04Feb(Feb 4)9:30 AM05(Feb 5)12:30 PMCultivating Concentration (Samādhi) through the White Kasina: An Introduction9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (5) Online Teacher(s): Nikki Mirghafori, PhD OnlineNo prerequisiteOpen
Date & Time: Saturday - Sunday, February 4-5, 2023; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. US Pacific Time Sliding Scale: $50-$216. Our sliding scale options for this program include financial support for
Date & Time: Saturday – Sunday, February 4-5, 2023; 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. US Pacific Time
Sliding Scale: $50-$216. Our sliding scale options for this program include financial support for our teachers. Code NM1M23.
The practice of calming and collecting the mind (Pāli: samādhi) is a necessary precursor to insight practice (vipassanā). Historically in the West, the primary concentration method taught to practitioners has been mindfulness of breathing. Yet there are many concentration objects in the Theravāda tradition that are actively practiced in monasteries in Asia and are espoused in the ancient practice manual The Path of Purification (Visuddhimagga). Among these practices are the ten kasiṇas, or visualization objects.
The practice of the white kasiṇa is foremost among these ten, as it imbues the mind-heart with particular qualities of rest, peace, and delight. Furthermore, the white kasiṇa corresponds to lovingkindness (mettā), sharing the many expansive qualities of mettā without the relational aspect of other beings. Practitioners of all levels are welcome at this accessible introduction to a rarely-taught meditation method.
All are welcome! No one will be turned away for lack of funds as space allows. For more information, please email Registration@spiritrock.org.