Jhāna, Step By Step: A Weekend Retreat at NYI

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Jhāna, Step By Step: A Weekend Retreat at NYI
with Bodhipaksa
Saturday, March 21st, 2020 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 | 10:00am – 4:00pm


“There is no jhāna for one who lacks insight (pañña); no insight for one who lacks jhāna. One in whom both jhāna and insight are found is indeed close to Awakening.” (Dhammapada, verse 372)

Jhāna, or meditative absorption, is an example of what modern psychology calls “a flow state.” In jhāna we’re effortlessly present with our experience: undistracted, calm, embodied, and joyful. This kind of meditative experience can seem unattainable to any but an elite of “expert” meditators. But is that the case?

You’ve probably been given very specific instructions on how to develop mindfulness. You’ve probably received very clear direction in how to cultivate lovingkindness. But jhāna — eventhough it’s traditionally considered to be the basis of Awakening itself—is usually left to chance. It’s no wonder that jhāna remains annoyingly elusive, or only happens out of the blue, often with us not being entirely clear how or why.

But, what if there was a simple, step-by-step way to let jhāna arise? On this two-day retreat Bodhipaksa will break down the components of the jhāna experience and introduce a step-by-step approach to cultivating it. You may or may not experience jhāna on this weekend, but you’ll certainly move in that direction and will come away with a whole new bunch of meditation skills!


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Bodhipaksa is a teacher of meditation and Buddhism, known for his accessible and down-to-earth approach to practice. Born in Scotland, he now lives in New Hampshire and has two children. He’s the author of several books, including “Wildmind: A Step-By-Step Guide to Meditation,” “Living as a River,” and “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha.” He is also the author of many guided meditation CDs and audiobooks, and is the founder of Wildmind (www.wildmind.org), a prominent online meditation center.