June 2, 2011

This Sunday: Concentration

Dear Friends,

About 10 years ago I had the great fortune to attend a day-long retreat with Thich Nhat Hahn.  His dharma talk was on Concentration, and what I remember to this day was his frequent and urgent admonition to us all to practice: "You must develop concentration!"  Whether he was talking about daily meditation, daily life or higher states of consciousness, the refrain was the same.  Concentration is the cornerstone of practice.

It's important to appreciate that there are different kinds of concentration, and different uses for them.  When does our practice take us beyond watching the breath?  And what if we stay there?  As a factor of awakening, just what is concentration and how does it work?  How should we work with it?

Come this Sunday, bring friends, and I'll try to answer these questions.

Looking forward to seeing you all,

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