Concentration Retreat with Richard Shankman, May 14-18, 2021

Concentration Retreat with Richard Shankman, May 14-18, 2021

Calming the Mind/Opening to Insight - The Path of Mindfulness, Jhana and Insight

May 14-18, 2021

Concentration and jhana are often taught as separate practices from insight meditation.

This retreat, however, will integrate concentration, mindfulness and insight into a single meditative path. Practicing in this way, the mind becomes more collected and centered, leading to deepening states of concentration, peace, clarity and calm abiding, and culminating in states of unification of mind known as jhana. At the same time, awareness will be guided to open into mindfulness of the body and states of the heart and the mind, revealing the four foundations of mindfulness.

This integration of concentration, calm, mindfulness and jhana builds a strong foundation for the arising of insight.

This retreat will entail alternating periods of sitting and walking (or other mindful movement) meditation, daily meditation instructions and dharma talk, and opportunities for individual and group practice discussions.

Sponsored by Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community