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Want to be a certified meditation teacher? Join our 2022 Mindfulness Meditation Teaching Certification Program!

9 Month Course
Registration Due Date
Friday, December 17th, 2021
Teacher: Bhante Sathi
Retreat Format: In Person Only
Total Cost: $2200
($2000 if paid in full by December 1st)
* Instalment payment options and information can be found in "Payment Options"
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We are so happy to announce that Triple Gem of the North is offering a retreat-based teaching certification. This certification attests to an acceptable level of knowledge and teaching skills required for mindful meditation teaching.

Please scroll to the bottom of the page to register.

The training will prepare you as a meditation and mindfulness teacher by educating our students on the following topics:

  • Understanding, practicing and mastering mindfulness.
  • Historical evolution of mindfulness.
  • Several different Eastern mindfulness pathways.
  • How to become a teacher based on the Buddhist Suttas.
  • Understand the Bodhisatwa mind and become a Bodhisatwa (a person on the path to Buddhahood).
  • Understanding the Buddhist way of life by studying key Suttas.
  • The Triple Gem, The Buddha, The Dhamma, The Sangha.
  • Being a community member and creating a mindful community.
  • Becoming a life-long teacher using Insight Meditation and Mind Culture.

The certification program requirements include:

  • Completion of assignments.
  • Memorization of key Buddhist Suttas. We will study a total of 21 Suttas.
  • Attending at least 75% of training retreats.
  • Participants will complete one or more hands-on training sessions while a monk observes. For example, a guided meditation class.

Payment Options

Option 1 - Total Cost: $2200 ( $2000 if paid in full by September 3rd)

Option 2 - Installment Payment

  • Program Entry Fee (Due by January 21st): $700
  • Entry Fee - Early Bird Discount (Due by December 1st): $350
  • Additional Payments: March 11th - $250 / April 29th - $250 / July 8th - $250 / August 19th- $250 / September 30th - $250
  • Expense Breakdown: Expense for 1 person - Room 50x3x6 = 900 / Food 28x2x6= 336 / Fee 150x6 = 900 / Total = 2136

Fees will cover lodging and food expenses. (breakfast, lunch, and a light dinner). Food will be Vegan food. Please let us know if you have any food restrictions as we will do our best to accommodate you. You may also provide your own lunch if needed.

Training Schedule

All training will be held at the Metta Meditation Retreat Center in Janesville, MN. Each retreat will begin at 6:00 pm Friday and will end at 4:00 pm on Sunday. Participants may stay at the Center Sunday night, checking out before 10:00 am Monday morning.

January 21-23: Overview of the program and a historical context

We will be focusing on “Understanding, practicing and mastering Mindfulness Meditation”

Historical evolution of Mindfulness. We will be studying all kinds of eastern mindful pathways.

March 11-13: Being a good student is the teacher

How to be a student and how to be a teacher. We will be studying various Buddhist teaching methods by studying several suttas.

April 29- May 1: On becoming a Bodhisatva

Understanding Bodhisatva mind and becoming a Bodhisatva (One who is working toward becoming enlightened.) We will be studying Buddhist Sutras to understand Buddhist way of life.

July 8-10: The Triple Gem

Understanding and utilizing the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.

August 19-21: Creating a Mindful Community

Understanding the different ways a Mindful Community can be developed, and what are the guiding principles for it.

September 30-October 1: Insight Meditation and Mind Culture

Being a life-long teacher using mindfulness. Utilizing Bhavana (Insight Meditation) and culturing the mind.


Minimum 1-year weekly meditation or more than 3 residential retreats under a qualified teacher.

You will have to submit a recommendation letter from your teacher if you are not a Triple Gem meditator.

Curious about what Karma is? join us in October and find out!

October 7th to 10th, 2021 (Thursday 6:00 PM to Sunday 3:00 PM)
Registration Due Date: Friday, September 10th, 2021
Teacher: Bhante Sathi
Retreat Format: Hybrid (online and in-person)
Fee: In-person ($350), Online ($200)
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In this part of the world, Karma is the idea of a suitable exchange. But have you ever wondered what the Buddhist concept of karma is? Kamma means the intentional action which may create energy to reproduce a similar reaction. Understanding the karma is helpful for planning the future and also rearranging your lifestyle. At this retreat, we will gain skills to achieve happiness by understanding Karma along with how it plays a role in your everyday life.

Teacher: Sathi has been practicing meditation for more than 35 years and teaching for 25 years. Sathi has traveled all over the United States and Europe to lead meditation retreats and workshops. Sathi is the founder and leading teacher at Metta meditation center.

Retreat is limited to 20 guests. Click here to register so you can reserve your spot!

Fee: For Online $200
For room and retreat $350
*the fee only covers retreat expenses. most participants make additional donations for food and teacher.

Food: Vegetarian breakfast and lunch will be provided. dinner will be a light snack.

Accommodation: This retreat is at the Metta Meditation Center. Your allocated room will be given at the time of registration. You will find the accommodations are not luxurious, but quite adequate for the purpose of the retreat. There is a scenic view of the lake and the meditation hall is quiet and spacious. Bedrooms are conveniently accessible. There are separate quarters for male and female participants. Most rooms have two beds so you will likely have a roommate. Rooms will be assigned based on same gender. If you have any preference of a roommate or a single room, please let us know in advance.

Attendance: Retreat participants are asked and strongly encouraged to start and end the retreat with the entire group. Any exceptions to this are only made by the teacher with special permission granted.

Clothing and Other Details: Clothing worn during the retreat should cover the entire body (for example long pants are preferred over shorts). Short sleeve shirts are acceptable though sleeveless shirts should be avoided. Clothing should be comfortable. Also, heavily scented perfumes/products should be avoided. There are members of the community who are sensitive to certain scents.

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Retreat Itinerary

Thursday Night Schedule:

  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Opening Night Welcome & Introduction (group in-person & zoom)
  • 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Group Discussion (group in-person & zoom)

Friday & Saturday Schedule:

  • 06:30 AM – 07:15 AM: Sitting Meditation led by a volunteer practice leader (group in-person & zoom)
  • 07:15 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and Independent Practice (individual)
  • 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM: Morning Teachings (group in-person & zoom)
  • 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Group Practice (group in-person & zoom)
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Walking/Movement Practice (individual)
  • 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch and Independent Practice (individual)
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Q&A (group in-person & zoom)
  • 03:15 PM – 04:00 PM: Group Sitting (group in-person & zoom)
  • 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM Mindful Motion with Yoga/Qigong (group in-person & zoom)
  • 05:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Walking/Movement Practice/Meal/Independent Practice (individual)
  • 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Teachings /Talk (group in-person & zoom)
  • 08:00 PM – 08:30 PM: Walking/Movement Practice (individual)
  • 08:30 PM – 09:00 PM: Chanting and Sitting (group in-person & zoom)

Sunday Closing Day:

  • 06:30 AM – 07:15 AM: Sitting meditation led by a volunteer practice leader (group in-person & zoom)
  • 07:15 AM – 08:30 AM: Meal and Independent Practice (individual)
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Teaching and Meditation (group in-person & zoom)
  • 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Closing practice (group in-person & zoom)

Kamala (Kamal)

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Bhikkhu Mihintala [Missaka] Kamalasiri is a guided meditation teacher, primarily focusing on Vipassana techniques sourced from the Buddhist Sutras. He believes this path will arm every sentient being against life’s different challenges.

In 1970, Bhikkhu Missaka Kamalasiri was born in Mihintale, Sri Lanka, near the site where the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa inaugurated the presence of Buddhism on this small island nation.
He has held a special interest in meditation since childhood. He started his practice under the guidance of Venerable Ananda Maitriya Maha Nayaka Thero. While there, he also received guidance from the renowned Dhamma teacher, Godwin Samararathne.

When he was only 14-years-old, Bhante received his novice ordination from his teacher, Balangoda Anandamaitrie, a well-known Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, who many considered a Bodhisattva. From there, he continued his training and education at the Vegirikanda Meditation Center and Gnanalankara Bhikkhu training center in Peradeniya. He earned his higher education at the Sangaraja Monks Training School in Kandy and Vidyodaya, Colombo.
For three years,Bhikkhu Kamalasiri lived in the Himalayan Mountains, researching Vajrayana and Hindu meditation techniques. He visited the Shivananda Ashram numerous times. Accounts of those visits were documented in a Sinhala language book titled, Mihidugiren Himagirata.

For a while, he practiced meditation in the caves of the Yelmo Mountains, where the Tibetan saint, Yogi Milarepa, once practiced. Bhante also spent some time at the Tusita Meditation Center.

Positions: From 1986 until 2008 he was the teacher of the Dhamma School in Peradeniya, and taught for a couple of years at the Bhikkhu Training College in Peradeniya. He was the coordination secretary in the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the wise secretary of the Kandy District Committee of Buddhist Authority, adviser for The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, and the adviser for the documentary “2550 Years of Buddhism in Sri Lanka”:

He was also a part of the Apprenticeship Program organized by the State of Department of the United States, a member of the Board of Trustee for the National Environmental Forum and the adviser for the same committee that issued the Bank of Ceylon coin.

He has written 7 books in Sinhala:
1. Minissu -“Humans”
2. Aprakata Bauddha Lokaya- “Unknown Buddhist World“
3. Heladiwata Wasiyathiwarayano, Sikim Mahinda The Sikkim Mahinda – “Monk who from the Himalayas to Sri Lanka”
4. Mihindu Giren Hima Girata – “From Minithale to Himalaya” National Literature Award Winner
5. Baudda Ahillaha Dakma – “The Buddhist World and Vision”
6. Asa Taru Saha Mama – “The Sky, The Stars and Me”
7. “Messiah”

He has had many published articles in newspapers and magazines in Sri Lanka and Australia, and also has spoken for radio and television.

Meditation Teachings out of Sri Lanka:
He has taught in Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, India, Nepal, China, England and Italy and the United States.

Instructor Sathi

Emerging spiritual interests in his early teens led Sathi to be ordained at age 19 in the Theravada tradition in his native country of Sri Lanka.  He also became Bhikku and practiced many years and counseled people from many walks of life using Buddhist teachings.

As a meditation teacher, In 1999 he became a resident at the Great Lakes Vihara in Michigan and traveled around the US and Canada teaching meditation and mindfulness practices, the teachings and philosophy of Buddha (Dhamma), and leading retreats.

In 2003 he made Minnesota his home where, with the support of friends, As A Teacher, he founded Triple Gem of the North in Mankato, which he made his home. He has traveled the state sharing meditation and mindful living. He has shared his wisdom, led retreats and given talks at various Minnesota locations including.

  • Visiting teacher at The Marsh, Minnetonka MN
  • Meditation Teacher at Carlton College, Northfield, MN
  • Meditation Teacher at Gustavus Adolphus College, St Peter MN
  • Guiding teacher at Triple Gem of the North, Mankato, MN
  • Guiding teacher at Chaska Mindfulness Center
  • Guiding teacher at Metta Meditation Center
  • Teacher and speaker at several other Twin Cities Area locations
  • Sathi has presented meditation techniques to local high schools and colleges.

Responding to invitations, Sathi has planted many seeds of Buddha’s teachings across the United States from which several have blossomed into centers started by Sathi:

  • Founder and Guiding Teacher Of Triple Gem Of the North, Mankato, MN
  • Founder of Oklahoma Buddhist Vihara, OK
  • Founder and Guiding Teacher of Mindfulness Center, Chaska, MN
  • Founder and Guiding Teacher of Metta Meditation Center, MN (Click here for the website)

Sathi has a particular interest in what is common to all traditions and all schools of Buddhism, particularly regarding the practice of meditation since establishing himself in Minnesota.