"First, rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words; Second, rely on the teachings, not on the personality of the teacher; Third, rely on real wisdom, not superficial interpretation; And fourth, rely on the essence of your pure Wisdom Mind, not on judgmental perceptions."
Private Teacher Meetings provide support and guidance to help you learn, deepen, and integrate the benefits of meditation and mindfulness into your whole life.
While dialogue and questions are strongly encouraged in group classes, there are times when it's not fitting to ask personal questions or explore sensitive topics within a large group setting. Sometimes, an inquiry may need more time and attention than a group setting can provide. Private meetings can be immensely supportive for anyone who is seriously committed to their practice and learning.
Private meetings are open to all active RIM members who have already been introduced to mindfulness and meditation. We ask that you are sincere and committed to your learning and practice and prepared to engage in the inner work required for self-awareness and cultivation.
Private meetings are held in a supportive and contemplative framework. Please know that these meetings are not therapy sessions. Nevertheless, they do provide you with an opportunity to share honestly, sincerely, and intimately about your inner and outer life experiences as they relate to your meditation and mindful living practice.
This sincere and open sharing allows the teacher to suggest relevant meditation practices, home contemplations, and traditional dharma and modern mindfulness-based teachings.
Please be mindful of your intentions for scheduling a private meeting with the teacher. These sessions are not casual meetings. Instead, they provide meaningful support for your personal and spiritual development.
Please download and fill out a Private Meeting Worksheet before your meeting to ensure a meaningful and supportive session.
Each session is typically scheduled for a half-hour or an hour at a time. The frequency of sessions is determined on an individual basis. Sometimes one meeting is enough; other times, more frequent sessions are appropriate.