Concentration Meditation and the Jhanas @ Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre [22 July]

Concentration Meditation and the Jhanas

09:30 - 16:30

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Spirit Rock Meditation Center
5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Woodacre, California 94973
Concentration Meditation and the Jhanas with Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder

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 reveals with heightened clarity our habitual patterns that cause us to suffer. As we build the capacity to turn away from these patterns, a laser-like awareness can develop, leading 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.

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