"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

The Joy of Samadhi (Concentration)
Nikki Mirghafori
2 Days: Saturday, April 28 - Sunday, April 29; 10:00am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $150 - 400. Please bring your lunch. Code NM1M18.
OPEN-Register Here

The practice of samatha leads to the state of samadhi, where the mind is stable, bright, undistracted, and spacious. A dedicated practice of samatha can culminate in profound stillness, known as jhana, where the mind becomes fully absorbed in the object of attention.

Trying to develop samadhi through Herculean effort with the force of a whip to stop distractions and pull the mind into one-pointedness can be self-defeating. A wiser approach, which we will explore together, is similar to training a beloved puppy: through gentle and affectionate instructions that are at the same time resolved and steady.

A stable mind is more inclined to insight. Developing samadhi, to any extent available, serves as a doorway to freedom of our minds and hearts.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $90.

General Information

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