Calming the Mind, Opening to Insight


The Path and Practice of Mindfulness, Jhana and Insight

Online Meditation Retreat

Led by Richard Shankman

Saturday, Dec 4 – Friday Dec 10, 2021

8:15am – 9:30pm PDT

You may participate however much your personal needs and home circumstances will allow.

This retreat is offered on a donation basis.  Anyone is welcome to participate.

Join us for an opportunity to calm the mind and the body, and seek refuge by deepening your meditation practice and connecting with others in this online community.

To participate, email  We will send you full details on how to participate and access Zoom sessions.

A full schedule of sitting and walking meditation will be offered, including progressive meditation instructions, time for Q&A, guided metta (lovingkindness) and compassion sessions, and dharma talks.  There will be special support for beginning meditators.

Individual practice interviews can be scheduled with Richard.

Click here for the Daily Schedule.  While the schedule is written for Pacific Time zone, we hope those of you in other time zones will take this schedule and adapt it for your needs.

Click this link for Suggestions and Guidelines to set up supportive conditions in your home environment.

If you wish to offer donations to support the Metta Dharma Foundation click this link to donate through our Paypal account.  Please make a note designating if and how your donation should be divided between the Metta Dharma Foundation and the teacher.

Suggested sliding scale is $100 – $700.

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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