The hallmark of our orientation is to support students just where they are in their understanding, and to help them grow naturally in insight and self-compassion/calm. Our students, like ourselves, come from a wide range of previous experience with meditation and dharma study through reading, listening to talks and meditation practice. While this approach is an outgrowth of insight meditation practice, all approaches to Buddhist meditation are intended to lead in the same direction: the reduction of suffering. Although Reflective Meditation is grounded in and based on the Buddha’s teaching, this approach to meditation also includes principles of Western psychology and neuroscience that help ground and support teachers and their students in leading ethical and internally congruent lives.
✓ …a didactic course with informational videos and documentation.
✓ …the current legal and ethical definitions for the field.
✓ …a list of clear guidelines that you can follow.
✓ … taught by a renowned Buddhist teacher that can answer all your questions.
✓ …a collaborative, relational model of learning.
✓ …a chance to use reflective practice to develop your own guidelines and courses of action with the people and situations in your world.
✓ …an opportunity to speak honestly with other teachers about the grizzly inter-sangha stuff.
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 supervisor and teacher in this agreement.
Mentorship is offered upon donation/support. The ‘suggested monthly contribution’ is between $60- $200. Consider setting up an automatic monthly donation through PayPal or your bank account. If you cannot afford the lowest amount, please let me know and we will make other arrangements
We will provide
The list below is still up for discussion, but they are qualities that tend to develop with practice and training in this approach:
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 explorative dialogue about a student’s meditation sitting and practice
6 Shows responsibility in setting up appointments, groups, and events
7 Show understanding of dependent arising, and other basic Buddhist teachings
8 Show a sincere desire to continue learning from their own experience
9 Exhibits ethical conduct
These modules are designed to take you through a process of ethical reflecting; reflecting on your life as a meditation and/or dharma teacher. Because they are designed to untangle some of the threads inter-woven into your ethical life, you will need to take all three together, starting with the first module.
The course will run over a three month time period. Each month you will attend two online group meetings, and most weeks you will be required to do a reflective practice of walking, talking or writing your experience.
We will emphasize individual and group processes to fine-tune your internal ethical compass. You will be exploring your own particular patterns and habits that keep you at risk for ethical misunderstandings.
We will be using the early Buddhist teachings as our dharma anchor.
We propose a suggested donation range for this course rather than a set fee, although no one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay. Our hope is that a majority of participants will be able to pay at the middle range. If you are able to pay on the higher end, this will be very helpful and lend support these ethical teachings and allow Linda Modaro to continue her work as a dharma teacher with Sati Sangha; as well as for students who are experiencing financial challenges. If you are unable to pay at the low end of the scale, talk to Linda and we will try to work it out. By being generous in this way 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.