transition-to-Retirement’ years, and he is reducing his workload accordingly. He has taught nearly a thousand evening courses since 1987 and around 600 one-day workshops. He has now finished doing courses, but he will continue doing one-day workshops, teacher training and some corporate work.
The rhythm of weekly courses will continue, however. Eric’s colleagues, psychologists Mark Craigie and Paul Buttigieg will step into his shoes and run all the courses at PMC from March onwards. Mark and Paul are very familiar with Eric’s approach and have been running mindfulness courses and workshops for a decade now. Their website is perthmindfulnesscentre.com.au