Mindfulness in Early Buddhism

A Daylong with Dave Smith and Mike Zittel

Saturday, March 5

10am – 4:30pm



Over the last decade, Mindfulness practice has exploded into mainstream culture. The term “Mindfulness” has entered our everyday vernacular, and it seems it is here to stay.

So, what is Mindfulness?

In short, Mindfulness is the ability to objectively monitor the arising and passing of thoughts, emotions and sensations within the framework of present-time awareness.  In truth, Mindfulness requires that a host of concepts and practices are contemplated and cultivated. It challenges us to apply critical thinking, discernment, logic, ethics and a willingness to question old ideas and core beliefs.  Doing so offers us the ability to view our lives from a much newer and richer perspective.

During this daylong workshop, Mike and Dave will outline the practice and theory of Mindfulness as it’s outlined in early Buddhism and the Pali canon.  We will take a close look at the Satipatthana Sutta, the Anapanasati Sutta, and discuss the role of the Three Marks, as well as the practice and cultivation of the Bramha Viharas.  There will be detailed Buddhist teachings, guided meditations, a study guide, discussion and much more.  We hope you will join us in an honest and thorough investigation of the Buddha’s teachings on Mindfulness.

This workshop is appropriate for beginning and experienced meditators.

COST: Sliding scale $35 – $75, there will also be an opportunity to offer dana to the teacher. Work Scholarships will be available, no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.


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. In 2015 Dave relocated to Los Angeles where he teaches a class Sunday evenings at Against the Stream Santa Monica.

Michael Zittel began a daily sitting practice in 1987. He has practiced Tibetan Buddhism in Kopan Monastery, Nepal, and Zen at Mount Baldy Zen Center. His main practice is Vipassana meditation which he studied formally with Shinzen Young, starting in 1999. He was trained to be a meditation facilitator through Vipassana Support International in 2001. He has been in intensive Sutta study with Venerable Dhammananda Bikkhu of Maithree Vihara since 2013. He taught meditation to both psychiatric outpatients and mental health professionals at South Bay Mental Health, and is currently working towards his Masters in Clinical Psychology. He also works one-on-one with individuals helping them with their practice, and currently leads the 7am morning sits each Friday at Against the Stream Melrose. He recently completed Teacher Training with Noah Levine and Vinny Ferraro.

This daylong will be held at 4300 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA. Click on the address for info on parking around the Melrose Center.