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The Jhanas and Insight: A 10-day (9-Night) Residential Retreat with Leigh Brasington at Lake Tahoe

October 28 @ 3:00 pm - November 6 @ 1:00 pm

This retreat is now full. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, email tom@dharmazephyr.org.

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.

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 only.

Leigh Brasington (leighb.com) 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 books Right Concentration, A Practical Guide to the Jhanas (2015), and Dependent Origination and Emptiness: Streams Of Dependently Arising Processes Interacting (2021).

COST: $895-$1,350 sliding scale registration fee, plus a voluntary donation to the teacher at the end of the retreat. The estimated actual per-person cost for this retreat (if we used a fixed rate) is $1,052. By selecting a registration fee amount above this level, your generosity supports those who need to select a lower rate to attend. A non-refundable $350 deposit is required with registration to secure a spot. Registration fee balances will be due by September 16th. The registration fee pays for shared lodging, three delicious vegetarian meals per day and teacher transportation. A limited number of single rooms may be available for an extra $350, depending on space. Partial scholarships are available; contact registrar Tom Gray tom@dharmazephyr.org to apply for one. See Dharma Zephyr Scholarship Policy HERE.

DANA (donation): Compensation for the teacher is not included in the registration fee. The teacher offers these teachings freely in the tradition of the Buddha, and will gratefully accept voluntary dana at the end of the retreat. Dana for Dharma Zephyr will also be gratefully accepted.

TO REGISTER: This retreat is FULL. To join the waiting list, please email tom@dharmazephyr.org.


Please email tom@dharmazephyr.org to be added to the waiting list.

Registration will occur in two stages: 1) April 2-16, 2024 for Dharma Zephyr (DZIMC) participants only, and 2) April 17, 2024 and beyond for everyone until the retreat fills.

CANCELLATION: The $350 deposit is non-refundable. Cancellation before September 16, 2024: full refund except deposit. Cancellation between September 16 and October 7, 2024: refund one half of all payments except deposit. Cancellation after October 7, 2024: no refund.

COVID-19: In the spirit of lovingkindness and ethical behavior, DZIMC will follow all CDC, state, and local mandates regarding COVID-19. In addition, for the safety and wellbeing of our community, DZIMC strongly encourages, but does not require, that participants at our activities and events be vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. To care for all who attend our events, we ask that if you are sick (cold, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc.) or have had a fever, vomiting or diarrhea in the 24 hours prior to an event, that you not attend the event. For more information, read the complete DZIMC COVID-19 and Wellness Policy.

To attend this retreat DZIMC requires that you show proof of a negative COVID antigen test (home test) obtained less than 48 hours before the retreat. You may test yourself before arrival and show a photograph of your result. If you have medical insurance or are on Medicare, free test kits are available at most major pharmacies. DZIMC will have some test kits available at check-in.

QUESTIONS? Contact Tom Gray tom@dharmazephyr.org.

Dharma Zephyr Insight Meditation Community: Mindfulness of Breathing retreat at Camp Galilee

Photo: T.Gray


October 28 @ 3:00 pm
November 6 @ 1:00 pm
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Camp Galilee
1776 U.S. 50
Glenbrook , NV 89413 United States
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