Jhana Retreat, 2020
Registration opens on Thursday, July 23rd at 9:45 a.m. All retreats are considered silent retreats with the exception of Dhamma talks, question and answer periods including optional teacher interviews.
Jhāna: Pivotal to Buddhist meditation, though belonging inherently to the side of serenity, is a set of meditative attainments called the jhanas. Though translators have offered various renderings of this word, ranging from the feeble "musing" to the misleading "trance" and the ambiguous "meditation," we prefer to leave the word untranslated and to let its meaning emerge from its contextual usages. From these it is clear that the jhanas are states of deep mental unification which result from the centering of the mind upon a single object with such power of attention that a total immersion in the object takes place. The early suttas speak of four jhanas, named simply after their numerical position in the series: the first jhana, the second jhana, the third jhana and the fourth jhana. In the suttas the four repeatedly appear each described by a standard formula which we will examine later in detail. (The Jhanas in Theravada Buddhist Meditation, by Henepola Gunaratana, 1)
- The Jhanas in Theravada Buddhist Meditation by Henepola Gunaratana
- The Path of Serenity and Insight by Henepola Gunaratana
- Beyond Mindfulness: An Introductory Guide to Deeper States of Meditation by Henepola Gunaratana
- Who Is My Self by Ayya Khema
- Jhāna Samyutta (Samyutta Nikaya, 34. Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi) NOTE: Different translations are accessible at Sutta Central
On-site registration/check-in opens at 3:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Please arrive to allow enough time to complete registration here and settle in before the retreat begins. All retreats end after lunch on the last day.
Although every retreat is slightly different here is some additional information that we hope will be helpful: typical retreat daily schedule, mealtime practice, and the FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions.