Buddhist Meditation Part 2: The Buddha’s Teachings on Concentration with Richard Shankman

JULY 28, 9:30AM TO 4PM In this second daylong we will explore the various ways samadhi (concentration) is presented in the foundational texts, the range of ways it is practiced and taught today, and how to incorporate it into our meditation practice. Samadhi Daylong Student Handout (1)

Bring lunch. No registration necessary.

Location: Insight Meditation Center

108 Birch St. Redwood City CA 94062

Richard Shankman has been a meditator since 1970 and teaches at dharma centers and groups nationally, including Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Society. He is a co-founder of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and Mindful Schools. He is the author of The Experience of Samadhi: An In-Depth Investigation of Buddhist Meditation.

Sept 22. 2018 9:00-4:30 PM Daylong with Ajaan Thanissaro (Geoff) Topic: Craving and Clinging

Saturday September 22, 2018 9:30 AM -4:30 PM

Taught by Ajaan Thanissaro (Geoff)

The Buddha identifies four types of clinging as suffering, and three types of craving as the cause of suffering. But he also taught that, up to a point, clinging and craving play a role in developing the path to the end of suffering. In addition to exploring the role of clinging and craving in the first two noble truths, this daylong course will focus on the strategic uses of clinging and craving in the fourth noble truth prior to their abandoning in the third.

Bring lunch. There will be an opportunity to donate food for the meal offering

Ajaan Thanissaro (Geoff) is an American monk of the Thai forest tradition. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1971 with a degree in European Intellectual History, he studied meditation under Ajaan Fuang Jotiko in Thailand and ordained in 1976. In 1991 he helped establish Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego, CA where he is the abbot. He is a prolific writer and translator. Many of his works can be found online at www.accesstoinsight.org.