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David Nichtern

Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training 2019

With David Nichtern

This training will help you gain a more complete understanding of meditation practice and an overview of the stages of the Buddhist path. It will also help you to deepen your own practice, and develop your ability to present these teachings in a clear and genuinely helpful way to others in both a group and 1-1 setting.

Training Details

The program is aimed at those who wish to become more skillful in presenting meditation – such as yoga teachers, health care professionals, social workers, psychologists, educators, and fitness trainers. It will also be appropriate for those who simply want to deepen their own practice and understanding.

After successful completion of Level 3 and the full training program, Teacher Trainees will receive a certification of completion from Samarasa to teach meditation classes, lead group practice sessions, and work with individual students within the yoga studio environment or other appropriate contexts.
This program is taught by David Nichtern, who is a senior teacher in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This tradition combines a contemporary, secular approach to meditation with the ancient practices and philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism.

About David

David has been the Director of Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont (USA), Director of Buddhist Studies and Practice at OM Yoga Center (NYC), and Director of the Dharmadhatu Meditation Center in Los Angeles. He teaches meditation workshops and teacher training programs around the world and online, and also mentors individual students in person and via Skype.

He is known for his ability to present the richness and depth of the Buddhist tradition with a light touch, making it accessible and relevant. He created a weekly live broadcast available on YouTube and has online workshops available through His book “Awakening From The Daydream – Reimagining The Buddha’s Wheel of Life” was released by Wisdom Publications in October 2016.

David is also an Emmy winning, Grammy nominated composer, guitarist and producer. He is the composer of the classic song “Midnight at the Oasis” and has worked with a diverse range of artists including Christopher Guest, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon, Lana Del Rey, Stevie Wonder, Krishna Das. Jerry Garcia and many others.

Training Overview

Our weekend trainings will be very concentrated. There will be ongoing study and practice requirements between each level for those who continue to Levels 2 & 3 and who opt to take the full 100-hour certification from Samarasa.

See below for 2019 Training Dates. Please email to learn more.

Level 1: Introduction to Mindfulness + The Path of Meditation

June 7th- 9th

Level 1 is required for teacher trainees. Open to all.

  1. Learn the foundations of meditation practice.
  2. Understand and experience the benefits of meditation.
  3. Overview of the Buddhist path and stages of practice.
  4. Move toward helping others with their meditation practice and personal journey.

Level 2: Guiding Groups 

July 12th – 14th

  1. Continue to deepen and extend your practice and study.
  2. Develop clarity and communication skills for presenting meditation to others in a group setting.
  3. Intensive breakout sessions in which you will be giving talks in a group setting and receiving feedback from the Teachers and other Teacher Trainees.

Level 3: Providing Personal Instruction

August 16th – 18th

  1. Continue to deepen and extend your practice and study.
  2. Learn to work with presenting meditation in a one-to-one setting.
  3. Intensive breakout sessions in which you will practice giving personal meditation instruction and receiving feedback from the Teachers and other Teacher Trainees.

Samarasa Meditation TT 100-Hour Certification Course Requirements:

  •   4 Full-weekend Levels (in sequence 1-2-3-4) in person with David at Samarasa. 
    • Level 1 – June 7th – 9th
    • Level 2 – July 12th -14th
    • Level 3 – August 16th – 18th
    • Level 4 – Sept. 20th – 22nd


  • 4 Group Practice Sessions :

    • TT’s will be required to attend at least four 3-hour intensive meditation sessions either in person at Samarasa or via Zoom. Please see specific dates above.
      • Sunday, July 7th – 2p to 5p
      • Sunday, August 4th – 2p to 5p
      • Sunday, September 1st – 2p to 5p
      • Sunday, September 15th – 2p to 5p


  • Personal Practice:
    • An absolute commitment to a minimum of 5 sessions of mindfulness meditation per week during the entire program – minimum of 20 minutes per session. Students are asked to keep a personal log of meditation sessions. Journaling (please do not journal during sessions) is optional.


  • 2 Buddhist Studies Workshops with David at Samarasa:  
    • There will always be a Buddhist studies workshop the Friday evening before each level of the TT at Samarasa so students can choose any 2 out of the 4 Friday evenings listed above (June 7th, July 12, August 16th or September 20th.)


  • 4 Breakout Practice Sessions:
    • Students are asked to meet up outside of class time for 4 breakout practice sessions. Sessions should include 1-hour of group meditation practice and 1- hour of practice teaching a class as per mock sessions in Level 2.


  • Final Exam: 
    • Your final exam will consist of making a mock teaching presentation to the Assistant Director (during Level 4 weekend) as well as a written (via email) exam. These are required for certification.


  • 2 Mentoring Sessions:
    • Students are required to schedule 2 personal meetings with the Assistant Director to discuss your practice before the end of the program, either in person or via Skype/Zoom.


  • Reading assignments:
    • Your reading assignments will be at the end of your Level 1 Manual.
    • As indicated there are 3 required books to be read (at your own pace) in their entirety as well as several recommended additional readings.


Recommended (not required) Support Materials:

  • You can find many of David’s teachings concerning the dharma online. They have proven to be very supportive tools for trainees in the program.
  • The entire library of online talks is here:


  • Specifically Recommended for our 100-hour TT:


  • Gentleness & Precision


  • Meditation & Working with Strong Emotions


  • Going Deeper with Your Meditation Practice


  • Sense of Humor


  • Meditation, Contemplation & Action


 Upon successful completion of all of the above requirements you will receive your Samarasa – 100-hour Meditation Teacher Training Certificate. Your name will be posted on Samarasa’s list of certified mindfulness meditation teachers and you will be eligible to teach meditation classes at Samarasa. Of course you may present your certification as you see fit in other appropriate contexts.