UPDATE: As of 8/6/2018, this retreat is full and no longer accepting additional registrations. If you wish to add your name to the waiting list you may do so by replying to Tom@dharmazephyr.org, but please do not attempt to make any payments unless you are notified that a spot has opened up for you (or unless your registration has already been accepted).
The jhanas are eight progressive altered states of consciousness that can be identified with the aspect of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path called right concentration. Training in concentration leads to these states, each of which yields a deeper and subtler state of awareness than the previous one. The jhanas are not in themselves awakening, but they are a skillful means for stilling the mind in a way that leads in that direction, and they are attainable by anyone who devotes the time and sincerity of practice necessary to realize them. Jhana practice is helpful for gaining the deep insights necessary for ending personal suffering. The jhanas are an advanced topic in Buddhist meditation. Learning the jhanas comes more easily for those who have previously attended at least two one-week or longer silent meditation retreats and have a daily meditation practice of 45 minutes or more.
Leigh Brasington is a teacher of insight meditation who was the senior American student of the late Venerable Ayya Khema, who authorized him to teach the jhanas. Leigh has taught them, along with other insight practices, at well over one hundred residential retreats throughout the United States and Europe. He is casual and warm, and is skilled at providing individualized instruction during retreats. Leigh is also the author of the excellent and helpful book “Right Concentration, A Practical Guide to the Jhanas,” which was published in 2015.
This residential retreat will take place at scenic Camp Galilee on the lovely eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. The retreat is offered in one 10-day (9-night) length.
$670-$1,030 sliding scale, plus a voluntary donation (dana) to the teacher at the end of the retreat. The estimated actual per-person fixed rate cost for this retreat is $815. By selecting a rate above this level, your generosity supports those who need to select a lower rate to attend. Partial scholarships may also be available. The registration cost includes comfortable accommodation in a shared cabin, three delicious vegetarian meals each day, and staff services. Depending on attendance, single-occupancy rooms may be available upon request for $350 extra.
A minimum $250 deposit is required to secure your spot. The remaining balance is due by September 19, 2018, unless you are registering after September 19, 2018, in which case your full fee is due upon registration. Please make checks out to: Dharma Zephyr.
Compensation for the teacher is not included in the registration fee. There will be an opportunity at the end of the retreat to offer dana/donations to support the teacher and his ongoing efforts of serving the dhamma.
CANCELLATION: The $250 deposit is non-refundable. Cancellation by September 19, 2018: full refund except deposit. Cancellation between September 19, 2018 and October 10, 2018: one half of all payments except deposit. Cancellation after October 10, 2018: no refund.
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