Shamatha/Jhana Meditation Retreats

The cultivation of calm or tranquility and the development of concentration
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Shamatha/Jhana Meditation Retreats

Postby EricJ » Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:05 am

This summer, I would like to attend a shamatha meditation retreat (as the title probably suggests), but thus far it has been exceedingly difficult to find one through my searches on the Internet. So, I was wondering if anybody who is more knows any practice centers or links to find centers that are hosting such retreats between June and early August in the United States or Canada.

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Not neglecting seclusion, absorption, constantly living the Dhamma in line with the Dhamma, comprehending the danger in states of becoming, wander alone like a rhinoceros.
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Re: Shamatha/Jhana Meditation Retreats

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:47 am

Hi Eric,
try searching for samatha, but can't help with specifics unfortunately, there is a group called samatha trust in the UK but don't think they are in the US
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Re: Shamatha/Jhana Meditation Retreats

Postby Dmytro » Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:10 pm


Samatha Trust has a group in California:

See also:

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Re: Shamatha/Jhana Meditation Retreats

Postby jcsuperstar » Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:13 pm

you can try these folks
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