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The Jhanas: The Original Practice of Mindfulness and Insight – Teaching Retreat, January 2011


Master Culadasa explains what Jhana is and why it is so important. There is a profound relationship between Jhana practice, Mindfulness, and the cultivation of Insight. How Jhana practice relates to the goal of achieving Insight and Awakening is described. Through a series of guided meditations, participants have an opportunity to learn about and experience Jhana first hand.

The Jhanas & Mindfulness Handout by Upasaka Culadasa(PDF)

Instructions for Entering Jhanas Handout by Leigh Brasington (PDF)

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Session 1 (Friday Evening)

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Session 2 (Saturday Morning)

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Meditation & Discussion (Saturday Morning)

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Session 3 (Saturday Afternoon)

Due to an unfortunate malfunction of the recording equipment, the Saturday afternoon meditation and the Sunday morning discussion and meditation are not available.

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Final Session (Sunday Afternoon)

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Final Meditation (Sunday Afternoon)


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