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Meditating with the Buddha: Deeper Dimensions of the Meditative Process

Residential Program
Dates: Oct 04, 2024 - Oct 09, 2024
Days: Friday - Wednesday
Number of Nights: 5 nights

Instructor(s): Gil Fronsdal

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Program Description:

This five-day program will introduce experienced meditators to the rich depth of the Buddha’s meditation instructions and teachings. We will utilize ānāpānasati (mindfulness of breathing) as the basis for delving into the often-hidden beauty and subtlety of the mental processes related to meditation that are described in the early Pali discourses of the Buddha. We will study the concepts of mind and body, shallow and deep attention, meditative abundance, unification of the mind, the impact of liberating insight, and the role of the imagination. The program is designed as a journey through the 16 steps outlined in the Ānāpānasati Sutta through teachings, reading of sutta passages, discussions, and guided meditations.  

This program is presented with the intention to familiarize participants with aspects of the Buddha’s teachings on meditation that are often overlooked in contemporary Buddhism. Participants will learn some of the key practices and mental functions that come alive as meditation deepens. They will also gain an understanding of the role that liberating insights have on the path to liberation. The hope is that this will inspire a deeper appreciation of the mind’s capacity for nourishing, unifying, and liberating itself as layers of reactivity (saṅkhāras) fall away.   

Noble Silence:
Noble silence will be observed following each evening session through breakfast the following morning.

Experience Level:
Suitable for intermediate and advanced practitioners.


At least four years of regular Buddhist practice, three 7-day or longer residential Insight retreats, and familiarity with the suttas.


This program will be offered by application. Applications will open on September 12th and close at 11:59 PM US Eastern time on May 6, 2024, and spaces will be offered within two weeks. Payment will be due two weeks from notification of acceptance.

Cancellation Policy:
This policy applies to all residential and Path programs. Please note cancellation fees are at most $50 for those receiving financial assistance. Prior to six weeks before the program start date, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs more than two nights and $25 for programs two nights or less. 50% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel between two and six weeks of the program start date. 100% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than two weeks before the program start date.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/everything-you-need-to-know/

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.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Gil Fronsdal has practiced extensively in Soto Zen and Theravada Buddhism training in the US, Japan, Thailand, and Burma.  He is a teacher at the Insight Meditation Center, the Insight Retreat Center, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, all in California.  Gil also holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies. His books include translations of the Dhammapada and the Book of Eights (Atthakavagga). For the last fifteen years he has also been involved in training Buddhist chaplains and spiritual care providers.