Touching the Earth

Touching the Earth

“Enlightenment” by Marianna Rydvald

Dhamma Awareness Training
10-Month: January–October 2018
with Steve Armstrong and Kamala Masters


The purpose of my teaching of the holy life of the Dhamma is
not for gaining merit,
nor good deeds,
nor rapture,
nor concentration
but for the sure heart’s release.
This and this alone is the reason for the teachings of the Buddha.



Many sincere dhamma students’ aspiration includes:

  • more Dhamma knowledge,
  • regular practice guidance,
  • shared sangha-building,
  • refined guidance for progressive insight,
  • manifesting dhamma wisdom in compassionate daily activities,
  • reliable contingency plans for inevitable challenges ahead, and
  • the sure heart’s release.

To support these aspirations, we are inviting 41 sincere dhamma students willing to experiment with immersion in a dhamma lifestyle for 10 months:

  • to practice awareness in our daily activities
    sufficient to lay the foundation
    for deepening insight while on intensive retreats, and
  • to integrate those understandings into
    an enduring dhamma lifestyle of awareness, and
  • the sure heart’s release.

For these reasons and with the help of many, Steve has designed and is preparing to offer, in collaboration with Cloud Mountain Retreat Center and Kamala Masters, a curriculum of four modules comprising a Training in Dhamma Awareness to address these aspirations.


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Four-Module Training Curriculum

1)   “Activating Goodness” — Daily mindfulness practices

  1. 43 Weekly guided mindfulness meditation practices.
  2. Applied mindfulness training of one pārami a month.

More about Module #1


 2)   “Spiritual Friendship” — Weekly sangha-sharing

  1. Dialogue and guidance through practice check-in.
  2. Online discussion and sharing of pārami practice reflections, challenges, experiences, insights, etc.
  3. Break-out small group discussion on topic of your choice.
  4. Periodic conference calls.

More about Module #2


3)   “Dhamma Knowledge” — Monthly study of …

  1. Manual of Insight by Mahāsi Sayadaw,
  2. When Awareness Becomes Natural by Sayadaw U Tejaniya,
  3. Map of the Mind: Handbook of Abhidhamma (Steve’s), and
  4. Practical pārami commentaries.

More about Module #3


4) “Refining Continuity of Awareness” — Residential retreat

  1. January 12–19 “Remembering Mindfulness”
  2. June 29–July 8 “Stabilizing the Mind”
  3. October 19–26 “Unfolding Wisdom of Awareness

More about Module #4



Three-Module Option

If you cannot do Module #4 retreats, but would like to do Modules #1–3,

please click here to let us know.

Depending upon interest we may offer this option.

Fees will also be determined based on interest.



Logistical Information

Complete registration and logistical information can be downloaded here. An overview is provided below.

Key Dates


Payment Schedule


Dāna: the practice of generosity

Missing a Retreat or Cancelling Registration

Refund Schedule

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