Meditation Teacher Training
What are Meditation Teachers?
Meditation teachers are spiritual teachers and guides. They are grounded in spiritual and social philosophy as given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti so that they can teach it to others. Yama and niyama and the 15 Shiilas guide their behavior, and they serve as a moral example for others. From this core they give initiation in meditation and work with initiates to assimilate spiritual practices and acquire discipline.
Meditation teachers are dynamic individuals that contribute to the upliftment of society and to building spiritual communities. Community-building activities that reinforce spiritual growth and social connectedness include local dharmacakras, retreats, and other community activities.
Most importantly, meditation teachers are compassionate. And they have developed the expertise to guide others on the path.
Meditation Teacher Training
Meditation teacher training is a three-part program.
Part 1 is an online course that introduces the philosophy of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. This consists of three parts: an introduction to spiritual philosophy, a review of the social philosophy, and a highly interactive program on ethics and morality. These will be taught and facilitated by senior acharyas whose grounding in the philosophy is among the best on the planet.
Part 2 is a 10-day intensive immersion where there will be talks on the philosophical underpinnings of the mission in an environment of ample kiirtan and sadhana. This will be the opportunity to move the intellectual understanding gained from the online courses into a deeper understanding and commitment that emanates from the soul.
Part 3 is a 4-day program in which each meditation teacher demonstrates their understanding of the philosophical base and receives instruction on initiation.
Greg Henschel — Acarya Govinda
Acharya Govinda began teaching yogic meditation to the public in 1974, and has since led classes and trainings on yogic practices and meditation in various locations in the US and in Europe. He further developed core materials used in acharya training and led acharya training in the Philippines. Govinda lives with his wife, Francey in the Washington DC area.
Ravi Logan — Acarya Ravi
Acarya Ravi’s yoga practice spans 48 years. He’s traveled eight times to India for trainings and pilgrimages, and lectured and taught internationally, including in Jamaica, Russia, Korea, India, Philippines, Europe, and Cyprus. In 2002 he founded and has served as program director for the Dharmalaya Center, recognized as an important spiritual and community center in Eugene, Oregon. He’s developed and led Yoga Teachers Training, Yoga Life Training, and Dharma Training programs at Dharmalaya. He’s also served as an instructor in past meditation teacher and Acarya trainings. He is the primary author of the Ananda Seva Meditation Teacher Training Manual and developed the Ananda Marga Philosophy Home Study Program.
Alberta Pedroja — Acarya Ammadevi
Ammadevi has been meditating for almost 50 years. She took training to become an acharya in 2003 and launched a unit in Los Angeles. She is an experienced educator and public speaker. She will be offering the talks on leadership and some of the spiritual topics and working with trainees on their ability to provide classes. She came to Eugene to volunteer her time for one year in hopes of strengthening the organization and inspiring others to appreciate Baba’s glorious mission. Prior to coming to Eugene, she was a healthcare executive and she worked as a healthcare consultant, concentrating on change management and performance improvement.
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