August 2020

10Aug(Aug 10)3:00 PM19(Aug 19)11:30 AMConcentration Retreat -- Online Only3:00 PM - 11:30 AM (19) Online Teacher(s): Phillip Moffitt, MA, SEP; Tempel Smith; Beth Sternlieb; Nikki Mirghafori PrerequisiteNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Monday, August 10, 3:00pm – Wednesday, August 19, 11:30am; 9 nights.
Sliding Scale: $2600-$1150, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 374R20.

Please Note:  We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and may move this retreat online. We have suspended taking registrations for now.

Pre-requisite: Completion of at least two 7-night or three 5-night silent insight meditation retreats.

Retreat Description:
Concentration, (samadhi), the collection and unification of the mind, was emphasized by the Buddha as one of the aspects of the Eightfold Path. It can bring joy to your practice and lead to the skillful use of pleasure in the meditative process. Whatever your level of practice, you can improve your Insight Meditation (Vipassana) by strengthening your concentration skills. Your ability to concentrate will develop in response to the attention you give it.

This retreat offers a series of techniques for staying on the meditation object for extended periods of time. We will explore the factors of concentration that lead to the deep absorption states known as jhana. Teachers will also give instruction for utilizing concentration during insight practice.

Financial assistance is available for all Spirit Rock residential retreats. Our scholarship rate is $40/night and available for all those with financial hardship with special funds allocated to People of Color (POC), folks with serious medical conditions, and young adults (age 18-26). Scholarship funding is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarships are budgeted per retreat and because they are in high demand, can run out quickly. We encourage you to register for a retreat as close as possible to the registration opening date (lotteries are an exception).

General Information

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Also, please remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please consider paying at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.


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