Perspectives on Dependent Origination

Deconstructing Buddhist Psychology 

Daylong with Dave Smith and Mike Zittel 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

10am – 4pm 

Santa Monica


All schools of Buddhism acknowledge that the teachings of dependent origination are a key aspect of the Buddha’s Dharma. Essentially Buddhist psychology 101. This teaching outlines a universal law that governs human consciousness, perception and action. What this profound teaching describes is the way in which our personal world is constructed and created, moment-to- moment. Per the Buddha, human experience is patterned in a way that is clearly visible to us when we investigate this law. It describes not only the way in which our personal world arises and passes away; it also describes the ways in which suffering, craving and confusion are created and constructed.

Because it carefully tracks the arising of suffering, the clues to liberation are also held within this map, thus making it a model of awakening. We see both the problem and the solution within the same map. This very practical teaching can seem incredibly complex and profound; to understand it clearly can be the work of a lifetime. If we can get a feel for how it functions within our direct experience, it reveals a remarkable simplicity alongside its transformation potential.

This day-long event will consist of educational lecture, diagrams, handouts, meditation and time for some discussion. This event is appropriate for all who are interested, regardless of meditative experience.

COST: $35-$75 sliding scale, 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 one turned away for lack of funds.

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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.

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 1001a Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA. Click on the address for info on parking around the Santa Monica Center.