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Jhānas and Emptiness

Residential Program
Dates: Apr 20, 2023 - Apr 30, 2023
Days: Thursday - Sunday
Number of Nights: 10 nights

Instructor(s): Leigh Brasington, Heather Sundberg

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Course Description:

This retreat will be offered residentially in Barre, and Leigh and Heather will facilitate and conduct interviews virtually via video conference. Lottery is Closed. Participants will listen to Dharma talks in the meditation hall together and will take interviews in spaces set up for them.

This retreat explores training in the meditative absorptions and how they support deepening insights into emptiness. Instructions for meditative absorptions (jhānas) 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.

For programs 10 days or more, we will administer a second round of COVID-19 tests three days into the retreat. If all tests are negative, masks will be optional at that point.

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:
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 received 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.