ha'Mind Muar

The Mind Illuminated

An International Meditation Group for Training the Mind and Ending Suffering

ha'Mind Muar (pronounced: moo-ARE) is an international group dedicated to meditating and training the mind, inspired by the book "The Mind Illuminated" - a comprehensive meditation guide that teaches, step by step, how to reach the ultimate goal of meditative practice - liberation from all suffering, also called "Awakening" or "Enlightenment."

The book was written by an American neuroscience professor named Culadasa (John Yates, PhD.), who practiced and taught meditation for over four decades. It integrates Buddhist wisdom with brain science, providing practical and straightforward instructions for making progress, alongside comprehensive explanations about the nature of the human mind.


Whether you’re a beginner who wishes to master the technique or an experienced meditator aspiring for a breakthrough in your practice, we offer custom-tailored support. Enjoy personal one-on-one consultations, the benefits of belonging to a Sangha, or both. The group meets every week to learn and meditate, hosted by Oded Raz - an experienced teacher who received direct guidance from Culadasa himself. The meetings are held using the Zoom platform as Meditation Adventures, recorded, uploaded to our YouTube channel, and available for listening at any time. 


If you value peace of mind, and you'd like to be harmonious, well-balanced, and liberated from all suffering - we'd be happy to have you with us.

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Oded Raz

Meditation Teacher

Founder of the meditation group ha'Mind Muar and a student of Culadasa. Has been teaching and developing training programs for groups and individuals professionally for over two decades.

Join The Spring Adventure

The Journey Begins on February 12th

We invite you to join our Meditation Adventures - well-structured mind-training programs for promoting your meditative practice, experiencing the true nature of reality, and accelerating your liberation:

Intensive Meditative Practice

Four months, 16 weekly online Zoom meetings, over 100 hours of daily meditation, 3-12 days of international retreat, and the attentive guidance of an awakened teacher, supporting and tracking your progress.

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Mastering the Meditation Technique

14 online classes, over 50 hours of recorded classes, original new techniques & skillful means, supportive Buddhist wisdom & neuroscience, and 4 monthly personal interviews with the teacher, forming a clear path to Awakening.

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Supportive Intimate Sangha

Small in size (9-15 members), direct human connection (in a group and one-on-one), over 30 hours of sharing challenges and experiences, a Buddy System, countless opportunities for Q&A, open discussions, and 24/7 activity on our Discord server.

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Complete Liberation

for all who seek to end their suffering

Clear & Simple Path

inevitably resulting in Awakening

Freely Accessible

to everyone in the world

Provides the funding for making our vision a reality

Personal Consultations

$80
  • 50 Minutes
  • First Introduction - FREE
  • + Dāna

Video Content

$0
  • FREE
  • Sponsored by Dāna
  • and participation in Adventures

Want to Learn More?

Curiosity is a virtue. Here's more information:

The Mind Illuminated

Culadasa

Noble Eightfold Path

Gautama the Buddha

The Elephant Path

Asanga

An Efficient Way to Meditate and Awaken

The Practical Path

The Practical Path is a straightforward mind-training plan, where we perform a series of simple tasks that cultivate the various mental skills necessary for Awakening and ending all suffering. By comprehensively describing the training process as a whole, The Practical Path ensures we're always making the most out of the time and energy we invest in meditation.

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We hold three Meditation Adventures a year, each spanning over four months:


  • The Spring Adventure - February, March, April, May
  • The Summer Adventure - June, July, August, September
  • The Autumn Adventure - October, November, December, January

Throughout the Adventure, the group holds online meetings for English speakers every Sunday and face-to-face meetings for Hebrew speakers every Tuesday. Both meetings are open for meditators worldwide, follow the same structure, and revise the very same content. You may join both meetings or a single one of them of your choosing.


Israel sets the meeting time as described in the timetable. International times may vary due to Daylight Saving Time.



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The English meeting reoccurs every Sunday and is comprised of four separate sessions:

18:00
Sharing Experiences - (1st Session)

We dedicate the opening hour to sharing experiences from the meditative practice, Q&A, and the exploration of daily life challenges through the lens of Buddhist wisdom.

19:00
Silent Meditation - (2nd Session)

The evening's main meditation session (60 minutes long).
New meditators may meditate for 20 or 40 minutes should they choose to, guided by a repeating bell.

20:15
The Evening Discourse - (3rd Session)

An orderly explanation of the various stages of the meditation technique; the workings of the mind; and the path leading to enlightenment and liberation from all suffering.

21:15
Q&A - (4th Session)

An opportunity to ask questions, hear answers, and share your personal experiences. The meeting ends after the last question is answered, or by the end of this last hour.

Face-to-face meditation meetings are held every Tuesday at 19:00. Should you visit Israel, come and say hello. :-)

Yes - and so much more. "Mindfulness" allows us to achieve higher awareness of the mind's emotional and cognitive processes. We continuously develop this tool until it becomes as sharp, focused, and powerful as possible. It serves us for understanding the true nature of reality, purifying the mind of illusions and past traumas, and accumulating deep Insights, leading to the ultimate destination: A solid, continuous experience of deep contentment, true happiness, and profound inner peace, not subject to passing away by the turmoils of daily life.

The basis is Vipassana meditation, as taught by Gautama the Buddha, combined with śamatha meditation. At the heart of its practical side is systematic cultivation of attention to the sensations of the breath (Anapanna), and bodily sensations. The practice is reinforced by detailed explanations, illuminating the workings of the mind, helping to identify the factors challenging continuous stable attention, and offering efficient solutions (both conceptual and practical) for dealing with them.

Definitely YES. There's no need to adopt a monastic lifestyle, nor isolating yourself from the world. The practical, focused, precise, and efficient character of the instructions, allows you to make the most out of the time you dedicate for meditation, even while working, studying, or having a family.
Just as lifting weights makes the muscles stronger and stretching increases flexibility, so does meditation trains the mind, making it sharp and peaceful. It's a natural process based on direct experience, whose efficiency has been proven by science. It doesn't require religious belief, nor does it contradicts it. Should they practice diligently and well, both the fervent believer and the skeptic atheist could succeed and enjoy the many benefits of meditation.
Your meditative experience is a wonderful, valuable asset. TMI's precise instructions could advance your practice rapidly and efficiently, clear hidden obstacles slowing you down, and allow you to reach high meditative states you've never experienced before. It's an opportunity to take a giant leap forward and discover the best of what meditation has to offer.
Meditation could complement psychological treatments but not replace them. If the challenges in your life are significant, the escort and assistance of professionals are of utmost importance. They'd be a supporting factor in processing the experiences, memories, and insights, which would arise during the purification taking place in meditative practice. It should be stressed that the meditation meetings aren't considered "treatment," nor is the teacher a therapist.
Two of the commitments you take as you register for the Adventure are to make meditation a priority and attend all group meetings. To make the most out of the experience, participate in all of them, from start to finish. However, should you face unavoidable constraints, you may attend the meeting partially with the teacher's approval.
Should you wish to participate but be struggling to do so for financial reasons, reach out, and together, we’ll find the solutions.

ha'Mind Muar offers all Three Gems of Buddhism in which to take refuge:

Dharma

The Wisdom of the Path Leading to Liberation

Sangha

The Loving Support of a Dedicated Practice Group

Buddha

The Guidance of Awakened Teacher(s) to reveal your Enlightened Quality

  • 17 Bloch St. Giv'atayim, Israel
  • a short walk from Kikar Noah (Noah's Square)