Eric Harrison established Perth Meditation Centre in 1987, and has since taught about 40,000 people how to meditate. He has taught around 1000 six-week long courses, 600 workshops and 40 retreats, and has given hundreds of workplace seminars and private consultations. He has also trained nearly 400 people as meditation teachers. Read full bio…
Eric has written eight books on meditation. He has been published in thirteen languages and fifteen countries. There are chapters from his books on the right hand side of this page. His magazine articles can be found on the Articles page of this website.
Eric’s teaching style is rational, practical and free of spiritual or New Age ideas. Half his students are referrals from doctors and psychologists, and he has worked extensively in the corporate world. He likes his students to understand what meditation is and how it actually works. With this understanding, they can adapt their practice to their own purposes, and so become independent of any teacher or group.
Eric offers one-day workshops on Saturdays, about once every two months. You can now make bookings for the workshops on 5 Dec and 20 Feb, 2021.
Advance warning. PMC will close down sometime in 2021. Exactly when this happens will depend on bookings. After 34 years, PMC will “vanish into air, into thin air, and leave not a wisp of cloud behind.” The website will also vanish, along with the articles and the meditation mp3s that you can currently use for free.
The Mindfulness Workshops run on Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm. All the meditations are done in chairs, not lying down or sitting on the floor. The cost is $250 or $150 concession. A super-concessional rate is available on enquiry to the unemployed, and to victims of the lock-down. The fee includes a copy of the textbook The 5-Minute Meditator which will be sent to you when you enrol. This book contains 42 exercises, and particularly emphasises the value of meditating ‘on the spot’ whenever you can. There are chapters on the right-hand side of this page. All workshops take place at the Subiaco Community Centre Hall, where there is ample space for social distancing.
If you would prefer to attend weekly courses rather than a Saturday workshop, or have private consultations, Eric recommends Kevin Hume, who works from Northbridge. He is the former director of the Sydney Meditation Centre, and his website is perthmeditation.com.au
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 came out in New York in May 2017. It can now be ordered through Amazon, Book Depository and local bookshops. There are a few chapters of this book on the right-hand side of this page. In January 2020 this book will appear under a new title: ‘Brain Training with the Buddha’. The text, however remains the same.