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Jhanas, Satipatthana and Dependent Origination
Dates: Jul 28, 2017 - Aug 09, 2017
Days: Fri - Wed (12 Nights)

Instructor(s): Jay Michaelson, Mary Aubry

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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.

  • Dr. Jay Michaelson teaches jhana in the Theravadan lineage of Ayya Khema and Jay's teacher, Leigh Brasington. Jay has been teaching meditation in Buddhist, Jewish, and secular contexts for fifteen years. He is the author of six books, including The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path (2015) and Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism and the Next Generation of Enlightenment (2013), and is an affiliated assistant professor at Chicago Theological Seminary. In his other career, Jay is the legal affairs columnist for The Daily Beast, a frequent commentator on NPR, and a longtime LGBT activist. Dr. Michaelson has held teaching positions at Yale University, City College, and Harvard Divinity School, and is on the board of directors of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

  • 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.