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Dharma Study Session: Harmonious Effort, Attention, and Equilibrium

  • Long Beach Meditation 5100 East The Toledo Long Beach, CA, 90803 United States (map)

Led by Brad Gibson

The Buddha laid out a clear eight-fold path, giving complete instructions to end suffering. The path consists of three distinct areas: discipline, meditation and wisdom. This dharma study session will explore the area of meditation consisting of the final sixth, seventh, and eighth steps of The Noble Eightfold Path: right effort, mindfulness and concentration.

Right Effort

What are the four right efforts of the Buddhist path? We will explore how to:

  1. Prevent the arising of unwholesome states of mind
  2. Release unwholesome states that have arisen
  3. Provide for the causes of wholesome states to arise; and
  4. Develop and bring to perfection the wholesome states.

Right Mindfulness

We will explore the Satipatthana Sutta and review the four foundations of mindfulness. A special emphasis will be a discussion of the classic hindrances and how they relate to the practice of meditation.

Right Concentration

What is right concentration? How do we differentiate concentration from mindfulness? How can we use Samadhi in the service of awakening. We will explore these topics both in discussion as well in meditation practice.

The Dharma Study Session will include:

  • Opening sitting meditation
  • A brief overview of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path
  • The final six, seventh, and eighth parts of the Eightfold Path explored: harmonious effort, harmonious attention , and harmonious equilibrium. How do we integrate these aspects of the Buddhist path in our busy lives?
  • Q&A and group discussion will follow each presentation
  • Closing sitting meditation

As part of LBM’s foundational teachings series, this class will be Dharma study focused with time for brief sitting meditation at the beginning and end. This class will be complemented by a morning of meditation practice based on this class and offered by Guiding Teacher Jokai Blackwell Sensei on October 20th. To gain the most benefit, it is recommended to attend the meditation practice class two weeks after this Dharma study session.

This workshop is suitable for meditators of all levels.


Refunds are available up to 24 hours before the course.

Brad Gibson


Brad Gibson has been studying Vipassana meditation since 1980.  He has studied and attended meditation retreats with Jack Engler, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, as well as others.  In addition, he studied many years in the Tibetan Mahamudra tradition with Ken McCleod.  He is a high school teacher by profession and lives with his wife and daughter in Long Beach, California.