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Early Buddhist Meditation I: The Four Establishments of Mindfulness
Dates: Apr 09, 2021 - Apr 18, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): Bhikkhu Anālayo, Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā, Dawn Scott, Ann Dillon, Francisco Gable, Linda Grace

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This first course in Bhikkhu Analayo's three-part online series on Early Buddhist Meditation focuses on what is of practical relevance to actual meditation practice, informed by academic resources in understanding the four establishments of mindfulness. The meditative approach presented will combine all four establishments of mindfulness into a single continuous formal meditation practice that also relates to daily life practice.

Course Prerequisite: This program is not an introduction to meditation. To participate in this course, you need to have already sat at least two week-long meditation retreats or have already taken a residential or online meditation course with Bhikkhu Anālayo.

When registering for the first course, participants are expected to commit to all three retreats, which build on each other as one continuous program. 

Required Reading: Anālayo 2018: Satipaṭṭhāna Meditation: A Practice Guide, Cambridge: Windhorse Publications. 

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.

Online Course: Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and teachers in our online courses. When registering for an online course, please note that you should plan to commit to attending all scheduled sessions. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this course (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:


Welcome Meeting: April 9, 10:30 AM 

Q&A Sessions: April 10-18, 2021, 10:30-11:30 AM 

Optional small group meetings: April 10 - 18, 11:30-12:15. 

Other course materials include a daily pre-recorded video lecture and guided meditation audio file, which will be released daily at 11:30 AM and can be practiced with anytime throughout the day. Written discussion forums will be open for group communication throughout the course.


Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.


Registration fees for online courses are nonrefundable after the course start date.  


  • Bhikkhu Anālayo is a scholar-monk and the author of numerous books on meditation and early Buddhism, such as Satipatthāna: The Direct Path to RealizationPerspectives on Satipatthāna, and Satipatthāna Meditation: A Practice Guide. He is a Faculty Member at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, having retired from being a professor at the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg. His main area of academic research is early Buddhism, with a special interest in the topics of meditation and women in Buddhism. At the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies he regularly teaches residential study & practice courses, participates in online programs and undertakes research into meditation-related themes.  For a full list of Bhikkhu Anālayo’s publications, please click here.

  • Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā is a scholar-monastic and practitioner, born in Italy in 1980. She is the director of the Āgama Research Group and her main research interests are the early Buddhist discourses and Vinaya texts, as well as the development of the theories, practices and ideologies of Buddhist meditative traditions (for her publications, see here). Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā has been practicing meditation since 1996 and has been studying and collaborating with Bhikkhu Anālayo since 2007.

  • Dawn Scott has been practicing insight meditation since 2008 and coordinated Spirit Rock's Family Program for nine years.  She is a teacher-trainee in the current Insight Meditation Society’s teacher training program and is a core teacher of Spirit Rock’s Advanced Practitioner Program and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Insight Meditation's joint year-long program slated to start in early 2022.  Dawn has a deep love of long retreat practice and enjoys sharing the Buddha's liberative teachings.

  • Ann Dillon sat her first formal insight retreat in 2004, and her first concentration retreat in 2008. Over time her interests gravitated to the early Buddhist teachings, especially in the way meditative practice highlights conditionality and supports concurrent cultivation of insight and tranquility leading to development and culmination of the awakening factors.

  • Francisco Morillo Gable studies and practices Early Buddhism with Bhikkhu Anālayo and Gil Fronsdal. After fifteen years of rehabilitation with the Dhamma following an accident in 2003 that rendered him disabled, and after an extraordinary recovery, he devoted himself to sharing teachings. The focus of this work is serving underserved groups and the greater Spanish speaking world. He was born and raised in the Dominican Republic until the age of ten.

  • Linda Grace began meditating when she was quite young, and came to Buddhist practice in 1999. She is grateful to DaeJa Napier, her first teacher, who introduced her to the Brahmavihārā which have continued to be an integral part of her practice. She has been studying and practicing with Ven Anālayo since 2011. Her primary interest is ‘Early Buddhism’ (and the interweaving of study and meditation), in particular the teachings on dependent arising, emptiness and compassion. These teachings have also been invaluable to her in dealing with long-term illness.