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Jhānas, Satipaṭṭhāna, and Dependent Origination
Dates: May 27, 2021 - Jun 06, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): Leigh Brasington

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This retreat combines the two main elements of the Buddha’s model of liberation: cultivating the meditative absorptions (jhanas), which lead to calm and clarity; and using the concentrated mind to gain insight into the nature of reality. We will explore the insight practices given in the famous Satipatthana Sutta and we will also delve extensively into the Buddha's teaching of the dependent co-origination (paṭicca samuppāda) of phenomena. 

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse 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.

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


Online Retreat: This retreat will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and teachers in our online retreats. When registering for an online retreat, please plan to attend as many sessions as possible. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this retreat (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:


Thursday, May 27

8:00 – 9:30 pm: Opening Session


Friday, May 28 – Saturday, June 5

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Instructions and Q+A

1:30 – 6:00 pm: interviews

8:00 – 9:30 pm: Dhamma Talk


Sunday, June 6

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Closing Session


Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.


Registration fees for online retreats are nonrefundable after the retreat start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the retreat will incur a $25 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.


  • 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.