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Jhanas and Emptiness

Residential Program
Dates: Apr 17, 2023 - Apr 30, 2023
Days: Monday - Sunday
Number of Nights: 13 nights

Instructor(s): Leigh Brasington, Heather Sundberg

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Course Description:

This retreat 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 and occasional Qi Gong practice will be offered as well. To support deepening practice, participants will check in individually with a teacher every three days.

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 course is sitting 2 one-week (or longer) residential or Zoom retreats.


The lottery will close at 11:59 PM US Eastern time on January 2, 2023 and spaces will be offered by January 9. Payment will be due three days from notification of acceptance. Click for more information about our lottery courses. 

Cancellation Policy:
During the pandemic, there is a cancellation fee of $50 for all residential programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. 2023: If you need to cancel your registration, please contact us as soon as possible. If you cancel two or more weeks before a program begins, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. If you cancel less than two weeks before your program begins, your full deposit is forfeited. If you have requested financial assistance, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. All cancellation fees support our Scholarship Funds.

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.