March 3, 2023 6:00pm

David Nichtern | 100-Hour Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Training with Dharma Moon

David Nichtern

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March 3rd – June 4th, 2023, Friday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET, Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET

Online Via Zoom

The Dharma Moon and Tibet House online 100-Hour Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training is perfect for those who seek to deepen their own meditation practice and develop the skill to present mindfulness to others – it is particularly suitable for teachers, business leaders, therapists, coaches, yoga instructors, health care professionals and anyone who wants to integrate teaching meditation into their current work or modalities.

The training will help you develop the confidence, knowledge, and vocabulary to guide others to experience the transformative benefits of mindfulness meditation.

This program will give you a complete understanding of meditation and an overview of the Buddhist path. Participants will:Tibet House US- David Nichtern | 100-Hour Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Training with Dharma Moon

  • Learn the foundations of Buddhist philosophy and practice
  • Lead mock teaching sessions in one-to-one and group settings, receiving constructive feedback from teachers and other trainees
  • Learn how to relate clearly and precisely to the most frequently asked questions and difficulties from beginning students
  • Build a supportive learning community with your fellow classmates
  • Develop greater presence, balance, clarity, and insight by strengthening and stabilizing your own meditation practice
  • Receive a Dharma Moon – Tibet House Certificate of Completion for students who complete all training equirements, make a satisfactory teaching presentation, and pass a written final/oral exam on the course material

Level 1 – Intro to Mindfulness & The Path of Meditation 

Friday, March 3rd – Sunday, March 5th, 2023

Friday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET, Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET

Level 1 can be taken as a standalone course separate from the 100-hour teacher training, and serves as a comprehensive introduction to the foundational Buddhist meditation practices. 

Click here to register for Level 1: Intro to Mindfulness & The Path of Meditation.

Meditation is not just a means of calming down or becoming more productive. It is a practice that can open the door to genuinely life-changing insights and lead to a profound new way of relating to ourselves, others, and the world around us.

This introductory level of Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training serves as a comprehensive introduction to the foundational Buddhist meditation practices.

Through talks, discussion, guided practice, breakout rooms, and experiential exercises, you will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation practice
  • Get an overview of the Buddhist path and stages of practice
  • Develop your personal meditation practice and gain a direct and intimate understanding of mindfulness practice
  • Create a strong foundation for becoming an authorized mindfulness teacher

 

Level 1 Topics:

  • What is Mindfulness? The History and Current Landscape
  • Mindfulness Meditation Instruction, Philosophy, and Practice
  • Somatic Awareness: Working with the Posture and Relating to the Body During Meditation
  • The Difference Between Mindfulness and Awareness and How They Work Together
  • Bringing Attention to the Present Moment without Bias or Judgment
  • Learning how to let go of fixations and habitual tendencies through mindfulness meditation practice
  • Working with thoughts, strong emotions, and relating to our sense perceptions during meditation.
  • Cultivating Gentleness and Precision in Practice
  • Introduction to Loving-Kindness / Maitri / Metta Meditation
  • The Buddhist View on Impermanence, Causes and Conditions, and Absolute & Relative Bodhicitta
  • An Examination of The Three Marks of Existence: Impermanence, Suffering, and Non-self and how they relate to our practice
  • Introduction to Awareness Meditation
  • Understanding Spiritual By-Passing
  • Working with Hot & Cool Boredom
  • Introduction to Walking Meditation
  • Overview of Other Meditation Traditions
  • Facilitating Ongoing Study & Practice

 

Level 2 – Guiding Groups

Friday, March 24th – Sunday, March 26th, 2023

Friday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET, Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET

During this Level, we will be shifting our emphasis away from exploring the view and history of the Buddhist tradition and focusing on how to give solid, cohesive mindfulness meditation instruction in a group setting.

While there will always be room for individual style and expression, we will emphasize a consistent and cohesive approach toward presenting mindfulness practice based on the methodology in this teacher training.

Through talks, discussion, guided practice, breakout rooms, and experiential exercises, you will:

  • Develop clarity and communication skills for presenting meditation to others in a group setting
  • Discuss the role of the teacher
  • Learn the sequence, principles & guidelines for giving mindfulness instruction
  • Practice presenting mindfulness meditation instruction and leading simulated intro-level classes for beginners. 
  • Examine the nuances of teaching mindfulness in various contexts and settings, ranging from yoga classes to schools, corporate environments, hospitals, community centers, etc.

* Please Note: In order to attend Levels 2 – 5, you must first complete Level 1. Each Level must be taken sequentially.

 

Level 2 Topics:

  • Getting Clear About Our Goals and Aspirations Around Our Practice, Training, and Teaching Others.
  • Understanding the Role Personal Practice Has in Teaching Meditation.
  • Identifying Signs of Progress on the Path
  • Knowing What You Know and What You Don’t Know: Remaining Honest and Humble as a Teacher
  • Incorporating Ongoing Self-Assessment and Peer Feedback As a Teacher 
  • Holding Space During Practice
  • Trusting your students’ intelligence and allowing them to experience their own wisdom and insight
  • Incorporating Deep Listening Exercises to Hear the Subtleties of What is Being Communicated
  • Leading Effective Group Discussions
  • When Students Get Stuck: Addressing Common Problems and Most Frequently Asked Questions

 

Level 3 – Providing Personal Instruction

Friday, April 14th – Sunday, April 16th, 2023

Friday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET, Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET

In this segment of the training, we will introduce core principles and skillful means for presenting meditation to individual students and explore ethical guidelines in a 1:1 setting. 

In small group sessions, you will be presenting mindfulness meditation instruction and leading a simulated initial individual class.

 

Level 3 Topics:

  • Responding to Students in an Appropriate, Compassionate, and Responsible Way. 
  • Distinguishing the Role of a Meditation Teacher from A Therapist
  • Respecting the Student’s Intelligence and Leaving Room for Discovery
  • Getting to Know Your Student
  • Being Mindful of Potential Physical Conditions or Histories of Trauma or Mental Health Issues
  • Mixing modalities
  • Creating a Comfortable Boundary between Students and Teachers
  • Being Conscious of Power DynamicsLeading Q&As and Making Sure the Student Feels Supported and Understands the Technique

 

Level 4 – How to Give a Dharma Talk

Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th, 2023

Friday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET, Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET

Having established a strong practice/teaching foundation, in Level 4 we will explore the fundamentals of presenting dharma talks.

Giving a dharma talk is one way we can deepen our understanding of dharma – or things as they are – and of the methods we can bring to bear to skillfully develop clarity, insight and compassion for ourselves and others.

Due to the diversity of each participant’s background, experience, and interests, rather than prescribing a particular curriculum of topics to follow, you will be presented in this training with a formula and methodology for how to choose dharma topics that are relevant and meaningful to you and your students, and how to present them skillfully and effectively to others.

Through talks, discussion, guided practice, breakout rooms, and experiential exercises, you will:

  • Learn the sequence, flow, guidelines, and principles for giving an effective dharma talk
  • Understand the importance of developing the “view” and how to present it
  • Learn how to integrate dharma principles with mindfulness meditation practice
  • Practice Presenting Dharma Talks in a Group Setting

 

Level 4 Topics:  

  • Using the framework of Ground/Path/Fruition to Structure Talks
  • Using Metaphor and Analogy in Dharma Talks
  • Incorporating Personal Stories and Experiences Without Making it About You
  • Learning How and When to Use Supportive Quotes and Content From Other Teachers
  • Taking Your Seat as a Teacher
  • Maintaining a “Beginner’s Mind” and Staying Fluid As the Communication Unfolds
  • Speaking From Your Own Experience. 
  • Cultivating Space and Spaciousness 
  • Embodying the Teachings and Creating Trust and Confidence In You as a Teacher.
  • Knowing Your Goals for Evolving Study and Practice and Identifying Obstacles to Achieving These Goals

 

Level 5 – Sealing the Practice & Closing Ceremony

Friday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 4th, 2023

Friday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET, Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET

In this part of the training, we will focus on how to bring your teaching practice out into the world. There will be a final review & summary of the entire program as well as presentations on the business of teaching meditation and understanding teacher ethics & skillful means.

  • Through talks, discussion, guided practice, breakout rooms, and experiential exercises, you will:
  •  Review all course materials
  • Understand and discuss teacher ethics
  • Learn the business principles of teaching meditation
  • Certificate ceremony and group celebration

 

Level 5 Topics: 

  • Creating a Welcoming Space for All
  • Protecting Confidentiality
  • Helping Students Feel Safe and Supported to Explore the Unknown Parts of Their Mind and Experience
  • Staying Centered in your Own Experience and Not Offering Unsolicited Advice or Feedback
  • Acknowledging Differences in Backgrounds, Experience, Interests, and Values.
  • Creating Ethical Classroom Boundaries
  • Opening to Whatever Arises with Gentleness and Curiosity 
  • The Three “Zones” of Experience Working with Challenges
  • Ongoing Professional Development
  • Teaching Friends & Family
  • Teaching in Corporate / Fitness / Education / Health & Wellness environments
  • LGBTQI+, Trauma, Racial Equity, Addiction and Recovery, & Incarceration Resources
  • Cultivating Business Skills to Develop your Brand and Platform

REGISTRATION OPTIONS:

Select the tuition option that works best for you. Early-Bird discounts will be available until January 23rd, 2023!

The Spring 2023 100hr MMTT Training Levels take place over five weekends from March 3rd – June 4th, 2023 on Fridays from 6–8pm ET, Saturdays & Sundays from 10am–5pm ET

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Featuring

David Nichtern is a senior teacher in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This tradition combines a contemporary, secular approach to meditation with the ancient practices and philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism. David is also a four-time Emmy winner and two-time Grammy nominee, and a successful entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience integrating spiritual practice and everyday living. He is the author of Awakening From The Daydream; Re-imaging The Buddha’s Wheel of Life and Creativity Spirituality and Making A Buck on Wisdom Publications.

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