“I THINK IN THE WATER ITSELF WE CAN SEE THESE QUALITIES AND ALL THE PHENOMENA OF THE MIND. THEY ARE SHOWING THAT THEY ARE THE TEACHER REVEALING THE PATH.”
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa
CALM PHILOSOPHY & the 'AMBP' Programmes
CALM Philosophy: The Waterfall, River and the Ocean
The ‘deep path’, or the Buddhist framework of mindfulness, explains the path of the meditation practice through the ‘Waterfall’, ‘River’ and the ‘Ocean.’ CALM Workshop/Course participants will experience that the state of our mind, when engaged in meditation, can mirror the activity of water. To help deepen this understanding, CALM philosophy and mindfulness-based methods are grounded in the experiences of the ‘Waterfall’, ‘River’ and the ‘Ocean’ mindfulness-based practices (read below). Then, please scroll down to the bottom of this page for more information on the Advanced Mindfulness-Based Practices (AMBP) Programmes such as the ‘AMBP 8-Week Courses’, ‘Calming the Mind Mindfulness Workshops’ and ‘AMBP Teacher Training Programme’ that are delivered by CALM. The AMBP Programmes have been developed, delivered, tested and researched over a period of 10 years by our CALM Founder Dr. Kumanga Andrahennadi through her professional work and the Ph.D. research at the University of Dundee, Scotland, U.K. The notions of the ‘Fourteen Natural Qualities of the Mind’ and the ‘Ripple-Effect’, developed by Dr. Andrahennadi, is a part of the theory and practice of the AMBP programmes. CALM currently offers LIVE Online workshops and courses such as the ‘AMBP 8-Week Course’, the ‘Introductory Calming the Mind Mindfulness Workshop’ and the ‘One-Year AMBP Teacher Training Programme’ that are all based on the AMBP framework.
Becoming the ‘Waterfall’: Mindfulness-Based Practices by CALM
At first, when we begin to meditate, we may experience the intense activity of our mind like that of a ‘Waterfall’ pouring over a cliff. During this practice, each time our mind wanders away, we may simply bring our attention back to observing the ‘Waterfall’. Deepening the practice, as we become the ‘Waterfall’, we can watch the water droplets (the activity of the mind) as they fall and merge into becoming a large circular pool. During the ‘Waterfall’ practices, allowing ourselves simply to become aware of the activity of the ‘Waterfall’ as it is can result in overcoming any misconceptions about the nature of the activity of the mind and the meditation practice. As a result, we may experience a calmer mind through the ‘Waterfall’ mindfulness-based practices.
Becoming the ‘River’: Mindfulness-Based Practices by CALM
As we continue to practice, our mind will eventually become a peaceful ‘River’ meandering through a valley. The intense activity of our mind gradually slows and loses its power to become more like a ‘River’. As we enter the ‘River,’ we’ll find our mind becomes calmer and our thoughts flow smoothly, with occasional interruptions like water running over rocks. As we explore the ‘River’ mindfulness-based practices, we will begin to experience the notion of cultivating the ‘Fourteen Natural Qualities of the Mind’. This notion relates to the arising and cultivating positive states of the mind such as acceptance, gratitude, openness, compassion and confidence, which will not become affected by our outer circumstances such as people or situations presented in life. As we continue to flow in the ‘River’ practices, we will begin to recognise glimpses of the gaps between our experiences. And as we continue to maintain the recognition of these gaps through the ‘River’ mindfulness-based practices, we will be able to extend the length of our awareness of these gaps, and as a result, our mind will become calmer and more clear.
Becoming the ‘Ocean’: Mindfulness-Based Practices by CALM
As we practice regularly over a period of time, eventually our mind will become the calm ‘Ocean’ without waves. Any disturbance of the mind, such as the waves of the ‘Ocean,’ will soon dissolve back into the vast ‘Ocean’ itself. As our ‘Ocean’ practice deepens, the clarity of our mind improves, and the insights gained through the practice will become like reflections on calm waters in a vast lake. As a result, we will be able to lessen our negative reactions, leading to a happier and balanced lifestyle and a flourishing of our overall well-being. The reflective nature of the ‘Ocean’ mindfulness-based practices can further guide us to recognise the notion of the ‘Ripple-Effect’ in gaining a deeper experience of the interdependent nature of phenomena. This direct experience can further help us to take ethical actions in life through recognising the interconnectedness of life and enabling us to better take care of ourselves and Mother Nature.
THE AMBP FRAMEWORK & PROGRAMMES BY CALM
Programme Overview, Development and Research:
The Advanced Mindfulness-Based Practices (AMBP) framework has been developed based on the Buddhist philosophical framework of mindfulness also known as the ‘deep path’, as well as the Western scientific framework of mindfulness also known as the ‘wide path’.
CALM currently offers workshops and courses such as the ‘AMBP 8-Week Course’, ‘Introductory Calming the Mind Mindfulness Workshop’ and the ‘One-Year AMBP Teacher Training Programme’ that are all based on the AMBP framework.
The AMBP framework has been delivered and tested for more than 10 years through the implementation of the AMBP programmes in different settings for children, young people and adults. The AMBP programmes have been developed and researched by our CALM Founder, Dr. Kumanga Andrahennadi, through her professional work and the Ph.D. research at the University of Dundee, Scotland, U.K. For more information, please visit the ‘Online’ training and the ‘Teacher Training’ pages within this website.
The ‘Deep Path’:
The AMBP Programmes explores the Buddhist philosophical framework of mindfulness, also known as the ‘deep path’, through the ‘Four Establishments of Mindfulness’ namely, ‘Mindfulness of the Body’, ‘Mindfulness of Feelings’, ‘Mindfulness of the Mind’ and ‘Mindfulness of Phenomena’. The ‘Four Establishments of Mindfulness’ will be explored together with the mindfulness-based practices of the water element under the themes of the ‘Waterfall’, ‘River’ and the ‘Ocean’. Aimed at students gaining a further insight into the true nature of our suffering (e.g. depression/anxiety), the AMBP Programme will further investigate the Buddhist philosophical terms the ‘Four Noble Truths’ and the ‘True Nature of Phenomena’. The students will also learn how to recognise and cultivate positive mental qualities such as equanimity, empathy, resilience and compassion as a method to alleviating mental suffering. As such, the students will learn to deeply experience and integrate the mindfulness-based practices from the ‘deep path’ into their daily lives.
The 'Wide Path':
In addition, the AMBP Programmes explores the Western scientific applications of mindfulness, also known as the ‘wide path’, through the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) framework. The students will learn key mindfulness-based practices from the ‘wide path’, such as the ‘Body Scan’, ‘Mindfulness of the Breath’, ‘Three Step Breathing Space’, ‘Working with Difficulty’ and ‘Mindful Walking’ practices rooted within the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) curriculum. As such, the students will learn to deeply experience and integrate the mindfulness-based practices from the ‘wide path’ into their daily lives.
The group enquiry aspect of the AMBP Programmes are facilitated through the method of ‘Bohmian Dialogue’. The dialogue/Q&A sessions will support the students in reflecting on their personal experiences of the mindfulness practices and clarify any questions they may have. These sessions will also help further expand students’ knowledge of integrating the mindfulness practices from the ‘deep path’ as well as the ‘wide path’ into their daily professional/personal lives.
Home Practice & Journaling:
To support you on a personal and an individual journey, during the ‘AMBP 8-Week Course’ or the ‘1-year AMBP Teacher Training Programme’, you will receive recommendations on how to integrate and reflect on the mindfulness-based practices through recorded guided meditations and a journaling process. And this way, you will learn to develop a regular practice in work/home environments.
REGISTRATION AND The ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATE:
All students who complete the AMBP Programmes (all workshops and courses) will receive a digital/paper certificate issued by CALM. Places are limited to a maximum of 25 participants per workshop/course. Please click on the ‘More Information’ buttons below to read more information and to reserve your place at the next LIVE online AMBP Programmes delivered by CALM. Please note that due to the current COVID19 pandemic, ALL AMBP programmes will be delivered only as LIVE online workshops/courses until further notice. Therefore, the ‘One-Year Advanced Mindfulness-Based Practices (AMBP) Teacher Training Programme 2021’ will be delivered LIVE online via ZOOM retreats (please click on the ‘more information’ button below).