Dedicated Practitioner Program

Become a part of a community that will challenge, broaden and deepen your understanding and embodiment of core Buddhist teachings. The RMI Dedicated Practitioners Program is a six-month program for serious practitioners of Insight meditation to deepen understanding of the Dharma, strengthen practice, and integrate wisdom and compassion into our day-to-day lives.

In this program, we will study Buddhist suttas, traditional and contemporary texts and use the dharma, our meditation practice, and our sangha to understand ways suffering and freedom is created in our hearts, lives, communities, and the world. In addition to attending two half-day retreats, participants commit to maintaining meditative practice, completing readings/coursework, and attending twice monthly group meetings.

Students who have participated in the past two programs have found that Dedicated Practitioner Program (DPP) has had a profound impact on their meditation practices, providing a focus and inspiration for deepening their understandings of Buddhism and bringing the dharma alive in new and often unexpected ways. Recommended requirements for the program are 2 years of Dharma practice and residential retreat experience in the Insight Meditation (Vipassana) tradition.

The RMI Dedicated Practitioner Program runs for six months from October – March. The third cohort of the Dedicated Practitioner Program is planned to run from October 2020 – March 2021.

Topics Include:
  • Four Noble Truths
  • Eightfold Path
  • Four Foundations of Mindfulness
  • Four Brahma Viharas or Divine Abodes
  • The Path of Purification

Learning Engagement:

Study Curriculum:
Ongoing study of suttas, texts and contemporary Dharma writings with twice monthly study assignments for each topic.

Regular group meetings:
Regular group meetings will be offered twice per month. These groups will combine Dharma and text study with personal investigation into living and fulfilling our Dharma practice. Groups are held on a dana basis.

Communication:
We use email and the internet for communication with DPP members. To this end, we require that everyone who joins DPP has access to email and the internet, either through your own computer or through a family member or friend who would be willing to pass along all the messages related to DPP.  Also, the DPP facilitator may also use Zoom for virtual meetings.

Two Half–Day Retreats:
During the six month Dedicated Practitioner Program we will have two, half-day retreats. The first retreat is held three months into the DPP and the second retreat is held at the end of the DPP sessions. These half-day retreats are intended to allow time to deepen the meditative experience and to more fully integrate the course work, group meetings and study curriculum materials.

For More Information:
For more information please send an email to Matt Hane, RMI Meditation Teacher, [email protected]m.