COURSES & RETREATS

We offer these courses and retreats for students. Our courses are offered at no cost. Donations are accepted to contribute to our work and expenses to provide these teachings. All are welcome and no one is turned away for lack of funds.

 

INTRODUCTION MEDITATION PRACTITIONER COURSE

(3-HOURS)

This course is an introduction to the teachings and practices of Gotama Buddha.


Students will learn how a “life practice” is based on independent observation of Gotama Buddha’s teachings. Students will be introduced to how they can acquire wisdom through learning and practicing the teachings to liberate the mind on The Path to attaining Nibbana (i.e. Enlightenment).


At the conclusion of this course, students will have a start to learning these teachings and an introduction to meditation practice to eliminate discontent feelings from the mind such as sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, boredom, loneliness, guilt, fears, shyness, etc.

Teachings & Discussions
(Dhamma Talk - One of the following)

- The Four Noble Truths: Understanding The World View

- The Eight Fold Path: The Path for All Humans to Nibbana

- The Five Precepts: A Householders Guide to Daily Practice, What is Kamma and How Does It Affect Me?, & What is Merit? [or]

- Transforming the The Three Poisons: Greed, Hatred, and Delusion


Meditation

- Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation 

- Meditation Positions: Seated

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Upcoming Introduction Courses
Introduction Meditation Practitioner Course (3-hours)
Introduction Meditation Practitioner Course (3-hours)
Introduction Meditation Practitioner Course (3-hours)
 

BASIC MEDITATION PRACTITIONER COURSE
(30-HOURS)

This course focuses on guiding students in developing a solid foundation in the teachings and practices of Gotama Buddha.


Students will learn how to establish a “life practice” based on independent observation of Gotama Buddha’s teachings. Students will be guided in how to acquire wisdom through learning and practicing the teachings to liberate the mind on The Path to attaining Nibbana (i.e. Enlightenment).


At the conclusion of this course, students will have a theoretical foundation to start integrating and applying these teachings in daily life to include a consistent meditation practice to eliminate discontent feelings from the mind such as sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, boredom, loneliness, guilt, fears, shyness, etc.


Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talks)

- Life Story of Gotama Buddha

- Nibbana: What is “Enlightenment” or “Nibbana”? & Misunderstandings of Gotama Buddha’s Teachings

- The Four Noble Truths: Understanding The World View

- The Eight Fold Path: The Path for All Humans to Nibbana

- The Five Precepts: A Householders Guide to Daily Practice, What is Kamma and How Does It Affect Me?, & What is Merit?

- Meditation: Developing Your Practice

Meditation

- Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation and Loving-kindness Meditation 

- Meditation Positions: Seated, Lying, Standing, and Walking Position

- Buddhist Chanting in Pali

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Upcoming Basic Courses
Basic Meditation Practitioner Course (30-hours)
 

INTERMEDIATE MEDITATION PRACTITIONER COURSE

(30-HOURS)

This course builds on a students knowledge from the Basic Meditation Practitioner Course focusing on guiding students in strengthening their understanding and practice of Gotama Buddha’s teachings.


Students will learn how to improve their decision making through elimination of The Three Poisons, Cultivating Healthy Mental States, Understanding True Love, and Dissolving the Ego. Students will gain understanding of how to eliminate sabotage to their relationships. This course will guide students in developing the ability to realize a peaceful existence through cultivating a peaceful, calm, serene, and content mind with joy.


At the conclusion of this course, students will have a strengthened theoretical foundation while being able to integrate and apply these teachings in daily life to include a consistent and developed meditation practice.


Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talks)

- Transforming the The Three Poisons: Greed, Hatred, and Delusion

- Cultivating Healthy Mental States: Loving-kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity

- True Love: Love Without Attachment

- Dissolving the Ego: Ego Serves No Purpose

- Identifying Attachments: Cultivating Non-Clinging and Analysis of The Mind

Meditation

- Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation and Loving-kindness Meditation

- Meditation Positions: Seated, Lying, Standing, and Walking Position

- Buddhist Chanting in Pali

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ADVANCED MEDITATION PRACTITIONER COURSE

(30-HOURS)

This course builds on a students knowledge from the Intermediate Meditation Practitioner Course focusing on guiding students in deepening their understanding and practice of Gotama Buddha’s teachings.


At the conclusion of this course, students will have a deepened theoretical foundation while being able to deeply integrate and apply these teachings in daily life to include a solid meditation practice.


Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talks)

- The Difficult Human Existence: Sickness, Aging, and Death

- Eliminating Fears: Are You Really Scared

Animal to Human: The Evolution of Our Consciousness

- Symbolism of Teachings: Reminders Through Imagery

- Practicing in a World of the Unknowing: Relationships with Non-Practitioners


Meditation

- Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation, Loving-kindness Meditation, Meditation to Eliminate Sexual Cravings, and Meditation to Realize Non-Self

- Meditation Positions: Seated, Lying, Standing, and Walking Position

- Buddhist Chanting in Pali

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ACTIVE RETREAT

(BASIC)

(5-DAYS)

Have you participated in a silent retreat that resulted in challenges that were difficult to overcome during the retreat? Did you have an outstanding retreat experience to only have it fall apart after returning back to the “real world”?


Silent retreats can be helpful but you can often times have a significant challenge when returning back to an active life. The silent retreat is peaceful and serene with all the participants on their “best behavior” through dedicated meditation and training. But when you leave the silent retreat environment and face the real world, your retreat experience can often times get eroded and you are back where you started.


What is an active retreat?

An active retreat is an opportunity for you to experience a retreat environment to either develop or deepen your learning and practice of teachings that train the mind to be peaceful, calm, serene, and content with joy while also participating in normal activities throughout the retreat.


You will have the opportunity to learn teachings then integrate them into a normal active life through daily activities engaged in the local community.


In this way, you will learn and practice the teachings as part of a retreat atmosphere while engaging in daily activities inside and outside the retreat setting. This allows you to learn and grow while applying the teachings in everyday life. Learning through an active retreat will feel like a holiday with good wholesome people who are interested to understand how to develop and integrate teachings for a healthy body and mind into daily life.


One can not meditate their way to Nibbana or Enlightenment. The Enlightened Path requires learning and practicing teachings that include meditation but also many other aspects need to be either eliminated or cultivated in the mind based on personal choices.


You will have the opportunity to learn and practice these along with other teachings in this retreat.


This active retreat will provide you the opportunity to learn these teachings and practice them so that you will be able to integrate them into your daily life through wise personal choices to eliminate discontent feelings from the mind such as sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, boredom, loneliness, guilt, fears, shyness, etc.


After the retreat experience, we provide you on-going support to learn and practice the teachings through online guidance.


Daily Schedule


6:00 AM: Wake Up/Personal Hygiene/Free Time

7:30 AM: Meditation Guidance (Seated, Lying, Standing, Walking Positions)

8:00 AM: Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talks) 

9:30 AM: Breakfast

10:30 AM: Mindfulness Gong Bath

12:00 PM: Daily Activity Experiences with Lunch


Learn and understand local culture and historical sites
(Buddhist Temples and Cultural Tour Experiences based on seasonal availability.)


There will be two (2) days of activities outside the retreat setting. There will be three (3) days of free time within the retreat setting.


6:00 PM: Dinner

7:30 PM: Meditation Guidance (Seated, Lying, Standing, Walking Positions)

8:00 PM: Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers

9:00 PM: Free Time


The morning “Teachings & Discussion (Dhamma Talk)“ sessions will focus on learning the teachings that lead to Enlightenment or Nibbana as shared by Gotama Buddha. The evening “Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers” sessions will be dedicated to open discussion based on retreat participants questions and reflections from applying the teachings during the daily activities.


We will use the book “Developing a Life Practice: The Path That Leads to Nibbana” as a foundational text for this retreat. Teachings and discussions (Dhamma talks) will be sourced from this book. Participants are encouraged to read this book prior to the retreat and during the retreat.


Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talks)

- Life Story of Gotama Buddha

- Nibbana: What is “Enlightenment” or “Nibbana”? & Misunderstandings of Gotama Buddha’s Teachings

- The Four Noble Truths: Understanding The World View

- The Eight Fold Path: The Path for All Humans to Nibbana

- The Five Precepts: A Householders Guide to Daily Practice, What is Kamma and How Does It Affect Me?, & What is Merit?

- Meditation: Developing Your Practice


Meditation

- Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation and Loving-kindness Meditation

- Meditation Positions: Seated, Lying, Standing, and Walking Position

- Mindfulness Gong Bath: Passive receiving Mindfulness Gong Bath sessions.

- Buddhist Chanting in Pali

Click "LEARN MORE" in the below for a more detailed description of this retreat.

 
Upcoming Active Retreats (5-Days)
Active Retreat (Basic) (5-Days in Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Active Retreat (Basic) (5-Days in Chiang Mai, Thailand)
 

ACTIVE RETREAT

(BASIC & INTERMEDIATE)

(10-DAYS)

Have you participated in a silent retreat that resulted in challenges that were difficult to overcome during the retreat? Did you have an outstanding retreat experience to only have it fall apart after returning back to the “real world”?


Silent retreats can be helpful but you can often times have a significant challenge when returning back to an active life. The silent retreat is peaceful and serene with all the participants on their “best behavior” through dedicated meditation and training. But when you leave the silent retreat environment and face the real world, your retreat experience can often times get eroded and you are back where you started.


What is an active retreat?

An active retreat is an opportunity for you to experience a retreat environment to either develop or deepen your learning and practice of teachings that train the mind to be peaceful, calm, serene, and content with joy while also participating in normal activities throughout the retreat.


You will have the opportunity to learn teachings then integrate them into a normal active life through daily activities engaged in the local community.


In this way, you will learn and practice the teachings as part of a retreat atmosphere while engaging in daily activities inside and outside the retreat setting. This allows you to learn and grow while applying the teachings in everyday life. Learning through an active retreat will feel like a holiday with good wholesome people who are interested to understand how to develop and integrate teachings for a healthy body and mind into daily life.


One can not meditate their way to Nibbana or Enlightenment. The Enlightened Path requires learning and practicing teachings that include meditation but also many other aspects need to be either eliminated or cultivated in the mind based on personal choices.


You will have the opportunity to learn and practice these along with other teachings in this retreat.


This active retreat will provide you the opportunity to learn these teachings and practice them so that you will be able to integrate them into your daily life through wise personal choices to eliminate discontent feelings from the mind such as sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, boredom, loneliness, guilt, fears, shyness, etc.


After the retreat experience, we provide you on-going support to learn and practice the teachings through online guidance.


Daily Schedule


6:00 AM: Wake Up/Personal Hygiene/Free Time

7:30 AM: Meditation Guidance (Seated, Lying, Standing, Walking Positions)

8:00 AM: Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talks) 

9:30 AM: Breakfast

10:30 AM: Mindfulness Gong Bath and Gong Bath Training

12:00 PM: Daily Activity Experiences with Lunch


Learn and understand local culture and historical sites
(Buddhist Temples and Cultural Tour Experiences based on seasonal availability.)


There will be four (4) days of activities outside the retreat setting. There will be six (6) days of free time within the retreat setting.


6:00 PM: Dinner

7:30 PM: Meditation Guidance (Seated, Lying, Standing, Walking Positions)

8:00 PM: Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers

9:00 PM: Free Time


The morning “Teachings & Discussion (Dhamma Talk)“ sessions will focus on learning the teachings that lead to Enlightenment or Nibbana as shared by Gotama Buddha. The evening “Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers” sessions will be dedicated to open discussion based on retreat participants questions and reflections from applying the teachings during the daily activities.


We will use the book “Developing a Life Practice: The Path That Leads to Nibbana” as a foundational text for this retreat. Teachings and discussions (Dhamma talks) will be sourced from this book. Participants are encouraged to read this book prior to the retreat and during the retreat.


Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talks)

- Life Story of Gotama Buddha

- Nibbana: What is “Enlightenment” or “Nibbana”?

- The Four Noble Truths: Understanding The World View

- The Eight Fold Path: The Path for All Humans to Nibbana

- The Five Precepts: A Householders Guide to Daily Practice & What is Kamma and How Does It Affect Me?

- Transforming the The Three Poisons: Greed, Hatred, and Delusion

- Cultivating Healthy Mind States: Loving-kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity

- True Love: Love Without Attachment

- Dissolving the Ego: Ego Serves No Purpose

- Practicing in a World of the Unknowing: Relationships with Non-Practitioners


Meditation

- Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation and Loving-kindness Meditation

- Meditation Positions: Seated, Lying, Standing, and Walking Position

- Mindfulness Gong Bath: Passive receiving Mindfulness Gong Bath sessions.

- Buddhist Chanting in Pali

Click "LEARN MORE" in the below for a more detailed description of this retreat.