The jhānas (meditative absorptions) are a method of developing one-pointed concentration taught in the Theravādan Buddhist tradition. This intensive retreat will emphasize the application of the jhānas in a regular sitting practice and is intended for meditators with prior retreat experience. It will focus on the teaching of this technique and the application of the jhānas for enhancing insight practice. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence with sitting and walking meditation and personal interviews.
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Jhāna and Insight
Days: Sun - Sun (7 Nights)
Instructor(s): Jay Michaelson
Dr. Jay Michaelson teaches jhana in the Theravadan lineage of Ayya Khema and Jay's teacher, Leigh Brasington. Jay has been teaching meditation in Buddhist, Jewish, and secular contexts for fifteen years. He is the author of six books, including The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path (2015) and Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism and the Next Generation of Enlightenment (2013), and is an affiliated assistant professor at Chicago Theological Seminary. In his other career, Jay is the legal affairs columnist for The Daily Beast, a frequent commentator on NPR, and a longtime LGBT activist. Dr. Michaelson has held teaching positions at Yale University, City College, and Harvard Divinity School, and is on the board of directors of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.