Now Online: Jhāna, Step By Step – A Daylong Retreat

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Now Online Only: Jhāna, Step By Step – A Daylong Retreat
with Bodhipaksa
Saturday, March 21st, 2020 | 9:00am – 3:00pm ET
Due to COVID-19, this program will now be offered online only. Those who already registered for the in-person program will automatically be transferred to this online program. All registrants will be emailed the link to the online program a few days prior to the program.

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? During this online daylong retreat Bodhipaksa will break down the components of the jhāna experience and introduce a step-by-step approach to cultivating it.

At the end of this program, retreatants will have access to a video recording of the day.


Registration for this online retreat will close on Saturday, March 21st at 7am ET
This program was formerly a 2-day weekend retreat at NYI and is now a one-day program online. The registration fee has been reduced as a result. We are transferring all who registered for the in-person program to the online program. For those who are unable to join us online and considering cancelling their registration, we will honor all requests for refunds. However, the COVID-19 emergency has a devastating financial impact on all of us. If it is affordable for you to have a generous heart, please consider accepting credit towards a future program, or turning your registration into a donation. Thank you!

Please register at the highest level that your generosity offers.
Explanations of levels follow below.
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Registration Fees include Teacher Support

New York Insight Meditation Center has streamlined the registration fee levels. Members of our Circle of Friends are eligible to receive 20% off of the Sustaining Rate via a code provided in the email confirming membership, which you can enter after clicking the Sustaining Level registration.

*Benefactor Level: Supports NYI’s ability to offer the Subsidized Base.

**Sustaining Level: This level reflects the actual costs to support this program. Circle of Friends members eligible for 20% discount with code. Click here to join.

***Subsidized Base: Made possible by the generosity of Benefactor Level above and other donations to ensure participation by those requiring financial assistance.

If you have questions about your registration (cancellation policy, membership discount, email confirmation, etc.), please read our FAQs. If your question is not addressed in the FAQs, please email

If you are unable to pay the Subsidized Base Fee, you can learn about volunteering to offer work exchange and letting us know how much you are able to pay for this program by emailing




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 (, a prominent online meditation center.