Led By Community Dharma Leader Brad Gibson
In the Buddhist tradition there are three great trainings: ethical conduct (sila, in the sanskrit language), concentration (samadhi), and wisdom (prajna). In this workshop we will focus on the training of concentration (samadhi). We will explore different types of meditation while focusing on one-pointed attention to the breath as a way of increasing concentration.
Concentration offers stability to the mind, deep relaxation to the body, and steadfastness to the practice of mindfulness. The Buddha considered concentration an equal partner to mindfulness. Without some stability to the mind we cannot pay mindful attention to our lives and that which we value most. We can spend our lives preoccupied rather than awake.
One who has gradually practiced,
developed and brought to perfection
mindfulness of the in-and-out breath
as taught by the Enlightened One,
illuminates the entire world
like the moon when freed from clouds.
This class will consist of an overview of the classic levels of concentration (samadhi) followed by short periods of silent meditation and walking meditation practice. In addition, there will be ample time for group discussion.
The goal of the “Awake in the World” program is to learn to wholeheartedly experience the challenge and beauty of everyday life through the art of meditation.
This workshop is suitable for meditators of all levels.
Refunds are available up to 24 hours before the course.
Teacher 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.