The MIDL Meditation System is a systematic Buddhist insight meditation practice based on the Satipatthana Sutta, that has been designed for daily life. It uses a foundation of the development of tranquility meditation (samatha) for insight into reality (vipassana).
The MIDL meditator seeks to find the middle path by neither suppressing or avoiding any experience but rather by softening into and unifying within the experience itself. This path leads to the fading of attraction and aversion towards pleasant and unpleasant feeling and a seamless integration of meditation into daily life.
MIDL is divided into 12 Masteries (sections) that follow a linear path of development. This is a meditative path containing pavers of attention, insight, deconditioning, cultivation and disentangling, with the goal of maturing the Noble Eightfold Path in daily life.
The menu for the 12 Masteries can be viewed here.
Each of the 12 Masteries of MIDL contain Meditation Skills that when practiced and perfected will lead to the maturity of that Mastery, creating a foundation for the next.
All 52 Meditation Skills can be viewed in the Website Map.
An Example from the Mindfulness of Breathing Section
The first four Masteries are located in the mindfulness of breathing section.
MASTERY 1: Skill in Softening & Grounding.
The softening meditation skills are designed to develop your ability to release the habitual grip of your attention on thoughts, sensations, feelings etc. Softening relaxes the effort that underlies the tendency of attraction, aversion or indifference you may have towards what you are experiencing.
MASTERY 2: TIER 1 Mindfulness of Breathing.
The TIER 1 meditation skills are designed to address any imbalances you may have in both peripheral awareness and attention. During TIER 1 you will also develop insight into the 16 Meditative Hindrances (listed below on this page) in a way that will significantly weaken them.
MASTERY 3: TIER 2 Mindfulness of Breathing.
The TIER 2 meditation skills are designed to bring stability to the structure of your attention by intentionally cultivating the first six Enlightenment Factors: mindfulness, curiosity, balanced effort, joy, tranquility and samadhi (unification of attention).
MASTERY 4: TIER 3 Mindfulness of Breathing.
The TIER 3 meditation skills are designed to develop meditative skill in sustaining both attention and peripheral awareness. When attention and peripheral awareness are sustained then the conditions are right for access concentration (stable, unified attention, free from the meditative hindrances).
MASTERY 5: Cultivating Skill in Jhana.
Jhana is a natural state of absorption that occurs when the mind flows in harmony with a wholesome experience, completely withdrawn from sensory stimulation, hindrances and necessary for penetrating insight.