“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” ~ T.S. Eliot
“What makes life meaningful?” I would answer, “Being authentically yourself in your relationships with other people and in the pursuit of your life’s work.”
This course looks at using your meditation practice as a way to come into radical acceptance of yourself as you are now, and using John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory as a model of how we connect with other people, how we can be completely ourselves in our relationships with others and with our work – living a meaningful life.
The meditation techniques offered in this 9-month intensive will be specific, simple and easy-to-do, so whether you already have an established practice or are just beginning you can benefit.
The nine-month intensive will include two classes per month on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, (18 total), from 2-4pm, at the Against The Stream Buddhist Mediation Society center in Hollywood, and two one-on-one interviews per month with a mentor via Skype, and Morning Meditation (a live guided-meditation six mornings a week via conference call).
So often with shorter class series, there comes a point where the training offered exceeds the mediation skills of the student, and the instruction becomes a seed for later exploration. With the 9-month intensive, the meditator will be able to develop the meditation skills needed to directly experience the insight offered as we move through the curriculum, so whether you already have an established practice or are just beginning you can benefit.
Scheduling & Specifics
The details of the schedule are still being finalized. The class may be pitched as an independent part 1 and part 2 (4 months and 5 months respectively) which can be signed up for individually. The classes are videotaped so if you miss a class you can keep up with the curriculum.
Class size is limited to 40 brick-and-mortar students. If you live outside the Los Angeles area, you can take the class remotely substituting the videotaped classes for the brick-and-mortar classes, meeting with your mentor via Skype and using Morning Meditation. We will accept 10 remote students.
The cost of the class is $2700 (10% off if paid in full). The tuition can be paid monthly with $450 down and $250 per month for 9 months on a recurring charge on a credit or debit card. The cost for remote students is $2300 (10% off if paid in full). The remote tuition can be paid monthly with $410 down and $210 per month for 9 months on a recurring charge on a credit or debit card. People using a monthly payment plan are obligated to pay the full amount of the tuition whether the course is completed or not. Cost for current mentees is $1,350 (or $150 per month).
Limited partial scholarships are available; please call or write for information.