Concentration, Insight, and Emptiness: A Collective Wisdom Training

A Daylong with Mike Zittel 

August 13, 2016

10am – 4pm



The image of a lone seated figure deep in meditation is often associated with Buddhism. Oddly enough there was never a  word for meditation in the languages used during the times of early Buddhism.

So what is meditation and how does it relate to the broader ‘goals’ of Awakening?

On this day long workshop we will look at Concetration, Insight and Emptiness as interdependent and mutually supportive practices that coalesce as a recollective awareness used to steady the mind, a resolving awareness that processes “habit energy”, and a resourcing awareness that allows us to rest in our innate potential for awakening.

The day will be comprised of examining Suttas,  interactive discussions, and guided meditation practice sessions. We hope you will join us for a sincere study in entraining the dharma as a vehicle for self inquiry and liberation.

This workshop is appropriate for beginners and experienced meditators.

COST: Sliding Scale: $35 – $75, plus an offering of dana to the teacher. Please pay at the highest level you can afford to support our programs and pay it forward for those who have less.

Scholarships and work-study are available. No is 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 studies Buddhist Suttas under 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.