This week we continue our September retreat, What Is Mindfulness? led by Shinzen Young. This week, Shinzen continues his exploration of how mindful awareness is cultivated in various systems, both in traditional and modern contexts. Shinzen shares with us his first meditative experiences, particularly those of sensory clarity, concentration, and equanimity. In this episode, he explains the differences in how each practice lineage (Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana), develop sensory clarity, concentration and equanimity. Within the Therevada (found mostly in South East Asia), Shinzen explores in depth the Burmese lineages of Mahasi Sayadaw and U Ba Khin

This week’s material will be particularly interesting for those who’d like to know more about the historical development of mindfulness techniques in many Western dharma communities (as well as secular settings).

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