Meditation Facilitator Training Application
Meditation Facilitator Training Program with the Rangjung Prison Dharma Project is a program through which meditators, specifically those who wish to move on to offering support to the incarcerated and or officer communities at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, learn to develop their own skills, voice and confidence within the role of meditation facilitators. Time will be spent developing ones' own voice through gaining literacy skills around one's own practice of meditation, how the practice works for us personally, and how we communicate these experiences to others.

The training is open to everyone of all contemplative traditions. We will work to provide a container of safety and respect as we journey together sifting through our own personal experiences in and around meditation, as well as learning to understand how we can help others highlight sources of strength and meaning within their own experiences. It is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to unpack their own contemplative practice to engage more directly from within the heart of our own spirituality, rather than the formalities of our intellect.

New York Tsurphu Goshir Dharma Center
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What interests you about this training and/or how do you envision using this training in your life?
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Are you presently working / studying and if so in what field?
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Do you identify with a spiritual or religious practice tradition?
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How long have you been connected to this tradition?
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Do you have someone who you consider to be your spiritual mentor or dharma teacher? If so, please say something about your relationship with this person.
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Describe how much time you spend on a weekly basis in meditation practice and what this type of practice typically consists of/appears (as?).
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Meditation Facilitator Training involves developing the ability to describe your own experiences in meditation practice as well as how to develop a sense of inner-literacy so that you can effectively share with others how your relationship to practice has made a difference in your life and present it clearly in a way that others can connect with. Please describe how a particular meditation that you have/or do practice has opened up your experience of yourself as well as the experience of the world around you.
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This training is not limited to people who wish to continue with us as volunteer meditation facilitators at Rikers (or other correctional facilities), however we will give special consideration to those who are interested in working with us after the training. Are you interested in this training to move on to work with us as a volunteer at Rikers?
Have you ever been involved in work in jail/prison/formerly-incarcerated settings? If so, please describe the type of work, location, amount of time, etc.
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Working in jail or similar settings involve exposure to difficult emotions and providing spiritual/emotional support to both the incarcerated and correction officers. What is your relationship to difficult emotions? What are your triggers? Likewise, what are your strengths?
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Do you have experience facilitating / instructing meditation / yoga or body practice / mindfulness, etc?
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Other relevant skills?
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Do you have other leadership of relevant facilitation or other trainings, or certifications that may be relevant in this context?
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It is important for participants of this program to have good emotional support in their own lives. What are sources of emotional support for you? Describe your own strategies of resilience.
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We are committed to developing and maintaining a community of Meditation Facilitators who reflect the diversity of the city in which we live. This includes diversity around race, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity/orientation, location to wealth and power, etc. How do you self-identify?
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Describe some of your personal experience with diversity in your life and dharma life (race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, size, (dis)ability, etc.) and how you have dealt with it.
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If you are someone from a generally less represented population in the western dharma world, what kind of support would you find helpful in order to participate fully in this training?
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Participants are asked to commit to not missing more than 3 classes, attending classes in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Does your location, schedule and life circumstance allow for this?
This application has a processing fee of $20 and the 9 week training has a cost of $180. We understand that some may be able to give more and others not so much, and may need to request financial assistance. Please know that the request for financial assistance will not impact your application in anyway. We are committed to diversity and will not turn away anyone solely based on the fees. Are you requesting financial assistance or a payment plan?
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Are there any additional thoughts that come up for you in completing this application, or anything else you would like for us to know about?
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Payment of the $20 application fee can be mailed to: New York Tsurphu Goshir Dharma Center, 250 44th St #304, Brooklyn, NY 11232. Please make your check out to New York Tsurphu Goshir Dharma Center. You may also pay online: http://www.goshir.org/giving/
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