This retreat is part of a year long path program called Cultivating Concentration and the Absorption States of Jhāna. Please click here for more information on the full program.
This five-night retreat will introduce ways to use the breath as the primary meditation object and lay the foundation for strengthening concentration (samadhi). This initial retreat will focus on nurturing conditions that dispel hindrances, enhance focused attention, develop balanced effort, and clarify the importance of right concentration. Deep tranquility, equanimity, and joy associated with concentrated states will launch our 10-month training in samadhi.
This retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, dhamma teachings, and consultations with the teacher. The majority of the time will be devoted to silent meditation practice with teacher guidance. There will be opportunities for group discussions to nurture community connections among practitioners dedicated to strengthening concentration.
This program includes dedicated periods of both wise speech and noble silence. Some contemplative exercises may involve mindful speaking and listening. Noble silence is to be upheld at all other times.
Suitable for intermediate and advanced practitioners.
This program is intended for experienced meditators. Participants must have an established daily sitting practice of at least 30 minutes for two years, and have attended multiple insight meditation retreats that add up to more than 20 days of retreat time.
Please read the introduction and chapters 1–2 of Focused and Fearless prior to the retreat.
This course will be offered by application. Applications will open on March 14th, 2022 and close at 11:59 PM US Eastern time on May 31st 2022, and spaces will be offered June 10th. Payment will be due two weeks from notification of acceptance.
During the pandemic, there is a cancellation fee of $50 for all residential programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs.
Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.