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TOUCHING THE EARTH: 2018 DHAMMA AWARENESS TRAINING
January 1 - October 26
Steve Armstrong
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Retreat cost: This retreat package is offered on a tiered scale:

Subsidized fee: $ 2250 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff
Sustaining fee: $ 2450 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff
Supporting fee: $ 2650 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Retreat cost: This retreat package is offered on a tiered scale:

Subsidized fee:
$ 2250 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Sustaining fee:
$ 2450 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Supporting fee:
$ 2650 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff


Thank you for your interest in Touching the Earth. Applications are now closed, with registration and wait lists at capacity. If you are interested in learning about future offerings from Vipassana Metta Foundation, please complete this form.

TRAINING OVERVIEW:


Many sincere dhamma students’ aspiration includes:
*****more Dhamma knowledge,
*****regular practice guidance,
*****shared sangha-building,
*****refined guidance for progressive insight,
*****manifesting dhamma wisdom in compassionate daily activities,
*****reliable contingency plans for inevitable challenges ahead, and
*****the sure heart’s release.

To support these aspirations, we are inviting 41 sincere dhamma students willing to experiment with immersion in a dhamma lifestyle for 10 months:
*****to practice awareness in our daily activities sufficient to lay the foundation for deepening insight while on intensive retreats, and
*****to integrate those understandings into an enduring dhamma lifestyle of awareness, and
*****the sure heart’s release.

For these reasons and with the help of many, Steve Armstrong has designed and is preparing to offer, in collaboration with Cloud Mountain Retreat Center and Kamala Masters, a curriculum of four modules comprising a Training in Dhamma Awareness to address these aspirations.


Four-Module Training Curriculum:

1) “Activating Goodness” — Daily mindfulness practices
*****43 Weekly guided mindfulness meditation practices.
*****Applied mindfulness training of one p?rami a month.

2) “Spiritual Friendship” — Weekly sangha-sharing
*****Dialogue and guidance through practice check-in.
*****Online discussion and sharing of p?rami practice reflections, challenges, experiences, insights, etc.
*****Break-out small group discussion on topic of your choice.
*****Periodic conference calls.

3) “Dhamma Knowledge” — Monthly study of …
*****Manual of Insight by Mah?si Sayadaw,
*****When Awareness Becomes Natural by Sayadaw U Tejaniya,
*****Map of the Mind: Handbook of Abhidhamma (Steve’s), and
*****Practical p?rami commentaries.

4) “Refining Continuity of Awareness” — Residential retreats
*****January 12–19 “Remembering Mindfulness”
*****June 29–July 8 “Stabilizing the Mind”
*****October 19–26 “Unfolding Wisdom of Awareness”



Scholarship assistance is available for this Training, including special assistance for young adults aged 18 - 35.

Please click here for detailed information about the content of the Training. The pdf contains a link to the Application to participate in the Training.
Please click here for policy and logistical details for the retreats.

To apply to participate in the Training and for more information, you can visit http://vipassanametta.org/wp/touching-the-earth on the Vipassana Metta Foundation website. For any questions not addressed there, you may email dhammaawareness@gmail.com.




Retreat #1: Remembering Mindfulness
January 12 - January 19
7 nights

This is the first retreat of the 2018 Dhamma Awareness Training, "Touching the Earth," and will be led by Steve Armstrong.


Retreat #2: Stabilizing The Mind
June 29 - July 8
9 nights

This is the second retreat of the 2018 Dhamma Awareness Training, "Touching the Earth," and will be led by Steve Armstrong.


Retreat #3: Unfolding Wisdom of Awareness
October 19 - October 26
7 nights

This is the third retreat of the 2018 Dhamma Awareness Training, "Touching the Earth," and will be led by Steve Armstrong.

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