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Dhyana: A Step-By-Step Approach

On Wed, 22 April, 2020 - 18:44
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bodhipaksa

On Saturday I led a workshop for the Seattle and Vancouver sanghas (originally intended to be a weekend retreat) on cultivating dhyana. In it I present a three-fold approach to cultivating the dhyana factors (or a slightly modified form of that list) which seems quite reliably to help most regular meditators to get close to, or in to, first dhyana.

The feedback was very positive, and a lot of people who’d been meditating for a long time seemed to be making strides forward.

The video’s a bit long, at something like 5 hours and 40 minutes, but there’s a reasonable chance you have a lot of time on your hands at the moment, so why not pull up a cushion, make yourself comfortable, and join in with the fun!

I’d love to hear how you get on.

Love,
Bodhipaksa

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Lalitavira's picture

Hi Bodhipaksa, 

I would love to explore this but actually, with work and young children, don’t have much time on my hands. I think I read somewhere you were thinking of putting timing/chapters to this. Are you going ahead with that? You would find me very grateul if you did. 

with metta,

Lalitavira

bodhipaksa's picture

Hey, Lalitavira.

It’s lovely to hear that you’re interested in this topic.

I have the same issue as you — I’m working full-time (at least) and have family responsibilities. To add chapter bookmarks to the video I’d have to find several hours to watch it, and right now my plate is full. I’ll see if I can find a volunteer to take that on.

All the best,
Bodhipaksa

bodhipaksa's picture

Hey, Lalitavira.

One of my meditation students kindly sent me timings for the various sections of this workshop. So now, in the text under the video, are descriptions and timestamps you can click to various topics. I haven’t checked to make sure these are accurate. My next step will be to turn this into a playlist of shorter videos…

All the best,
Bodhipaksa