Special Events

An Introduction to the Deep States of Concentration and Absorption known as the Jhanas

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Jan 30 (Sat)
10:00am - 5:00pm
Santa Monica
The Jhanas, commonly called the meditative absorptions, are a method of one-pointed concentration taught in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition. They consist of eight altered states of consciousness which can arise during periods of strong concentration.

The Jhanas are naturally occurring states of mind, but learning how to enter them at will and how to stay in them takes practice. Their principle use in Buddhist meditation is to generate ever increasing levels of concentration so that when the meditative mind is turned to a practice that tends towards wisdom, it can do that practice with far less distraction.

The retreat will consist of teaching and instructions on the 8 Jhanas, sitting and walking meditation, and questions and answers.

The student should understand that the study of the Jhanas is an intensive process that requires the time to train and practice. This course will provide an in depth overview with the understanding that to learn the Jhanas deeply requires the formal study of them in a longer retreat.

*This daylong is appropriate for students with some meditation experience. The Jhanas are deep states of concentration and may not be suitable for a beginning practitioner.

More on the Jhanas can be found at Leigh's web site at http://leighb.com.

Location Details:
InsightLA Olympic
1430 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Please note: Parking is metered every day from 9AM - 6PM, except on Sunday.
*This site is equipped with a chair lift for persons with limited mobility.
Contact teacher:
Contact by email (expect responses Monday - Friday, only)

Sliding scale from $40 to $150 per person.

Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This helps us make sure those who pay less can attend.

Whatever you pay above the lowest end of the sliding scale is a tax-deductible donation to InsightLA.

Please note: There are many ways to attend InsightLA classes and events. If you are unable to pay the suggested registration price, please contact us by emailing programs@insightla.org.

Enrollment Limit:
90 | There are still openings for this program.
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Contact Information:
programs@insightla.org or 310-450-1821
We are no longer taking registrations for this class/event.