Basic Mindfulness of Breath, Training the Sixteen Exercises of Anapanasati
An Eight Week Series with Mike Zittel
Friday Nights Starting July 10, 2015
7:30pm – 9:00pm
“There is that mindfulness of in-&-out breathing, Arittha. I don’t say that there isn’t. But as to how mindfulness of in-&-out breathing is brought in detail to its culmination, listen and pay close attention. I will speak.” SN 54.6
Breath focus meditation is one of the more common practices of meditation due to its ease of focus and support of tranquility. However the Suttas teach a comprehensive, progressive system of deepening and broadening this practice. Breath is not just a beginning practice to ready us for ‘deeper’ work, but instead can develop both Samatha (Calming concentration) and Vipassana (Analysis) and cover the entire path towards liberation. Join us in the training of these 16 traditional exercises as they intersect with the Basic Mindfulness practice and experience the potential for awakening available in each in and out breath.
Please note that this is not a drop-in class but is intended to be taken in it’s entirety. Please consider your commitment to the class before enrolling.
Cost: $20 per evening ($130 if paid in advance) plus dana for the teacher.
Some scholarships and work-study are available. Please write or call for info. NO ONE IS EVER TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS.
Michael Zittel began a regular Mindfulness sitting practice in 1985. He has augmented his training with studies in the Tibetan tradition in Kopan Monastery, Nepal; and in Rinzai Zen at Mount Baldy Zen Center. Since 1999 he’s trained in the industrial strength model of Vipassana meditation of Shinzen Young. He is currently a senior facilitator trained under Shinzen and since 2001 has conducted weekly sessions with individuals and couples aiming to apply Mindfulness and Vipassana skills to specific life issues. He has been in intensive Sutta study with Venerable Dhammananda Bikkhu of Maithree Vihara since 2013. He has taught meditation to both psychiatric outpatients and mental health professionals at South Bay Mental Health Center, and is currently working towards his Masters in Clinical Psychology. He is in the teacher training cohort under Noah and currently leads the 7am Morning Wake Up Call class each Friday at Melrose location.
This class will be held at 4300 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles