Samatha the Recollective Awareness: A Collective Wisdom Training
A Four Week Series with Mike Zittel
Four Fridays Starting October 7, 2016
730pm – 9pm
“[One] should question someone who has attained samatha: “How should the mind be steadied? How should it be made to settle down? How should it be unified? How should it be concentrated?”
Contemporary research points towards building attentional skills as an important factor in diminishing negative thought patterns. The Dharma states to be free we must ‘still the formations’ or settle the distracting rumination that pulls us away from the present moment. The term Samatha – (stilling, settling, calming focus) refers to practices that support calming the mind and stilling its tendency towards distraction.
By settling one’s attention in a way that cultivates calming or tranquility, the mind begins to naturally re-collect itself and settle into states of concentration. Once a pleasant abiding in the body with a recollected mind is established we are in a better place to begin to examine the habits of mind that often come to disturb the state of wellbeing.
Join us for a 4 weeks series dedicated to deepening cultivation of samatha, in sutta exploration, discussions on Buddhist psychology and in meditation practice.
Class dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28
Cost: $20 per evening or $70 if paid in advance. There will be an opportunity to offer dana to the teacher at each class (teachers receive a portion of the reg fee and are supported by dana). Please pay at the highest level you can afford to support our programs and those who have less. Some scholarships and work-study are available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Michael Zittel is a Buddhist meditation teacher, meditation mentor, and a therapist intern at Refuge Recovery. With over 30 years of personal practice and training in Mindfulness and the Dharma, his teaching values balancing Dharma theory and making meditation practical to today’s life. He has studied Vipassana with Shinzen Young since ’98, and is a Senior Facilitator in that tradition. He has studied Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada lineages in retreat settings in Asia and the U.S.; and has studied Theravdan Buddhist Suttas with Venerable Dhammananda of Maithri Vihara. In 2015 Michael was empowered to teach meditation and Buddha Dharma by Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society founder Noah Levine. He currently teaches classes, leads workshops and intensive series at ATS. Michael has extensive experience working with individuals mentoring their meditation practices in methods that genuinely respects one’s innate ability to awaken. Private mentoring sessions are available via Skype/Facetime. 310-800-8043.
This class will be held at 4300 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029. Click on the address for info on parking around the Melrose Center.