At Home Retreat – Jhanas, Dependent Origination, and Metta
Mary Aubry and Leigh Brasington
October 19 - 30, 2022
Due to technical issues with Southern Dharma’s website, we were not able to open registration for this program on August 1st as planned. Our new registration opening date will be Saturday, August 6th at 2pm ET. Please write a message to email@example.com if you would like to receive an email alert.
NOTE: Due to safety concerns on the part of our teachers, this retreat will now be offered in the “at home” (online only) format.
This retreat will emphasize the application of both the Jhanas (Meditative Absorptions) and Metta (Lovingkindness) as part of a regular sitting practice. The Jhanas are a method of one-pointed concentration taught in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition. Metta is the first and foundational practice of the four wholesome mind states known as the Brahma Viharas (Divine Abodes). The retreat will focus on teaching the Jhanas for the purpose of enhancing insight practice. Several topics for insight practice will be discussed, including Dependent Origination. The retreat also will focus on deepening Metta practice for the purpose of enhancing the practices of Compassion, Altruistic Joy, and Equanimity, the other three Brahma Viharas.
Pre-requisite: This retreat is for experienced meditators who previously have attended at least 2 one-week or longer silent meditation retreats.
This will be a virtual retreat. There will be two Zoom talks a day and everyone will have three one-on-one teacher interviews over the length of the retreat. You will be expected to spend 6 to 8 hours each day doing a combination of sitting and walking meditation. The virtual meditation hall will be available throughout the retreat, and students will be invited to meditate with their videos on as personal circumstances allow.
Noble Silence (aka Noble Non Communication): This retreat will have a large Samadhi (concentration, indistractability) component. In order for you to be able to generate sufficient Samadhi to experience the jhana states, it is important that you eliminate (or at least seriously minimize) communication with the outside world (i.e. anyone and anything not associated with this retreat). As with all retreats, you will get out of this one in proportion to what you put into it.