All schools of Buddhism acknowledge that if we are to “awaken” in this lifetime, our aim is to cultivate and develop the eight-fold path. In which the practice of Mindfulness plays a significant role.
In recent years, mindfulness has exploded across the global landscape as a tool for self-improvement.
Despite the current trends and hype, mindfulness practice can be limited if it does not have a specific aim. As a system of training the mind, the development of mindfulness must also be guided by effort and concentration. When balanced accordingly, we begin to understand of our human potential and limitations. This allows us to move towards a genuine happiness.
During this online course you will learn how to apply these skills directly towards everyday life. You will be supported by a realistic framework to better serve your life and practice.
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This introductory module will focus on the components of effort, mindfulness and concentration as key support faculties. This will set up the groundwork that will allow you to move from confidence in your practice, to wisdom as a result of your practice.
The practice component of this module will be the development of focused attention.
The objective of this first module is to develop stability of mind.
This module introduces the four foundations of mindfulness, also known as satipatthana.
The practice component will introduce the tools of labelling and noting as a means for developing introspective awareness.
The objective here is for further continuity and stability of mindfulness while also being aware of multiple objects as they arise and pass.
We will discover how to work with the ideas of “wholesome” and “unwholesome” states of mind.
Borrowing from the emotional intelligence movement of “constructive” and “destructive” mental states, emotions and attitudes will be outlined and explained.
We will learn how to identify hindrances as they arise in real time, and how to overcome them.
This module explores how to develop and maintain constructive mental states and attitudes. We will see how the seven awakening factors are developed, while the hindrances are overcome.
This process is brought into fruition by balancing: effort, mindfulness and concentration.
In this module emphasis will be placed on developing an attitude of metta (kindness), as we experience the ongoing trial and error of this endeavor.
In this module we will take a close look at the practice and theory of emotional intelligence.
We will learn the science of emotion as it relates to Dharma practice. We will explore how the role of citta relates to the entire psycho-emotional process.
We will see how the four stages of emotional intelligence can be explored and developed through the “practice lens” of citta, and its role within the third foundation of mindfulness.
Here we will explore the heart practices, also known as the Brahma-Viharas, and their role in developing constructive mental states, attitudes and emotions.
We will integrate the heart practices into the foundations of mindfulness to develop a singular practice, often identified as Metta-Vipassana.
The aim of this module and the whole 6 weeks is to integrate these practices into all aspects of your life. Developing balance as you embrace the joys and challenges of working towards an awakened life.
Six Recorded Video Teachings
Filmed in high definition with teachings and experiential exercises to help you bring the practices into your daily life. Released each Tuesday during the course, these teachings can be watched at your own pace throughout the week. Each recorded teaching is roughly 45 minutes.
Six Guided Meditations
Each module includes a guided meditation to support you in experiencing the week's teaching directly and deeply in your own practice.
Weekly PDF’s of educational material that will accompany the module and guided practices.
Two Live Sessions of 60 Minutes
This is your chance to connect with Dave, ask questions, clarify your understanding and share what’s coming up for you in the course. Ask your questions on screen using your webcam, or via text. The power of being included and heard can offer great benefit in your process.
Live Session Dates
All sessions are 60 minutes long, and start at 9am PT (Los Angeles), 12pm ET (NY), 5pm UK (London), 6pm CET (Paris)
Interactive 1: Sunday 25 November Interactive 2: Sunday 16 December
All live sessions will be recorded and made available for those who are not able to attend the live times.
Join in a virtual online sangha where you can come together with other likeminded souls, learning and supporting each other.
Dave Smith is an internationally recognized Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, and published author.
His background is rooted in the Insight Meditation tradition and he has taught many times on Worldwide Insight. He was empowered to teach through the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.
He has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into jails, prisons, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities.
Dave teaches residential meditation retreats and classes, provides trainings and consulting in both secular and Buddhist contexts, and works with students through his meditation mentoring program. He recently founded the Secular Dharma Foundation and lives in Paonia, Colorado.
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