While this approach is an outgrowth of insight meditation and early Buddhist teachings, we value and incorporate principles of secular Buddhism, Western Psychology, neuroscience, and creativity into our mentorship and training. It is important to us that we, along with our mentees, lead an ethical and internally congruent life while deepening our understanding of meditation and dharma practice through reflection and self-compassion.
these modules are...
mentorship for individuals, training in small groups
✓ …for meditators who want to continue in their Reflective Meditation practice and pass what they learn along to others.
a chance to deepen your practice
✓ …for Dharma and Mindfulness teachers that want to learn how to teach Reflective Meditation.
a collaborative, relational model of mentorship and training
✓ ….a flexible, lightly structured program to be completed over two years time.
these modules are not...
✓ … taught by renowned Buddhist teachers that can grant you transmission to a specific lineage.
This is an individualized process where we will work together on developing your training – keeping in mind your goals, learning styles, and the groups settings where you will teach:
You have primary responsibility to keep your learning and mentoring process vital.
You will have a primary teacher in this agreement, and access to other Reflective Meditation teachers.
Mentorship is offered upon dana: support, contributions, donations. The ‘suggested monthly contribution’ is between $60 – $200. If you cannot afford the lowest amount, please let us know and we will make other arrangements
We will provide
- Individual supervision and consultation as needed with your practice and with your teaching.
- Online mentorship modules taught in an online day-long retreat format.
- Reflective activities that support your teaching process.
- Study materials and resources to complete the mentorship and training process.
- Biannual conversation of your goals, and learning needs.
- Online retreats for your practice and training to teach reflective meditation.
- Residential retreats when they become available again.
- Maintain a regular meditation practice with reflection and journaling.
- Meet regularly with your group to practice the reflective inter~view.
- Attend mentorship modules.
- Study dharma by listening to talks, reading articles and books.
- Reflect upon your practice and teaching experiences by discussing situations with your peers and a teacher.
- Set up biannual conversation with your teacher.
- A strong commitment to ethical conduct and reflection upon power dynamics.
For “certification" you will need to participate in the modules and reflective activities, and demonstrate the following completion requirements:
1 Exhibits ability to be in relationship with students, short and long term
2 Exhibits self-honesty
3 Is able to give open meditation instructions and short dharma talks in this approach
4 Is able to demonstrate receptive listening qualities
5 Is able to conduct an inter~view about a student’s meditation sitting and practice
6 Shows responsibility in setting up appointments, groups, and events
7 Shows understanding of dependent arising, and other basic Buddhist teachings
8 Shows a sincere desire to continue learning from their own experience
9 Exhibits ethical conduct
At least two years’ experience in Reflective Meditation, or 3-6 months concurrent working with a RM teacher + a long-term practice in another contemplative tradition or previous teaching experience.
✓ An aspiration and intention to teach.
✓ Good interpersonal and communication skills.
✓ Follow through and commitment.
✓ Generosity with the teachings.
✓ On-going meditation group and/ or retreat experience.
Module 1: Basic Review of Reflective Meditation
Module 2: Qualities of Receptive Listening
Module 3: Inter~view Light for Introducing RM
Module 4: Dharma in the Reflective Inter~View
Module 5: Fundamentals of Reflective Meditation
Module 6: Dharma Talks in Reflective Meditation
Module 7: Working with student journals
Module 8: Calm and Concentration
Module 9: Boundaries and Associations
Module 10: Trauma
We propose a suggested dana range for this course rather than a set fee, although no one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay. If you are unable to pay at the low end of the scale, talk with Linda and we will try to work it out. By being generous you help us offer these teachings to everyone regardless of their financial resources.
*Sati Sangha has been approved as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and relies solely on support and donations to continue our dharma teaching.
This course was made possible by a grant we received from Hemera Foundation for developing “Healthy Buddhist Communities". We are grateful for the opportunity to have such a relationship with them, and honor the dedication they have shown to foster good will among sanghas and support of dharma teaching.