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Meditation Workshop: Harmonious Effort, Attention, and Equilibrium

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

Led Guiding Teacher Jokai Blackwell Sensei

This morning workshop will be a meditation focused exploration of the aspects of meditation found in the sixth, seventh and eighth steps of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path: right effort, mindfulness and concentration.

The workshop will include:

  • Opening meditation
  • Overview of the sixth, seventh, and eighth steps of the Eightfold Path: right effort, mindfulness and concentration. How do we apply our efforts in accord with the path of awakening? What is the role of right meditation in relieving suffering?
  • Meditation practice on right effort, mindfulness and concentration
  • Q&A and group discussion
  • Closing meditation.

As part of LBM’s foundational teachings series, this workshop will focus on the practice of meditation. To gain the most benefit, it is recommended to attend the Dharma study session led by Brad Gibson on October 6 offered two weeks before this meditation workshop. The Dharma study session will introduce the concepts used in this meditation practice workshop in depth. Although it is not necessary to attend the Dharma study session, it may be helpful.

This workshop is suitable for meditators of all levels.


Refunds are available up to 24 hours before the course.

Jokai Blackwell Sensei


Jokai Blackwell Sensei relocated to Southern California from the UK in 2000 to study with Charles Tenshin Fletcher Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center. After completing formal study, encompassing over a decade of residential training and service, he received Dharma Transmission (full authorization to teach) in the White Plum Lineage of Zen Buddhism. Jokai emphasizes the direct experience of awakening using contemporary language and time-honored methods.