The Liberating Practice of Jhana
Residential Meditation Retreat
With Richard Shankman
March 2 – 9, 2024
Quaker Center Ben Lomond, CA
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.
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.
Richard Shankman has been a meditator since 1970 and teaches at dharma centers and groups nationally. He teaches meditation 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.