Stephen is full time insight meditation teacher and founder of the MIDL Insight Meditation System. MIDL is a systematic way of practicing traditional Buddhist Insight Meditation by following the middle (MIDL) way within daily life.
Stephen began meditating at the age of 12 and by 29 was a live-in manager with his wife Linda at Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre west of Sydney. He has studied intensively in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw under the guidance of Sayadaw U Kundala, John Hale and Patrick Kearney.
After years of intensive meditation, and 12 years of self-study in an abusive workplace, Stephen developed the MIDL Meditation System which is a method of Buddhist insight meditation designed for practitioners living a modern life of a householder.
Stephen, now 57, lives with his wife Linda near Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia.
The MIDL Meditation System is designed for practitioners living a modern life of a householder.
Thus, its name MIDL - Meditation In Daily Life.
The acronym MIDL is also a play on the word 'middle' representing The Buddha's guidance on following the 'middle way'.
This reflects the underlying philosophy of MIDL to neither suppress nor avoid any kind of experience, whether in meditation or in daily life.
MIDL practitioners learn to soften into the experience and decondition the reactivity of the mind in terms of attraction towards the pleasant or aversion towards the unpleasant.
This way of practice leads to an experiential understanding of the habituated patterns of the mind and a natural emergence of wisdom regarding how the mind works.
Monica is a full-time public school art teacher with a passion for practicing insight meditation in her daily life and wishes to use her teaching skills and personal meditative experience to help others experience freedom and peace.
Monica began practicing in the MIDL Meditation System under the guidance of Stephen in August 2021.
MIDL inspired her with its potential to practice samatha (calm abiding) meditation in a clear and precise way while living a busy lay life.
Through her practice, the intimate relationship between samatha and vipassana (insight in reality) was revealed.
Monica has 15 years of experience in meditation understands that awakening is an accessible reality for those that are ready to directly investigate their own experience."
Karl’s journey in meditation began about 15 years ago. Initially, he believed meditation to be a simple
tool for relaxation but was drawn in by the benefits he started to experience.
After some difficult life circumstances a few years ago, Karl began to experience anxiety and approached Stephen for guidance.
He found the MIDL skills to be of immediate benefit and began to find lasting relief from his symptoms.
Since that time Karl has received extensive one-on-one training from Stephen on a weekly basis, further enhancing his well-being, meditation experience and skills.
He loves to share what he has learnt with people who seek to improve their lives in the same way that he has.
Criteria for teaching in MIDL is not based on studying books or paying for a training course and certificate but rather on your own honest engagement and development of skill in the framework of the MIDL Meditation System.
You are welcome to integrate meditation methods you learn in the MIDL Meditation System into other meditation methods/systems for teaching purposes.
Your study will be supported in learning MIDL techniques by attending weekly online meditation classes, Teacher Training Workshops (Register your interest) and self-study through actively engaging with MIDL.
listed in this website are meditators who are devoted to MIDL, have reached the levels of skill in their own practice following the MIDL model, and intend to teach MIDL exclusively without integrating other methods.
These accredited teachers are advertised on the MIDL website and a trusted part of the face of MIDL throughout the world. They have access to free private interviews with Stephen Procter and exclusive teacher training workshops to refine their understanding of the structure and functioning of MIDL.
Skill in teaching MIDL is developed by engaging and practicing the system following the Online Insight Meditation Course, engaging in the weekly online meditation classes which contain free-flowing discussion, the MIDL Reddit community and through Private Sessions if these are suitable.
There are no criteria or lessons for this other than experiencing MIDL for yourself, and interaction and sharing with the MIDL community.