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Integrating Emptiness in Sitting Meditation and Daily Life
Dates: May 06, 2022 - May 08, 2022
Online Course

Instructor(s): Bhikkhu Anālayo, Guo Gu

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In Buddhism, emptiness is not vacuity, nor is it a thing. It can be understood as relationships and possibilities. This Retreat will redress common Western misconceptions of emptiness to offer nuanced ways to appreciate and practice emptiness to embody buddhadharma in our lives. Teachers Bhikkhu Anālayo and Guo Gu will engage in a lively teaching experience on perspectives of emptiness as found in both early Buddhist texts and in the later Chan (Chinese Zen) tradition. There will also be teachings via guided meditations from both teachers and live question and answer periods on Saturday and Sunday. 


Online Retreat: This Retreat will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. 


Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online programs. When registering for this retreat, please plan to attend as many sessions as possible. The schedule of the retreat (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:


Friday, May 6

7:00 - 8:00 pm, Opening Session

Saturday, May 7

10:00 am – 11:30 pm, Morning Session

1:00 – 2:15 pm, Early Afternoon Session 

4:30 – 6:00 pm, Late Afternoon Session

7:00 – 8:30 pm, Evening Session

Sunday, May 8

10:00 – 11:30 am, Morning Session

1:00 – 2:00 pm Closing Session


The prerequisites for this course are:

Two years of consistent meditation practice.

At least one week-long meditation retreat.

Having read Bhikkhu Anālayo’s Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation.

Having read Guo Gu’s Silent Illumination: A Chan Buddhist Path to Natural Awakening.

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 Retreats are nonrefundable after the Retreat start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the Retreat will incur a $25 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.


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.

  • 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.

  • Guo Gu (Jimmy Yu) is a Chan (Zen) is the founder of the Tallahassee Chan Center and the founder of the socially engaged intra-denominational Buddhist organization, Dharma Relief. Guo Gu is also an Associate Professor of Buddhism and East Asian religions at Florida State University. He was the late Master Sheng Yen’s senior and closest disciples for close to four decades, nine of which as the master's attendant monk. He is the author of Silent Illumination (2021),  The Essence of Chan (2020), and Passing Through the Gateless Barrier (2016).