ha'Mind Muar

The Mind Illuminated

A Meditation Group for Training the Mind and Ending Suffering

About the Meditation Group


A Meditation Group for Training the Mind and Ending Suffering

About the Meditation Group
ha'Mind Muar (pronounced: moo-ARE) is an Israeli group dedicated to meditating and training the mind, as instructed in the book "The Mind Illuminated" - a comprehensive meditation guide which 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's been practicing and teaching 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.

The group meets once a week to learn and meditate, hosted by Oded Raz - an experienced teacher receiving direct guidance from Culadasa himself. The meetings are free of charge, 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.

Following the Corona pandemic, we're now holding the meetings virtually, using the Zoom platform.
You're warmly invited to join us from the comfort of your home!
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Meditation from a Scientific and Buddhist Perspective


The Elephant Path


"The Elephant Path" is a central tool in The Mind Illuminated.
It is a detailed map, dividing the process of training the mind into ten distinct stages, starting from the point of never having meditated before, all the way to awakening and the complete liberation from suffering. Each step has its unique characteristics, challenges to overcome, and specific techniques for addressing them. Climbing up the stages represents the gradual improvement of our meditative abilities, like milestones marking progress.

The map makes it easy to orient in the mind's activities, understand its workings, identify our current location, and understand how it's best to move forward. Instead of getting lost in the jungles of consciousness, we're following a clear route, with a campus, a professional guide, GPS, a satellite phone, and all the gear we need to reach our final destination safe and sound.

Illustration: enthusbuddhist
The Elephant Path

The Weekly Meeting


The meeting is divided into four separate sessions:

18:00
Introductions, Sharings, and Questions - (1st Session)

The opening hour is dedicated to introduction with newcomers, sharing experiences from the meditative practice, Q&A, and explanations about the various aspects of the meditation technique.

19:00
Silent Meditation - (2nd Session)

The evening's main meditation session (60 minutes long).

20:10
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.

21:00
Open Discussion - (4th Session)

An opportunity to ask questions, hear answers, and share your personal experiences.
The meeting ends after the last question is asked, or at 22:00 at the latest.

You can choose and join the sessions you wish to participate in and leave upon their completion.

Contact Us


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

Questions and Answers


Is this a "Mindfulness" meditation practice?

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.

What is the basis of the method?

The basis is Vipassana meditation, as taught by Gautama the Buddha. 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.

Is it possible to reach enlightenment as an active, working person?

Definitely YES. There's no need to adopt a monastery 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.

Does the practice require faith?

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.

What could I gain if I already have lots of meditative experience?

Your experience is a real asset and an excellent place to be. TMI's sharp 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.

Can meditation replace psychological treatment?

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.

Do I must attend the meeting's full four hours?

The choice of when to arrive and when to depart is entirely yours. You may join the meeting according to the sessions in which you'd like to participate, and leave once they're over. The door will open ten minutes before a session, and close once it begins. To become familiar with the method's fundamentals, arrive by 18:00. To practice joint meditation, arrive by 19:00. To learn about the workings of the mind and the meditation technique, be present at 20:00. To ask questions and listen to answers, remain at 21:00 as well. The meeting ends by 22:00 at the latest.

In what language is the meditation lesson taught?

The meetings are divided between two groups; the first group is a Hebrew speaking Israeli group, and the second is an English speaking international group. The instructions and explanations given in Hebrew are using key English terms from the book. It's possible to schedule personal meetings in your desired language, depending on the teacher's availability.

How much does it cost?

In line with Buddhist tradition, no payment is required for participation.

The Heart Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom


First Meeting -17.7.2019


Discussed Subjects:

  1. Who Are the Group Members?
  2. What's Beneficial About Meditation?
  3. What Brings Enlightenment?
  4. Who is Culadasa?
  5. What is The Elephant Path?
  6. Meditation and Buddhism
  7. Meetings' Logistics
First Meeting -17.7.2019

Second Meeting - 24.7.2019


Discussed Subjects:

  1. Meeting's Agenda
  2. A Modern Map for Meditation
  3. How the Process Unfolds
  4. Rate of Progress
  5. Cultivating the Right Attitude
  6. Mindfulness and Breaks
  7. Jump-Starting the Practice
  8. Awareness, Attention, and Distractions
  9. Attention to the Breath
  10. Sharing Meditative Experiences
Second Meeting - 24.7.2019

Recorded Sessions


  1. מהי מדיטציה, מהי דרך הפיל, וכיצד מגיעים להארה?
  2. איך עושים מדיטציה? על מודעות, תשומת לב והסחות דעת
  3. "שלב אחד" בדרך הפיל, ההכנה למדיטציה, ומיקוד תשומת הלב
  4. כיצד לבסס תרגול מדיטציה יומי? המכשולים והאתגרים
  5. כיצד לבסס תרגול מדיטציה יומי? הפתרונות להשגת המטרה
  6. "חמשת המעצורים" - דאגנות חסרת-מנוחה
  7. "חמשת המעצורים" - השתוקקות חושית
  8. "חמשת המעצורים" - ספק
  9. "חמשת המעצורים" - עצלנות ולאות
  10. "שלב שתיים" בדרך הפיל, קיצור נדידת המחשבות

  11. טכניקות "שלב שתיים" - מעקב אחרי הנשימה, חיבור לנשימה
  12. טכניקות "שלב שתיים" - תיוג, בדיקה
  13. מפגש יישור קו, שיתוף חוויות מהתרגול
  14. התמודדות עם כאב, חוסר נוחות, עייפות והתנמנמות
  15. "תהליך טיהור הנפש", התמודדות עם רגשות וזיכרונות טעונים
  16. מלכודת הרעיונות המבריקים, תיוג מעצורים
  17. מפגש יישור קו, שיתוף חוויות מהתרגול
  18. אבן הדרך הראשונה בדרך הפיל
  19. שמונת המצבים הארציים
  20. הדרך המתומנת הנאצלת

  21. ראיונות אישיים
  22. שבעת גורמי ההארה
  23. מדיטציה אנליטית
  24. מדיטציה בהליכה
  25. הסרט "אביב, קיץ, סתיו, חורף ו... אביב"
  26. קהות-חושים עדינה
  27. שיחה על הסרט
  28. סקירה מקיפה של טכניקת התרגול לקראת הרטריט
  29. שבע הבעיות
  30. מודל רגעי התודעה

  31. טיפוח מוּדָעוּת של התבוננות פנימית
  32. שיתוף חוויות מהתרגול, שאלות ותשובות
  33. "מערכת המיינד" - המיינד כמערכת
  34. היאחזות ואשליית ה"אני"
  35. "מי אני?" - דיון פתוח
  36. סוטרת הלב - חומר, ריקות, וחמשת המצרפים
  37. סוטרת הלב - דלתות החושים ומרחב המוּדָעוּת
  38. סוטרת הלב - בורות, ארבע האמיתות הנאצלות
  39. סוטרת הלב - אין דעיכה, זיקנה ומוות
  40. סוטרת הלב - חוכמה וידיעה (הקדמה)

  41. מפגש חברתי - שיתופים ושאלות
  42. "המיינד מואר" - מה שנרצה ליצור יחד
  43. קיצור נדידת המחשבות - GPS
Recorded Sessions