Contextualising Mindfulness

The Mindfulness Course 2018-19 Module 1

20-25 February 2018 at Meditation Center Beatenberg, Switzerland

This module comprehensively explores the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta, one of the most significant early teachings on mindfulness that underpins all insight meditation and contemporary mindfulness based applications. The teachings of this early Buddhist text are the foundation of all eight week mindfulness programmes; this module specifically addresses the following topics and questions:

  • What is mindfulness? Providing a comprehensive understanding of how mindfulness is both a dynamic and effective tool for bringing about transformation and serves as a foundation for insight.
  • Why Buddhist psychology? Exploring what Buddhist psychology has to offer contemporary teachings of mindfulness.
  • Understanding dissatisfaction: How different dimensions of transformation become possible through mindfulness practice.
  • Exploring the landscape of distress: How Buddhist psychology and particularly the Satipaṭṭhāna-teachings that underpin all contemporary mindfulness-based interventions provide effective tools for bringing distress to an end by attending deeper to the present moment.


CHRISTINA FELDMAN is a co-founder of Gaia House and a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachussetts. The author of a number of books, she has been teaching insight meditation retreats internationally since 1976. She is one of the teaching faculty of the CDPP programme, dedicated to the study and application of the early teachings of the Buddha and is engaged in teaching the Buddhist psychological foundations of mindfulness to those training to teach mindfulness-based applications in England, Belgium and the Netherlands.


AkincanoAKINCANO M. WEBER is a Swiss Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist. A former monk, he has lived and practiced for 20 years in European and Thai Forest monasteries. Particular interests are early Buddhist texts, stillness and contemplative psychology. He is guiding teacher of Atammaya Cologne, Germany, part of the CPP programme, the MBSR-Institute Freiburg and teaches meditation and Buddhist Psychology in secular and traditional contexts in Europe and overseas.


Yuka Nakamura

YUKA NAKAMURA has practiced Buddhist meditation in different traditions since 1993 and has a PhD in Developmental Psychology. She was trained as a Dharma teacher by Fred von Allmen, has assisted a number of Insight Meditation teachers over many years and is teaching since 2014. Yuka works as an MBSR-teacher-trainer at the Zentrum für Achtsamkeit (CH) and is active internationally both as MBSR trainer and as meditation teacher e.g. at Beatenberg’s Meditation Center (CH) and at Barre's Insight Meditation Center (USA).


Booking details

The cost for this module is £460 (approximately, depending on the exchange rate for the accommodation cost), and a place can be secured by paying a deposit to Bodhi College. A link to the accommodation bookings page on the Beatenberg website will be sent to you with your booking confirmation, and the venue will liaise with you about personal needs, dietary requirements and the balancing payment.

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The Mindfulness Course 2018-19 curriculum

The Mindfulness Course (formerly the Mindfulness Teachers' Development Programme) comprises of four stand-alone modules designed specifically for those currently training in or teaching mindfulness-based applications in contemporary settings. The modules explore the foundations of mindfulness in Buddhist psychology and how these teachings inform contemporary mindfulness and continue to be a pathway to emotional and psychological healing and transformation.

Contemporary mindfulness-based applications are rooted in the early teachings of the Buddha that focus upon understanding the nature of distress, its arising, and the pragmatic path to bringing distress to an end.  Early Buddhist psychology provides finely nuanced maps that trace how our world of present moment experience is shaped and constructed.  Investigating, understanding and using these maps experientially is the key to developing a heart and mind that is rooted in clarity, insight and compassion. Classical and contemporary mindfulness teachings converge in the commitment to understanding the nature of distress, and developing our capacities for resilience, balance and responsiveness.

Each module includes periods of sustained meditative practice and in-depth teaching.  The teachers in this programme are all currently involved in mindfulness training programmes and have long histories in teaching retreats in more traditional settings.  The programme is recommended by both Exeter and Oxford universities as a significant contribution to the continuing professional development for mindfulness teachers. Certificates of attendance will be available for each module.

The modules are an opportunity for participants to:

  • Deepen their understanding of the breadth and depth of mindfulness as a pathway to emotional and psychological change
  • Continue to develop their personal practice in the company of peers
  • Enhance their competence, skills and understanding as a mindfulness teacher
  • Understand the links between the early teachings of mindfulness in the foundation tradition of Buddhism and contemporary mindfulness programmes

This programme is not a training in clinical skills but meant to compliment recognised mindfulness trainings

During each module there are periods of silence and time for informal networking and group discussion; the theory to practice ratio is 50/50.  There are four modules offered over a two year period: two in Switzerland and two in England. Each module can be attended on a stand-alone basis, although students are encouraged to attend all 4 modules if they can. For those who attend modules 1 and 2, a 10% discount will be available on the cost of modules 3 and 4.

The other modules can be booked here:

The Existential Challenge –Chris Cullen & Christina Feldman

1-5 October 2018: Sharpham House, Devon, UK
  • Three universal characteristics – acknowledgment and reconciliation. Dukkha – distress, anguish and struggle; impermanence and instability; and non-self are part of the fabric of all of our lives. Avoiding and fearing these characteristics serves only to deepen distress. Understanding and reconciling our lives with them are pivotal insights in freeing the mind from distress.
  • Embodiment – more than a concept. Mindfulness teachers teach not just through technique but through the qualities that they embody in their teaching. We explore what embodiment means both personally and professionally.
  • Understanding self-perception and the cognitive chain. This part of the module investigates the way in which self-perception and our world of experience is constructed, moment to moment.

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The Big Picture – John Peacock & Akincano Weber, assisted by Yuka Nakamura

18-23 February 2019:  Meditation Center Beatenberg, Switzerland
  • The construction of experience: this module focuses on exploring the core Buddhist frameworks known as the Aggregates (khandha-s) and Dependent Arising (paṭicca samuppāda).
  • The teachings on the Aggregates and Dependent Arising offer effective conceptual maps to disclose the complexity of what we call ‘experience’; they open up possibilities for insight and transformation of dynamic patterns that run through our everyday lives. Both teachings address what Buddhist psychology calls ‘becoming’ and ‘identification’ and offer specific tools and a psychologically pragmatic approach to mindfully re-form and ultimately free ourselves from self-constructs.

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Universal Empathy – Chris Cullen & Christina Feldman

30 September - 4 October 2019 (date tbc): Sharpham House, Devon, UK
  • The Brahmavihāras: these are the cultivatable qualities of friendliness, compassion, joy and equanimity, recognised in Buddhist psychology as indispensable allies in healing distress. Conversely, they are known to be most elusive in distress states.
  • In this module we explore how these qualities are explicitly cultivated in Buddhist meditative pathways and implicitly taught and developed in contemporary mindfulness-based applications.
  • The significance and importance of the interwoven nature of mindfulness practice and the Brahmavihāras are also explored.

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Recommended reading

See: Reading lists

12 titles: Buddhist Background – Buddhist Psychology – Four Establishments of Mindfulness

Additional Information

  • Participants are asked to contribute 1 hour of work a day, in order to help with the running of each centre during the modules
  • All teachings are offered on a dana basis
  • Please make sure you read the Booking Conditions before booking a module
  • View or download the PDF leaflet for this course
  • A limited number of bursary places are available for each module
  • February 20, 2018 - February 25, 2018
    6:00 pm - 12:00 pm



Venue Phone: +41 (0)33 841 21 31

Venue Website:

Meditation Center Beatenberg, Im Moos 820 A, CH, 3803 Beatenberg Waldegg, Switzerland

Beatenberg Meditation CentreThe Meditation Center Beatenberg opened its doors at the end of 2000. Since 1978 the precursor organisation, Dhamma Gruppe Switzerland, organized over a hundred meditation retreats and other Buddhist seminars under the guidance of qualified Asian and Western teachers. The center offers various forms of meditation from among the great wealth of Buddhist practices, continuing thereby a tradition of 2500 years, at the same time introducing forms and methods that are helpful in our modern times.

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Last updated: 2017/05/24