OPEN HEART PROJECT

Buddhist Immersion & Meditation Teacher Training

15-Week Online Course
Starts march 18, 2023

What is this PROGRAM?

From self-help to stress-reduction, there are many ways to approach meditation. In the Open Heart Project, we view it as a sacred practice (that is also extremely ordinary). It is sacred in that it invokes deep transformation, the kind that does not come about from “working” on ourselves; it shows you who you really are. It is ordinary because, let’s face it, you’re just sitting there, doing nothing. The meditation technique involves your body (in the meditation posture), your breath (which serves as the object of your meditation), and your mind (which simply continues to produce thought because that’s what it does)—and that’s it. No matter what you do in this world, your body, breath, and mind will always be present. It’s the ultimate in “ordinary.” 

What happens when you take all your ideas, agendas, and intentions away and just…sit? Mysteriously, “just sitting” changes everything and for millennia, countless practitioners have reported increased wisdom, compassion, and courage—also known in the Buddhist tradition as the three qualities of the awakened mind.

In this program, we will look very closely at this ancient practice, its Buddhist roots, and how, if you would like, to teach it to others.

Whether or not you ever go on to teach, a close study of the teaching path will make the practice of meditation come alive for you in a whole new way. I invite you to investigate this for yourself. 

What MAKES THIS TRAINING DIFFERENT?

STUDY OF BUDDHIST PRINCIPLES

This training program is not about viewing meditation from a so-called “secular” point of view. To really understand what we’re doing, it is useful (and important! necessary!) to study certain Buddhist teachings. To separate the practice from the teachings that gave rise to it is to leave most of the magic on the table. 

THE ENNEAGRAM AS IT RELATES TO BUDDHIST PRACTICE

To help you gain insight into your own practice and how you might share it with others, we will also learn the enneagram together. The enneagram is a system that describes nine kinds of people. I’ve been studying it for as long as I’ve been a Buddhist practitioner: nearly 30 years. Though it is not connected to classical Buddhism, I find I use the enneagram every day in my work as a teacher. It is an incomparable support for making healthy connections with others and it will be a delight to share it with you. 

LIVE CLASSES IN REAL TIME

The Open Heart Project Buddhist Immersion and Meditation Teacher Training is a 15-week program for up to 45 students. It is not self-guided. It is live. You are not left on your own with a bunch of videos + instructions for how to use the material. Rather, you will meet as a class for two hours each week with me and a deeply wonderful group of guest teachers. 

THE SUPPORT OF A COMMUNITY 

Each week, new material is presented with plenty of time for discussion, questions, and small group breakout sessions. At the end of our time together, you will know much more: about the practice, how to share it with others, and, perhaps most important, about yourself. It would be a joy to go on this journey with you.

APPLY HERE

 

How does the program work?

From March 18 to June 24, we will meet on Saturdays from 10:00a ET to 12:00p ET. The only exception is Saturday, May 13 when we will participate in a full day of retreat, from 9:00a ET to 4:00p ET. This will be our chance to deepen, deepen, deepen.  

After each class, you will be assigned homework to write your response to that week’s class material. Homework is to be posted to our private, members-only forum before the next class and each student is asked to share their responses to at least two other student’s reflections. 

Midway through the program, during each class, students will break into pairs to practice offering meditation instruction to each other. 

During the final weeks of the program (May 27-Jun 17) each student will meet with me one-to-one to give me meditation instruction and discuss how the program is going for you.
 
During the final class (on Jun 24) there will be a test. Test questions are provided the first week of class so there is plenty of time for review. On test day, you will be asked to answer one question at random, orally and to the group.
 
In addition, each student will be assigned (randomly) to a group of up to 5 fellow students to meet for one hour mid-week to practice together and discuss the course material. These gatherings are peer-led. 

REQUIREMENTS For graduation

PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY

Attendance at each class is mandatory. You may miss one class—except for March 18 (the first class), the retreat day (May 13), or the last class (June 24). If you miss a class other than these, you will be asked to send me an essay recapping the material presented in the class you missed. We really mean this! No successful completion of the program if attendance gets messed up! So please make very careful note of the dates.

Each student will give me meditation instruction before the program ends. This is not to make sure you do exactly what I do, but to verify that you’ve made a personal connection to this practice. You should be able to teach it clearly without embellishing the technique but still sharing from the heart. 

There will be a test (also called a “Warrior’s Circle”). During the test, you will be asked to answer one question and one question only without referring to notes. There will be approximately 30 test questions but neither of us will know which question you are to answer until I choose it randomly. You should be able to answer the question accurately but in your own voice.

Who is this program for?

This curriculum was designed for everyone who has ever asked me, “how do I go deeper?” This program is for you, if you want to:

  • Learn more about what makes this practice so powerful
  • Learn more about Buddhism 
  • Know yourself better
  • Become a better communicator 
  • Make sure your practice is grounded in something real (i.e,. not the life-hack du jour)
  • Share meditation with others but aren’t sure how to invite them in
  • Spend time in community with others who share your interests
  • Teach meditation as part of your work as a yoga teacher, life coach, healthcare professional, team leader or any other profession that seeks to support others
  • You don’t know why you want to do this, you just do! 
 

What will I LEARN?

Who teaches the program?

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Susan Piver

Susan Piver is a Buddhist teacher and the New York Times bestselling author of nine books including The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern RelationshipsHer new book, The Buddhist Enneagram: Nine Paths to Warriorship, was published in September 2022.

In 2011, Piver launched The Open Heart Project, an online meditation community with nearly 20,000 members who practice meditation together and explore ways to bring spiritual values such as kindness, genuineness, and fearlessness to everyday life.

What do past students have to say?

UPON GRADUATION

  • You will receive a certificate acknowledging your successful completion of this program as a trained meditation teacher
  • An annual subscription to the Open Heart Project Sangha to continue your education and deepen your personal practice ($270 value) 

THE CURRICULUM

MODULE ONE The Power of Simplicity

March 18: 10am-12pm ET

Overview of the Program

  • Establishing the View
  • Keeping it Simple
  • Our Practice: Shamatha-Vipashyana Meditation
  • Mindfulness and Awareness in our Practice
  • Some Background on Our Practice and Where it Fits in the Buddhist Tradition
  • Container Principle

 

March 25: 10am-12pm ET

  • The Four Noble Truths  
  • The Eightfold Path as it Relates to our Practice
  • The Importance and Meaning of Discipline
  • Teaching People vs Helping Them to Discover Something

 

April 1: 10am-12pm ET

  • Three Steps to Keeping the Practice Sacred:
  • Make Offerings
  • Request Blessings
  • Dedicate the Merit
  • The Role of Renunciation
 

MODULE TWO: Opening Our Hearts

April 8: 10am-12pm ET 

The Four Immeasurable Qualities

  • Loving Kindness
  • Compassion
  • Sympathetic Joy
  • Equanimity

 

April 1510am-12pm ET  

The Six Paramitas

  • Generosity
  • Discipline
  • Patience
  • Exertion
  • Absorption
  • Wisdom

 

April 2210am-12pm ET  

  • Working with Strong Emotions
  • The Importance of Sorrow
  • The Broken-Hearted Warrior

 

April 2910am-12pm ET  

Introduction to the Enneagram: Part One

  • Triads/Centers of Intelligence
  • Subtypes
  • Hornevian Directional Theory
  • Uses and Misuses of this Wisdom when Teaching

 

May 610am-12pm ET  

Introduction to the Enneagram: Part Two

  • 9 types and 27 Subtypes
  • How to Type Yourself
  • How to Sense the Type of Others

 

May 13: 9am-4pm ET 

Day-Long Meditation Retreat

 

MODULE THREE: Entering the Sacred World

May 2010am-12pm ET  

  • Viewing Confusion as Wisdom
  • Ordinary Magic
  • Infusing the Environment with Richness

 

May 2710am-12pm ET  

  • Working with Energy
  • Raising Windhorse
  • The Power of Groundlessness
 

MODULE FOUR: Dharma, Work, and Money

June 310am-12pm ET  

  • Establishing a Teaching Container
  • Working with Individual Students from First Meeting to Establishing an Ongoing Connection
  • The Power of the Three Jewels
  • Establishing Boundaries
  • Obstacles Most Students Encounter

 

June 1010am-12pm ET  

  • Working with Groups
  • How to Give a Talk

 

June 1710am-12pm ET  

  • Establishing Yourself as a Teacher
  • Finding Your Comfort Level with Money
 

FINAL MODULE

June 2410am-12pm ET 

  • Our Test: A Warrior’s Circle
  • How to Stay Connected
 

The Time Commitment

Plan on spending 4-6 hours per week on class time, homework, and forum discussions.

What’s the cost?

NEW APPLICANTS
Buddhist Immersion & MEDITATION Teacher TRAINING PROGRAM: SPRING 2023

Early Bird Price: $1,895.00 (Until February 19, 2023)
Regular Price: $2,095.00 (Starting February 20, 2023)

Limited to 35 people.

Once accepted, please make payment within 10 days to secure your spot in the program.

Payment plans in three installments are available.

SANGHA MEMBERS
Buddhist Immersion & MEDITATION Teacher TRAINING PROGRAM: SPRING 2023

Early Bird Price: $1,625.00 (Until February 19, 2023)
Regular Price: $1,825.00 (Starting February 20, 2023)

Limited to 35 people.

Once accepted, please make payment within 10 days to secure your spot in the program.

Payment plans in three installments are available.

APPLY HERE

SANGHA MEMBERS APPLY HERE

ATTENTION MIT ALUMNI

To our post-grads of the MIT program, you’re invited to take this new training at a discount. We are making space for 10 alumni.

MIT ALUMNI
Buddhist Immersion & MEDITATION Teacher TRAINING PROGRAM: SPRING 2023

Post-Grad Price: $1,047.50 

Limited to 10 people.

Once accepted, please make payment within 10 days to secure your spot in the program.

Payment plans in three installments are available.

POST GRADS APPLY HERE

REFUND POLICY

Please note: Our refund policy is very strict.
Since attendance is limited, there are no full or partial refunds offered.

What happens when the program ends?

You have access to all class materials in perpetuity.

Graduates of the program receive an annual subscription to the Open Heart Project Sangha.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us here.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We will award two full scholarships for this program. 

Deadline to apply: February 15, 2023.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION HERE

 

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THE BUDDHIST ENNEAGRAM:
NINE PATHS TO WARRIORSHIP

“With wisdom, creativity and artistry, Susan Piver brings a Buddhist lens to the spiritual map of the Enneagram. The results are vibrant and nourishing; a banquet of insights that help us transmute our difficult emotions into pure expressions of our basic goodness.”

 – Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance

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