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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Concentration Meditation and the Jhanas
Tina Rasmussen, Stephen Snyder
Saturday, July 22, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code TR2D17.
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In concentration (samatha) meditation, we return our awareness to one object of meditation to the exclusion of everything else, thereby collecting and unifying the mindstream. Samatha practice is often referred to as “purification of mind,” and it does this in two ways. First, the practice reveals with heightened clarity our habitual patterns that cause us to suffer both on and off the cushion. Second, as we build the capacity to turn away from these patterns, a laser-like awareness can develop that can lead to profound stillness and joy, as well as the possibility of the arising of deep meditative absorptions known as the jhanas. The word “jhana” can be translated as the “burning up” of our habitual patterns of greed, hatred and delusion, which purifies our awareness and can deepen our vipassana practice.

This daylong is open to all and is especially intended for intermediate and experienced practitioners. There will be instructions and meditation, silence and periods of teaching and questions.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.


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