I’ve recently begun the training through Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society for their Facilitator 1 level training. My non-attached desire – as opposed to an attached craving! – 🙂 is to one day become a teacher through ATS, but that’s a post for another time.
This post is just to let people who are concerned about attending a peer led group that I have begun the year long training to become a Facilitator. A Facilitator is still not a fully empowered Buddhist Teacher, but it’s the next step along the way, and provides the trainee with skills and tools to help hold the space for a group with a little more support and training in doing so. See the quote from their site below for specific detail:
This training is designed for people who are now leading or who would like to lead a meditation group in their community. Over the period of one year we will meet as a small group with people from around the country to learn the basic skills of leading these groups.*
The training will include:
• Comprehensive study of the Buddha’s four noble truths and the brahma viharas
• Experiential exercises in leading guided meditations
• How to start and sustain a meditation group
• How to answer commonly-asked meditation questions.
* This group is not meant to empower anyone as a Buddhist teacher. It is only for the role of peer-based facilitation of meditation groups and basic meditation instructor.
Our group draws on teachings from many Buddhist paths, but is primarily led from the Theravada tradition as taught through the Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.
Please let me know if there are any questions regarding this. And thank you to our Sangha for supporting me and encouraging me as I proceed with this training!