Exploring the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

An Intensive Study and Practice Program

with Cheryl Slean and Dave Smith

Monthly Starting June 4, 2016




During this 6-month intensive study and practice course participants will explore the transformative practice of Classical Mindfulness. The course is designed to provide an educational study-based curriculum within the context of teacher-lead workshops where the material will be discussed, practiced and processed with curiosity and kindness. This course will use as a study guide the latest book by Joseph Goldstein, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening.

Mindfulness is a comprehensive commentary on the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s essential discourse on mindfulness meditation that became the basis for the many types of Vipassana (or insight meditation) found today. Exquisite in detail yet wholly accessible and relevant for the modern student, both Mindfulness and the Satipatthana itself offer a profound experiential study of:

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness:
1). Mindfulness of the body: Including the breath, postures, activities, and physical characteristics.
2). Mindfulness of feeling: How the experience of our sense perceptions influences our inner and outer worlds.
3). Mindfulness of mind: Learning to recognize skillful and unskillful states of mind, emotions and thoughts.
4). Mindfulness of dhammas: Viewing experience through useful categories that support deeper understanding, including the five hindrances, the six sense spheres, the five aggregates, the seven factors of awakening, and the four noble truths.

Learning Objectives:
This 6-month course will have four key components.  

1). It will clearly teach the theoretical and practical underpinnings of mindfulness practice.

2). It will create a container—a supportive community where participants will practice together, process the teachings, and create an open and compassionate space to discuss challenges and insights that arise.

3). It will provide participants with a “toolkit” of mindfulness skills that can be integrated into their daily lives.

4). It will offer structured practice support and individually tailored guidance from experienced teachers.

The overall aim is to help participants further develop an effective meditation practice that stimulates transformation and healing.

Who Should Participate?
The course is appropriate for anyone looking to deepen their practice of mindfulness meditation. It will also be helpful for those aiming to integrate mindfulness techniques into their work with specific populations. Healthcare providers, educators, counselors, clinicians, social workers, thought leaders and change makers will receive concrete guidance in the practical applications of mindfulness as a catalyst for healing change.

Class Dates: 6/4, 7/2, 8/6, 9/3, 10/15, 11/19

Cost:  $325 for the six months, payable by the first class date. Please contact us if you need to make other arrangements.

Dave Smith is a Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, experienced speaker, and published author. Dave is trained to teach Buddhist meditation by Noah Levine. As a long-time Buddhist practitioner and recovering addict, Dave has been working closely with recovering addicts for over six years. He has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into jails, prisons, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities. He is the founder of the Against the Stream Nashville Meditation Center and teaches over 300 meditation classes and workshops a year. Dave recently relocated to Los Angeles.

Cheryl Slean has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1995. She was authorized to teach in 2007 and has offered mindfulness meditation and dharma at many venues including Seattle Insight, Against the Stream, Michael’s House, Refuge Recovery, Mindful Schools, Swedish Hospital, Santa Monica Hospital and Insight Community of the Desert. She’s received teacher training from Rodney Smith, Noah Levine and the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC). Cheryl is also a writer, filmmaker and educator working in the arts and sustainability, and is executive producer of VisionLA, Climate Action Arts Festival.

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.