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Jhānas and Emptiness

Residential Program
Dates: Apr 18, 2024 - Apr 28, 2024
Days: Thursday - Sunday
Number of Nights: 10 nights

Instructor(s): Leigh Brasington and Heather Sundberg

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Program Description:

This program explores training in the meditative absorptions and how they support deepening insights into emptiness. Instructions for meditative absorptions (jhanas) are taught from the lineage of Ayya Khema. Teachings and practices in maturing insight into emptiness are taught from influences in the Thai Forest tradition, with complementary perspectives from the suttas and also Mahayana teachings. Short periods of Metta (lovingkindness) practice will be offered as well. To support deepening practice, participants will check in individually with a teacher every three days.

This program will be offered residentially in Barre; Leigh and Heather will not be onsite and will facilitate and conduct interviews virtually via video conference. In the meditation hall, teachers will offer two video sessions of teaching and guided meditation per day for participants. To support deepening practice, participants will check in individually with a teacher every three days via video, in spaces set up for interviews.

Noble Silence:
Noble silence will begin with the opening talk on the first evening and continue through the closing session.

Experience Level:
Suitable for intermediate and advanced practitioners.


The prerequisite for this program is sitting 2 one-week (or longer) residential or online retreats.

Cancellation Policy:
This policy applies to all residential and Path programs. Please note cancellation fees are at most $50 for those receiving financial assistance. Prior to six weeks before the program start date, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs more than two nights and $25 for programs two nights or less. 50% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel between two and six weeks of the program start date. 100% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than two weeks before the program start date.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/covid-19/.

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 contact@buddhistinquiry.org.