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Letting Go Into Joy: A Step-By-Step Guide to the Experience of Jhana

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Letting Go Into Joy: A Step-By-Step Guide to the Experience of Jhana

This 50-day online course offers a step-by-step guide that will lead you into deep states of calm, relaxation, and joy.

The technical term for these meditative experiences, when they co-arise in a stable way, is jhana (Sanskrit dhyana) — a word that simply means "meditation" or "meditative absorption."

Jhana is a joyful state of focused attention that can arise inside or outside of meditation. It’s what modern psychology calls a “flow state.” It is not something we make happen, but something we let happen. We enter jhana by means of letting go.

Very few modern teachers are able to explain how to consistently experience this state, and so it's commonly thought of as being unattainable for all but "elite" meditators, or for those on long and intensive retreats. None of these things are true.

Jhana is do-able! It can be experienced by ordinary meditators, and all that is necessary is to know the steps involved. Join Bodhipaksa on this course, and learn, step-by-step, how to bring greater calm and joy into your meditation practice — and your life! This event can accommodate complete beginners, but is aimed at those with an established meditation practice.

Letting Go Into Joy introduces a systematic 50-day program for cultivating the factors supporting the experience of jhana. This involves progressively relaxing into becoming ever more at ease with our experience, so that pleasure and joy emerge naturally. Once this happens, deep levels of concentration arise.

Not only does experience of jhana help us to reduce the amount of negativity in our lives, but it is a key support for the arising of liberating insight—the goal of Buddhist practice.

Course benefits

Over the 50 days of this meditation event, you’ll learn to:

  • Notice and counteract the various ways your mind suppresses joy
  • Calm the mind, using a variety of techniques
  • Deeply relax the body, allowing physical pleasure to arise
  • Tap into an innate sense of ease and happiness
  • Develop the mind’s ability to focus undistractedly

Course format

Signing up for this event gives you access to:

  • Daily emails with practice suggestions, inspiration, and nourishment
  • Access to 13 guided meditations, from 9 to 32 minutes in length
  • Support, encouragement, and personal instruction in our welcoming and friendly online community

This event is suitable for people with an established meditation practice, including a familiarity with mindfulness of breathing and lovingkindness meditations.

What other participants have said

  • “Thank you Bodhipaksa​ for this great course. My practice has improved greatly over the past two months.” Marleen L.
  • “The guided meditations are a really excellent component of these courses – by leading us experientially through what had been described in the emails.” Andy R.
  • “The information and guidance have been superb. A clear concise, step by step guide to experiencing jhana. Things are shifting, thoughts are becoming less frequent and easier to let go of.” Lizzie E.
  • A hearty thank you for this course. I have certainly experienced a deepening of my meditation practice over the last few weeks … the idea of breathing with the whole body has opened up further the subtleties of body-experience.” Michael A.
  • “Thank you, Bodhipaksa, for these amazingly helpful teachings and guided meditations, which have led me on a steady ascent into greater clarity and openness.” Claire M.

About the instructor

BodhipaksaBodhipaksa has been practicing Buddhist meditation for over 30 years, and teaching for around 25 years. He formerly taught meditation in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Montana, and for several years ran a thriving retreat center in the Scottish Highlands. He is the author of more than a dozen books and audiobooks, and has been published in six languages. In 2001 he founded Wildmind, an online meditation center. He has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist order since 1993. He is originally from Scotland, but now lives in New Hampshire. He has two children.

Scholarships are available

A limited number of scholarships are available for those who would like to participate but are unable to make a donation. If you would like to take advantage of one of these scholarships, please write to us: mark@wildmind.org.

Questions, comments, problems?

Email mark@wildmind.org

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