with Senior Dharma Moon Teachers
Rebecca D'Onofrio & Noel Coakley

Sundays, April 7th – June 2nd, 2024 | 10am – 1pm ET


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This course is exclusively for graduates of Dharma Moon's 100-hour Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training

Many people these days struggle with feelings of isolation, separateness and disconnection, but the ways in which we attempt to alleviate these feelings often fall short. The very goals we seek through these attempts - connection, happiness and fulfillment - often elude us and ultimately remain beyond our reach, leaving us perpetually unsatisfied and disheartened. According to Buddhism, this is a root cause of suffering.

Metta, or loving-kindness meditation, is a transformative practice that addresses this suffering by awakening the heart's potential for wisdom and compassion.

Metta practice opens our hearts by focusing on generating feelings of goodwill toward ourselves as well as others, cutting through our ego's tendency to create a false sense of separateness, leading to a greater sense of awareness and connection with the world around us.

The benefits of this practice include increased feelings of well-being, gratitude, empathy and compassion. It decreases pain and stress by creating a spacious atmosphere of kindness and acceptance toward whatever we experience. 

Building on the skills taught during Dharma Moon's 100-hour Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training, the Metta (Loving-Kindness) Meditation Teacher Training provides meditation teachers with a comprehensive introduction to the background, teachings and practice of Metta Meditation along with the methodology, tools and skills to teach and guide this profound practice to others.

Loving-kindness meditation can be a powerful tool for meditation teachers to help their students:

  • Enhance empathy and compassion
  • Better manage mental health and challenging emotions
  • Improve interpersonal relationships
  • Deepen self-acceptance and self-love
  • Promote a sense of connectedness and interdependence
  • Cultivate patience and tolerance
  • Build emotional resilience
Register today for $595!

In this teacher training, you will receive:

  • An extensive introduction to Metta Meditation principles and practices.
  • Detailed lectures on various aspects of Metta Meditation.
  • Methodology and guidance on teaching Metta Meditation.
  • Exploration of frequently asked questions and traditional obstacles and hindrances in Metta practice.
  • Live guided Metta meditation sessions and interactive group discussions.
  • Practice and refinement of teaching skills in simulated groups.
  • Q&A sessions with experienced teachers.
  • A training manual with detailed instructions on how to guide Metta Meditation.
  • “Getting Started with a Metta Meditation Practice” instructional handout to share with your own students.
  • 90 min Metta Meditation Class Syllabus to base your own classes on.
  • Access to pre-recorded guided Metta meditations and exercises that can be adapted for use with your own students.
  • A vibrant virtual classroom and community forum for ongoing support.
  • Certificate of Completion (subject to meeting course requirements).
  • All class recordings will be archived and available for future reference and review.


Module 1 - Sunday, April 7th, 10am-1pm ET
  • Introduction to the Metta Meditation Practice 
  • Overview of the Four Brahma Viharas: Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, Equanimity
  • Q & A and Group Discussion

Required Course Text: Loving-Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg (not included).

Module 2 - Sunday, April 14th, 10am-1pm ET
  • Guided Metta Meditation Practice
  • Presentation on Loving-Kindness
  • Presentation on Compassion
  • Q & A and Group Discussion
Module 3 - Sunday, April 21st, 10am-1pm ET
  • Guided Metta Meditation Practice
  • Presentation on Sympathetic Joy
  • Presentation on Equanimity
  • Q & A and Group Discussion
Module 4 - Sunday, April 28th, 10am-1pm ET
  • Guided Metta Meditation Practice
  • Presentation on Absolute & Relative Bodhicitta
  • Review of the Frequently Asked Questions
  • Q & A and Group Discussion
Module 5 - Sunday, May 12th, 10am-1pm ET
  • Guided Metta Meditation Practice
  • Presentation on the Principles of Guiding Metta Meditation
  • Demonstration of Guiding Metta Meditation
  • Q & A and Group Discussion

There will be no class on May 5th.

Module 6 - Sunday, May 19th, 10am-1pm ET
  • Simulated Teaching Practice Groups | Session I: How to Present a Metta Meditation Class
  • Feedback Session with Peers
  • Q & A and Group Discussion with Presenters
Module 7 - Sunday, May 26th, 10am-1pm ET
  • Simulated Teaching Practice Groups | Session II: How to Guide the Metta Meditation Practice
  • Feedback Session with Peers
  • Q & A and Group Discussion with Presenters
Module 8 - Sunday, June 2nd, 10am-1pm ET
  • Guided Metta Meditation Practice
  • Review of Full Program
  • Q & A and Group Discussion
  • Graduation Ceremony


*We now offer Afterpay, which allows you to pay for this course with up to a 12 month payment plan.

Metta Meditation Teacher Training

Starts April 7th at 10 am ET!

Register now for $595


Rebecca D'Onofrio

Rebecca is the Program & Operations Director of Dharma Moon where she enjoys creating and organizing programs that support people along their meditation journey. She also serves as a Senior Teacher, providing training and mentoring support to the Dharma Moon teaching team. 

Rebecca is also the Director of RDYoga, LLC, a company she founded in 2014 that creates tailored wellness programming for a variety of organizations to help transform workplace culture and work life balance by integrating mindfulness and somatic practices. Rebecca is a certified meditation, yoga and fitness coach with over 15 years of teaching experience.

Rebecca is a dedicated Buddhist practitioner, having completed The Sacred Path of the Warrior, which is a series of in-depth trainings, courses, and meditation retreats based on the unique teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, as well as extensive study and practice of the three-yana Buddhist path within the Karma Kagyu lineage since 2013. 

Rebecca is passionate about integrating meditation as part of the dying process and has provided hospice care and end-of-life services to actively dying people and their families since 2015. Rebecca is passionate about normalizing the concept of death in society and considers it a sacred transition.  

Rebecca also serves as a Special Education Advocate for neuro-diverse and transgender/queer youth in the US public school system. This provides her with the ability to integrate and provide specialized learning support to the programs she creates and teaches.

Rebecca is an avid hiker & nature lover and spends much of her free time exploring the White mountains region of New England with her family.

Noel Coakley

Noel is an independently licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with a Master's degree in Counseling from Lesley University and Special Education from UMass Boston.

He is also a certified yoga instructor, supporting a holistic, mind & body approach to wellness. His experience from years as a special education teacher benefits his ability to support differentiated learning styles and needs.

Noel has been practicing meditation since 1996, beginning initially with the Indo-Tibetan traditions and then the Yundrung Bön tradition since 2013. Over the years, Noel has been fortunate to learn from many teachers, including HH the Dalai Lama and HH the 34th Menri Trizin

HIs first teacher was Lama Tsering Ngodup Yodsampa, from the Karma Kagyu lineage. He later studied with the psychologist and meditation teacher, Dan P. Brown, who introduced him to Mahamudra, Dzogchen, and a Rime style of practice. 

Noel’s main practice lineage is currently the Yundgrung Bön tradition, with his root lama, Geshe Tenzin Gelek Rinpoche, studying Bonpo Dzogchen from the Zhangzhung Nyengyud. 

Noel has been given the refuge name “Zhen Phen Gelek” - ‘Zhen Phen’ meaning ‘to bring benefit to others’ and ‘Gelek’ meaning ‘positive virtues, everything good'.’ 

In addition, Noel is a student of David Nichtern, founder of Dharma Moon, with whom Noel works as a Senior Teacher for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program as well as other offerings. 

As the founder and director of the Boston Center for Contemplative Practice, Noel has created a welcoming space where individuals can explore their own paths to healing, recovery, development, and flourishing.

Beyond his professional life, Noel is a loving father, husband, brother, musician, and friend to his dog, Clementine.



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