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Mindfulness and Meditation – Teachers training program

We are so happy to announce that Triple Gem of the North is offering a Meditation/Mindfulness teaching certification. This certification attests to an acceptable level of knowledge and teaching skills required for mindful meditation teaching.

Registration for this program is closed. View our 2024 program here.


The history of mindfulness goes back hundreds of years, originating from Buddhist concepts. It did not become popular in the west until the late 1970s. Over the years, mindfulness has evolved to become an integrated part of schools, workplaces, and everyday life. In this training program, we will be diving into the original Buddhist teachings on mindfulness and how to become a successful teacher in this field.

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 (scriptures).
  • 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 content

  • Completion of assignments, including 40 hours of Zoom training between in-person workshops.
  • Around 120 hours between 6 weekends of in-person workshops.
  • Understanding of key principles of historical meditation methods (Buddhist, hindu).

To earn certificate 

  • Attending at least 5 workshops out of 6. All 6 workshops are recommended.
  • 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: $2700 ( $2500 if paid in full by Feb 15th 2023)
Option 2 - Installment Payment

  • Program Entry Fee (Due by Feb 15,2023): $1000
  • 6 Payments of $290

Fees will cover lodging and food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) expenses, and guest teacher travel expenses. The meals will be Vegan. Please let us know if you have any additional food restrictions, and we will do our best to accommodate you. You may also provide your own meals 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 3:00 pm on Sunday. Participants may stay at the Center Sunday night, checking out before 10:00 am Monday morning.

April 14-16 - 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.

May 19-21 - 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.

July 7-9 - 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 the Buddhist way of life.

Sep 1-3- The Triple Gem
Understanding and utilizing the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.

Oct 27-29 - Creating a Mindful Community
Understanding the different ways a Mindful Community can be developed, and what are the guiding principles for it.

December 1-3 - Insight Meditation and Mind Culture
Being a life-long teacher using mindfulness. Utilizing Bhavana (Insight Meditation) and culturing the mind.


Example Schedule

Friday

5:30 PM - Supper

6:00 PM - Teachings

7:00 PM - Guided Meditation and Guided Discussion

9:30 PM - End of Day

Saturday

6:00 AM - Meditation

7:00 AM - Breakfast

8:00 AM - Teachings

9:00 AM - Meditation

10:00AM - Mindful Movements 

11:00 AM - Teachings

12:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM - Independent Practice

2:00 PM - Q&A

4:00 PM - Teachings

5:00 PM - Meditation

6:00 PM - Supper

7:00 PM - Guided Meditation and Guided Discussion 

9:30 PM - End of Day

Sunday

6:00 AM - Meditation

7:00 AM - Breakfast

8:00 AM - Teachings

9:00 AM - Meditation

10:00 AM - Mindful Movements 

11:00 AM - Teachings

12:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM - Independent Practice

2:00 PM - Q&A

3:00 PM - End of Weekend Workshop 


Requirements
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 part of Triple Gem community. If you are unable to provide a letter, please email us about your situation.

Submit your application before January 31st, 2023

To sign up for the program, use this link