Breaking the Chains

Karma, Rebirth, and the End of Suffering

A Four Week Series with Mike Zittel

Four Fridays Starting February 3, 2017

730pm – 9pm



Karma and rebirth are deeply regarded in classical Buddhism, but are largely disregarded or awkwardly handled in contemporary secular Mindfulness. This 4 week series explores Buddhist theory of Dependent Origination as a relevant tool to understand our personal patterns of getting caught in stress, and train in methods of Vipassana practice to ‘still the formations’ and gain insight into the cessation of stress.

The class will be comprised of Sutta study, discussions on Buddhist Psychology, and guided meditation practice sessions. We hope you will join us for a sincere study and training in the dharma as a vehicle for self inquiry and liberation. It is open to students at any level of practice.

Class dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24

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.

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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.