MINDFULNESS INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

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A FIVE MONTH / 200 HR ONLINE COURSE WITH LODRO RINZLER

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Starting this April, you can join a select group of students to train in becoming a meditation teacher. This is for people who have been practicing mindfulness meditation for over one year and who would like to offer this practice at work, to friends and family, and in the number of venues calling for mindfulness in today’s world. This does not certify anyone to become a Buddhist teacher or to teach practices other than mindfulness meditation. However, as you know, that one practice is absolutely life-changing.

This program is perfect for anyone who wants to share meditation through current modalities of work, or simply bring a more mindful approach to their lives and the lives of others.


WHAT YOU GET 🔷

Having studied Buddhism for twenty-five years, taught it for eighteen, and trained meditation teachers in NYC for the last three, Lodro Rinzler has now designed an in-depth curriculum that brings the traditional teachings of the Buddha to life and makes them particularly applicable to our modern world. In this course you will receive:

  • 20 pre-recorded Buddhist meditation talks - one half hour video each week

  • Monthly 45 minute private mentoring sessions with Lodro via Google Hangout

  • One daylong meditation retreat live-streamed to your own home 

  • 2x monthly : small group teaching situations where we discuss and practice teaching techniques

  • An accountability buddy to keep you on track with daily meditation practice…because teamwork makes the dream work

  • Guided audio meditation recordings to deepen your own practice along the way

  • Weekly readings that help you go further with your studies and keep you on track

  • A supportive community of fellow meditation practitioners to support you on your journey


WHAT YOU LEARN 🔷

  • A variety of techniques for practicing and teaching breath-based meditation

  • The view of meditation (as taught from the Buddhist perspective) that informs our practice and gives it context in our modern world

  • Posture clinic for working with physical concerns in meditation

  • How to work with students where they are at — from first meditators to more experienced practitioners

  • The most common obstacles we face in practice — and the antidotes that help us work through them

  • How to teach in a way that embodies what our practice represents

  • Much more on the view of meditation and its historical roots (read on)…


HOW IT WORKS // The three PROGRAM SECTIONS

SECTION 1

THE FOUNDATIONS : 10 WEEKS

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In this section we dive into what the Buddha taught on how we create suffering for ourselves and how we can stop doing that. It also includes the very applicable topics of Wise Speech, Wise Livelihood and the many ways we can “hack” mindfulness into our everyday experience off the meditation cushion. 

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Week 1: Overview of the Different Forms of Meditation and the Three Yanas, or Vehicles, of Buddhism

Week 2: The Many Lifetimes of the Buddha

Week 3: The Four Noble Truths

Week 4: The Eightfold Path (Part 1)

Week 5: The Eightfold Path (Part 2)

Week 6: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Week 7: The 12 Nidanas and How We Develop Ego

Week 8: The Five Skandhas (Aggregates) and How We Constantly Reify Ego

Week 9: Klesha, or Getting Hooked by Emotions

Week 10: Egolessness and Basic Goodness


SECTION 2

THE GREATER VEHICLE : 10 WEEKS

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Section 2: The Two Sides of the Mahayana (Greater Vehicle): Emptiness and Compassion

In the second section of this curriculum we get into the greater vehicle teachings that allow us to see our world with more fluidity and an open heart. While we start with the BIG topic of emptiness we then transition into how we can then have a profound effect on society through the truth of interdependence. Then we spend a number of weeks going through the traditional mind-training slogans of Atisha, which are practical reminders for how to bring these esoteric teachings into our work, family and social life. The course concludes with how we offer love more freely and an introduction into another BIG topic: tantra.

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Week 1: Emptiness of Self and Other

Week 2: Karma, Interdependence, and How to Help the World

Week 3: Lojong (Mind-Training Slogans) Part 1

Week 4: Lojong (Mind-Training Slogans) Part 2

Week 5: Lojong (Mind-Training Slogans) Part 3

Week 6: Lojong (Mind-Training Slogans) Part 4

Week 7: The Four Immeasurables (Ways of Offering Love) and Loving-Kindness Practice

Week 8: Compassion in the Modern Era

Week 9: Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity

Week 10: Introduction to Tantra


SECTION 3

THE MECHANICS OF TEACHING : CONTINUOUS THROUGH PROGRAM

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During the formal Buddhist curriculum there are also opportunities to meet every other week in small groups with Lodro for:

  • teachings on how to structure talks

  • opportunities to give and receive feedback on leading mindfulness practice and talks

  • exercises and teachings on looking at our power, positionality and unconscious bias

  • advice on how to build a livelihood as a mindfulness teacher

  • teachings on authentic networking and branding

  • advice on fielding questions from students


DATES AND RATES 🔷

The Dates: Wonderfully flexible - this program is meant to be done according to your busy life:

  • One-on-one meetings with Lodro can be scheduled at mutually agreeable times Monday-Friday

  • Small group meetings occur every other week starting the first week of April. Group schedule to be determined after enrollment to fit every student’s scheduling needs.

  • There is a practice requirement of 30 minutes of mindfulness meditation/day and students must keep up with each week’s video, both of which can be done at your leisure

The Rate: $1750 for the base rate, $2250 for students who desire double the one-on-one mentoring with Lodro

2 PoC and gender-non-conforming scholarships are available. Please email Lodro (lodrorinzler@gmail.com) to enquire further.

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Love this but aren’t interested in doing a teacher training?

You can have access to all videos for Sections 1 & 2, guided meditations, the online community and the one-on-ones with Lodro for $750. To sign up for that, click here.


🔷To apply fill out the form below

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About Lodro: Lodro Rinzler is the cofounder of MNDFL Meditation and is the award-winning author of six books: The Buddha Walks into a Bar; Walk Like a Buddha; The Buddha Walks into the Office; Sit Like a Buddha; How to Love Yourself (And Sometimes Other People); and Love Hurts. He has taught meditation for eighteen years in the Buddhist tradition and travels frequently for his books, having spoken across the world at conferences, universities, and businesses as diverse as Google, Harvard University and the White House. Dubbed “the cool kid’s Buddhist” by The Boston Phoenix, Rinzler’s work has been featured in The New York Times,The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, FOX, CBS, and NBC. He lives in New York City with his wife Adreanna and a menagerie of small animals.

The Fine Print: Please note that Lodro will only be accepting a limited number of participants into the teacher training this year so we recommend applying early. Full participation in the program is necessary in order to graduate. Given the limited number of seats, no refunds are offered once the program has begun. This program is intended for those who do not have access to an in-person teacher training program (if you live in NYC, Lodro recommends you apply to the training at the meditation studios he co-founded, MNDFL).


🔷FAQ

Q: What’s the difference between the teacher training and the five month Buddhist immersion?

A: The key difference is Section 3: the small group work where you receive additional teachings from Lodro on how to teach and practice giving instruction and receiving feedback from your fellow participants. If you opt to do the five month Buddhist immersion you still get to participate in the online community, receive 20 dharma talk videos over five months, meet with Lodro one-on-one during that time and get guided meditation recordings

Q: Well, I’m in. But the finances are tricky. Can I pay over time?

A: Payment plans for both programs can be discussed with Lodro if needed.

Have additional questions? You can reach out to Lodro directly at lodrorinzler@gmail.com.