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Jhanas and Dependent Origination
Dates: Jun 26, 2019 - Jul 09, 2019
Days: Wed - Tue (13 Nights)

Instructor(s): Leigh Brasington

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This retreat will emphasize the application of the jhanas (meditative absorptions) in a regular sitting practice and is suitable only for experienced meditators with prior retreat experience. The jhanas are a method of one-pointed concentration taught in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. The course will focus on the teaching of this technique and the application of the jhanas for enhancing insight practice. It will be held in noble silence with sitting and walking meditation as well as personal interviews.

Learning Intentions:

To recognize the distinction between altered states and altered traits: how temporary states (jhanas) can help facilitate life-changing insights; learn how to use concentrated mind to investigate what's actually happening in experience; and understand what the jhanas are and how they relate to insight practices.

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:

Noble silence will be practiced for the duration of this program.

Prerequisite:

This course is limited to those who have completed at least two one-week or longer silent vipassana retreats.


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  • Leigh Brasington has been practicing meditation since 1985 and is the senior American student of the late Ven. Ayya Khema. Leigh began assisting Ven. Ayya Khemma in 1994, and began teaching retreats on his on in 1997. He teaches in Europe and North America and is the author of the book Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas.