The Early Buddhist Meditation Path program is an in-depth study of meditation as it emerges in the early Buddhist discourses, extant in Pāli and compared with their parallels in Chinese and other languages. These are the sources that bring us as close as possible to the teachings of the historical Buddha. The program takes place over eleven months, from late August 2023 to mid-July 2024. Participants will join the teachers for three online retreats and optional meetings between the retreats. This live teaching will be supplemented with guided meditations, readings, and written meditation instructions available on Canvas for two months prior to each retreat.
This program is intended for experienced practitioners of meditation who wish to deepen their understanding of the canonical Buddhist source material. Participants are expected to commit to all three retreats, which build on each other as one continuous program. In order to register, you will need to have completed a residential or online meditation program with Bhikkhu Anālayo.
Participation in this program requires a commitment that is similar to in-person retreat practice. In case you do not meet the Path program prerequisites, or if it will be difficult to make adequate space in your life for an intensive online retreat, we recommend that you consider taking Bhikkhu Anālayo’s 9-week Satipaṭṭhāna Meditation or Mindfulness of Breathing program, which each meet just once per week and are easier to integrate into your work and family life.
Each retreat will be preceded by two months of guided audio meditations, readings available in pdf format for personal use, and written meditation instructions, with new ones released each week. The retreats will combine live question and answer sessions with Bhikkhu Anālayo, recorded teachings, guided meditation instructions, and 24h access to a virtual meditation hall. The retreats will also include small group discussions via Zoom and an online written forum, both supported by Dawn Scott, Rhonda Magee, and Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā.
October 20 – 29, 2023
April 5 – 14, 2024
July 5 – 14, 2024