Quaker Center Application April 2020

Calming the Mind, Opening to Insight

Residential Meditation Retreat

The Practice and Path of Mindfulness, Jhana and Insight

 With Richard Shankman

April 10 – 17, 2020

Location: Quaker Center, 1000 Hubbard Gulch Rd., Ben Lomond CA

Cost: $645 (cost does not include teacher dana)

To Register download the following 3 forms:

  1. Registration Application Form
  2. Liability Release Form
  3. Retreat Information Form  

Concentration and jhana are often taught as separate practices from insight meditation.

This retreat, however, will integrate concentration, mindfulness and insight into a single meditative path, using mindfulness of breathing as the foundational practice.

Practicing in this way, the mind becomes more collected and centered, leading to deepening states of concentration, peace, clarity and calm abiding, and culminating in states of unification of mind known as jhana. At the same time, awareness will be guided to open into mindfulness of the body and states of the heart and the mind, revealing the four foundations of mindfulness.

This integration of concentration, calm, mindfulness and jhana builds a strong foundation for the arising of insight.

Richard Shankman has been a meditator since 1970 and teaches at dharma centers and groups nationally. He teaches mindfulness of the breath and body that integrates concentration and jhana with mindfulness and insight meditation.

He is a co-founder of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and of Mindful Schools, and the author of The Experience of Samadhi: An In-Depth Investigation of Buddhist Meditation and The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation.

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