MACC - Mindfulness, Awareness, Contemplation, Compassion Meditation in Everyday life
Introduction Meditation in Everyday Life…
The world became so small as technology advanced. It also made us so busy. We, the busy modern people, are chased by the daily agendas and our minds are always full of thoughts.
No time to relax. No space for settlement. However, many people gradually realize the importance of “taking time to look into yourself” , “knowing your true nature” and “becoming friend with yourself”.
To tame your wild heart and mind, we introduce you to the world of meditation practice.
Just like train your body to build the muscle or gain stamina, train your heart with meditation and develop concentration and stability. You can also learn to be compassionate to others and obtain ability to find out your mental habit.
We, the busy modern people, are the one who need meditation to find peace of mind within us. Don’t you think?
Workshop About Workshop
Simple meditation workshop for business people!!
David Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, as well as well known composer, producer and guitarist – a four-time Emmy winner and a two-time Grammy nominee. David himself is taking advantage of meditation practice to have balanced life as a successful business person.
We are going to hold four workshops that must be helpful for all the business people out there!! Themes are listed as below.
Fee : 5,000 yen (+tax) per workshop
Session : September 30, 2016 (fri) 19:00 - 20:00
Strengthening Your Mindfulness Muscle
Session : October 7, 2016 (Fri) 19:00 - 21:00
“Awakening from the Daydream: Reimagining the Buddha's Wheel of Life”
book launch workshop
Session : November 17, 2016 (Thu) 19:00 - 21:00
Finding Space in a Busy World
Session : February 10, 2017 (Fri) 19:00 - 21:00
Working with Anxiety, Stress & Depression
Teacher Traning About Teacher Training
This 100 - hour training program will help you gain a more complete understanding of meditation practice and deepen your own practice and study. It also develops an ability to present the teachings in a clear and genuinely helpful way to others.
Who is eligible
- Anyone with a genuine interest in meditation practice.
- Anyone who wants to move toward helping others with their practice.
- Anyone who wants to deepen your own practice and understanding.
- Yoga teachers who wish to become more skillful in presenting meditation.
- Social workers, therapists, social workers, etc. Who wishes to include meditation in your business.
- Learn directly from David Nichtern, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage.
- Learn how to lead group meditation sessions as well as teaching meditation to individuals.
- Upon completion of all levels, students will receive certification as a True Nature certified Meditation Teacher.
- Regular video session while David is not in Japan.
- Textbook and daily meditation journal will be distributed.
Level 1 Introduction (15 hours)
Study the basics of meditation. Clarify your understanding of the fundamentals of meditation practice and deepen your own practice.
Level 2 Intensive (15 hours)
Expand our understanding of the journey we are undertaking at various stages of practice.
Level 3 How to lead group session (15 hours)
Develop the communication skills to give instruction and lead practice sessions in group settings.
Level 4 How to lead individuals (15 hours)
Develop the skills to give instruction and lead individual sessions.
Live Video Session
Regular video sessions with David Nichtern while he is away from Japan to have more clear understanding of meditation practice.
Basic Practice Session
Meditation practice sessions lead by David Nichtern’s assistant. Reading materials will be distributed.
Intensive Practice Session
More intensive and longer meditation practice sessions lead by David Nichtern’s assistant.
Total 40 hours of practice sessions and study group from the above.
Upon completion of all 4 levels and with approval of David Nichtern, students will receive certificate of completion.
Fee : 250,000 yen (tax not included)
Teachers About David Nichtern
David Nichtern is a senior meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. This tradition combines a contemporary, secular approach to meditation with the ancient practices and philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism.
David has been the Director of Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont (USA),Director of Buddhist Studies and Practice at OM Yoga Center (NYC), Director of LA Shambhala Center, and Director of Expansion for Shambhala Training International. He teaches meditation workshops and teacher training programs around the world and online, and also mentors individual students in person and via Skype.
He is known for his ability to present the richness and depth of the Buddhist tradition with a light touch, making it accessible and relevant. He created a weekly live broadcast on ustream.com and has online workshops available through creativeLIVE.com. His book “Awakening From The Daydream: The Wheel of Life” will be released by Wisdom Publications in October 2016.
David is also an Emmy winning, Grammy nominated composer, guitarist and producer. He is the composer of the classic song “Midnight at the Oasis” and has worked with a diverse range of artists including Christopher Guest, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon, Lana Del Rey, Stevie Wonder, Krishna Das. Jerry Garcia and many others.
- Why meditate?
Through the practice of meditation, we can train our mind. We can also take a sympathetic, gentle and yet penetrating look at our habit. This sets the stage for us to let go of patterns and rituals that may have been embedded in our lives but do not actually benefit ourselves or others. Just as we can train our body to develop strength, flexibility, and stamina, we can also train the mind to develop clarity, concentration and stability.
- How can I learn to meditate?
First, take a good seat!!
One of the ways we could talk about this practice is just bringing more sanity, more grounded-ness to how we live. Buddha is often pictured touching the earth because he was grounded and practical. He said we are finally landing here, setting down on the earth and being present. The posture is a representation of that.
When we try too hard to calm our mind, we almost create more trouble to ourselves than we already had. But if we leave some space for “not-doing” the mind will settle on its own. Just like a glass of water still if we stop shaking it.
Many of us are a bit distressed when we first start meditating and we realize that we have almost no control over our most vital organ ? our mind. Our mind seems to just wildly jump around from topic to topic, randomly fixating, obsessing and then moving on to something else. That is why taming the mind or developing some kind of stability is the first step in meditation training.
Not a trance.
Mindfulness is a strong foundation for living. A steady mind can see more clearly what is going in within us and around us. Clarity is more important than learning to suppress the thought process and enter some kind of “peaceful” trans-like state.
- When is the right time to meditate?
You can meditate anytime. If you are a beginner, choose the time you can relax the most. When you get used to sit in a regular basis, it is recommended to sit at the same time everyday.
- How can I find a good teacher?
It can be helpful to have some clear instructions as to how to actually practice meditation before you start. The best way to find a good teacher is to look into teacher’s lineage. Who my teacher is taught from? Who is my teacher’s teacher? Find a teacher with good lineage.
- What do we learn from meditation?
Benefits you earn from meditation:
With meditation practice there are various benefits. Raging from becoming more peaceful, centered, kinder, and more efficient to becoming more compassionate and skillful in working with others. But none of those benefits can be realized if we don’t make the time to practice.
Build up your mindfulness muscle:
Besides settling the mind, mindfulness meditation develops a certain kind of strength, a sort of mindfulness muscle, and cultivates stability so that every thought doesn’t drag us out of the room. Hostile thoughts, sexual thoughts, thoughts about ice cream don’t just drag us away. We are able to be steady and present with whatever arises in our mind.
Awakening from the daydream:
In meditation we see the mind’s activity and can recognize that we are often completely carries away by our thoughts. Periodically, in meditation and sometimes in daily life, we actually awaken from “daydream” mind and experience a clear, if fleeting, moment of being present without a thick filter of thoughts and pre-conceptions. This kind of spacious clarity is valuable and some of our best insights and creative moments will arise from it.
Meditation is a great tool for living:
Once you get the hang of it, meditation practice is a tool you have for the rest of your life. When you need to center or calm down, it is a way of reconnecting with just basic being, You can let go of everything else. Don’t use the time to create more anxiety or to figure thing out. Just breathe and train your awareness back towards the present using the medium breath.
Awakening from the Daydream:Reimagining the Buddha's Wheel of Life
By David Nichtern