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.
Jhanas and Emptiness
Dates: Apr 17, 2023 - Apr 30, 2023
Days: Monday - Sunday
Number of Nights: 13 nights
Instructor(s): Leigh Brasington, Heather Sundberg
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.
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About the Instructor(s):
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 own in 1997. He is also authorized to teach by Jack Kornfield. Leigh has taught the jhanas, along with multiple insight practices, at well over one hundred residential retreats throughout the United States and Europe. He is the author of the books Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas and Dependent Origination and Emptiness: Streams Of Dependen
tly Arising Processes Interact ing.
Heather Sundberg has taught insight meditation since 1999, completed the Spirit Rock/IMS Teacher Training program under Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein, and is currently a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher's Council. For the last three decades, Heather has studied with senior teachers in the Insight Meditation and Vajrayana traditions, completing 3 accumulated years of retreat. Her teaching emphasizes embodiment, heart practice, and wisdom-awareness practices. www.heathersundberg.com.