MahaSati Essence of Mind Awareness Training is a long-term study-practice training (2 years + option for additional 2 years), for national and international intermediate/experienced practitioners with more than 5 years in Buddhist practice and more than 30 cumulative days of silent retreat (in any Buddhist tradition), who have a connection with Heather through sitting retreat with her or attending events with her.
This individualized training offers ongoing teachings, study, and meditation and daily life practice support in Accessing Pure Awareness/Empty Essence of Mind and familiarizing and stabilizing within experience from this deep wisdom perspective over time.
The format includes Modules of Recordings and At Home Practices,Monthly Individual Sessions with Heather, Live Zoom Events, Cyber Small Groups, and an Annual Online Retreat.
Main teaching and practice themes include but are not limited to: Mindfulness of the Body and Nervous System, Deepening Concentration, Accessing and Deepening Pure Awareness (MahaSati), Three Characteristics, untangling and releasing Defilements, Emptiness, Suchness, Dependent Origination, Heart Practice, Energy Practice and much more. This training is grounded in and influenced by the teachings and practices out of the Thai Forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism.
If you find yourself called to deepening your practice in a committed way and developing a relationship with Heather, please check the following Talk https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/202/talk/49778/ and if the teachings resonnate for you, email her at heather<at>heathersundberg.com.
Heather can send you more information, including a link to the MahaSati website with full curriculum and training information.
The next new MahaSati Training will be offered in 2024-2025.
Applications will open in spring 2023.
The other current trainings in progress began in 2016, 2022, and 2022.
“I’m so glad I joined the MahaSati training program with Heather! Not only is she a wonderful teacher who really takes great care transmitting the teachings and respecting the Thai Forest lineage, but she’s a genuinely caring person who really wants to make sure you succeed and understand the material. I’ve found the individual sessions, small groups, and larger group support to be invaluable as well, all of which has been wonderfully incorporated into the rest of the program. The program itself doesn’t move so fast that it requires a significant commitment from your life, but also gives you plenty to explore so you feel like there’s great value. You’ll have plenty to learn and play with! That being said, I think the most valuable aspect of this training program has been the way MahaSati weaves so many areas of practice together, along with the awareness practices that make it so unique. It’s a vast terrain that has the depth and mileage to support both deeper phases of practice like on retreat, and more supportive and relaxed phases of practice like in daily life.”
~ Nathaniel, AR
“The power of the MahaSati training is the continuity of commitment from our Teacher, our Sangha, and from myself. Heather provides clarity of teaching, a deep heart, and an intimate connection with her students. Her commitment is felt and reflected in our dedication to our evolving practices. The support and sharing from the Sangha feels like an embrace of an old friend. So comforting, so kind, and so encouraging. The truth of the Dharma is the guiding light of the practice, but the commitment and strength derived from this community has allowed me to trust my process and grow exponentially in wholeness.” ~Angela, NV