This retreat combines the two main elements of the Buddha’s model of liberation: cultivating the meditative absorptions (jhānas), which lead to calm and clarity, and insight into the dependent co-origination (paticca-samuppada) of phenomena. As part of our understanding of how these two teachings inform each other, we will look at selected texts from the Pali suttas, including the famous Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta, to highlight both the practice of concentration and insight into dependent co-origination. This course is limited to those who have completed at least two one-week silent vipassana retreats.
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Jhanas, Satipatthana and Dependent Origination
Days: Fri - Wed (12 Nights)
Instructor(s): Jay Michaelson, Mary Aubry
Mary Aubry attended her first insight meditation retreat with Rodney Smith in 1993. Since then, she has spent over 400 nights on silent retreat with Rodney and other insight teachers including over 60 nights attending jhana retreats. She is a teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington where she developed and co-taught the True Refuge Companion Program, which offers in-home meditation companions for the aging, ill, dying, and bereaved. In 2016, Mary teamed up with Charlie Halpern and others to teach mindfulness to employees of the Santa Clara County, CA, district attorney’s office. And, since 2016, Mary has been teaching jhana retreats nationwide in the style of Leigh Brasington, who authorized her to teach in the tradition of his teacher, the Venerable Ayya Khema.