Eric Harrison established Perth Meditation Centre in 1987 and has since taught 25,000 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…
Mindfulness Meditation is based on conscious relaxation and the control of thought and attention. It is ideal for anxiety, insomnia, a stressful life and an overactive mind. It also enhances your enjoyment of life, and your capacity for clear thinking. Mindfulness is based on simple principles and is remarkably easy to integrate into an active life. By meditating just for a minute, several times a day, you can quickly shed the unnecessary stress and return to a state of balance. Longer sessions will deeply relax your body, and make your mind calm and focused. For more information, see the articles on the right hand side of this page.
The Mindfulness Courses run for 4 weeks, and 90 minutes each time, on Monday or Wednesday nights at 203 Bagot Rd in Subiaco. They cost $200 (or $150 concession). The fee includes a copy of the textbook The 5-Minute Meditator and four guided meditation CDs for home practice. The Mindfulness Workshops are identical to the courses in terms of cost, content and resources. These workshops take place once a month on Saturdays, from 9 am to 3 pm.
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.
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 21 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. See the chapters on the right hand side of this page. The fully revised second edition of this book will appear in New York in March 2017.
ADVANCE WARNING: 2017 is Eric’s ‘Transition-to-Retirement’ year, and he is reducing his workload accordingly. Eric has taught nearly a thousand courses of 4-8 weeks duration since 1987, and around 600 one-day workshops. The 4-week course in February next year will be his very last course, although he will continue to do one-day workshops and corporate work. The weekly courses will continue however. Two of Eric’s colleagues, psychologists Mark Craigie and Paul Buttegieg, will step into his shoes and run all the courses at PMC from March 2017 onwards. Mark and Paul are very familiar with Eric’s approach, and have been running courses and workshops on mindfulness now for well over a decade.