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Jhanas and Dependent Origination

Jhanas and Dependent Origination

Paticca-samuppada and jhana are dependent co-origination and the meditative absorptions.

This retreat combines the two main elements of the Buddha’s model of liberation: cultivating the meditative absorptions (jhanas), which lead to calm clarity, along with insight into the dependent co-origination (paticca-samuppada) of phenomena.

We will look at selected texts from the Pali suttas, including the famous Satipatthana Sutta, to highlight both meditation practice and the teachings of dependent co-origination.

To attend this retreat you need to have completed at least two seven-day or longer silent vipassana retreats.

LEIGH BRASINGTON has been practising meditation since 1985 and is the senior American student of the late Ven. Ayya Khema. Leigh began assisting Ven. Ayya Khemma in 1994, and began teaching retreats on his own in 1997. He teaches in Europe and North America and is the author of the book Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas. Find more information about Leigh’s teaching and schedule at

Listen to one of Leigh Brasington's Talks given at Gaia House on 19.10.2013: Nibbana (and Q&A) (Duration 69:11)

Mary-AubryMARY AUBRY has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1993, and practising the Jhanas since 2010. She was authorized by Tara Brach in 2013 to teach Vipassana retreats and by Leigh Brasington in 2016 to teach the Jhanas. Additionally, she teaches retreats on the Brahma Viharas and the Heavenly Messengers.

Retreat Code = 18149

E = experienced

Friday 1 June - Sunday 10 June 2018 (9 nights)

Standard Rate:     £450 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:         £540 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:      £383 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £225 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £135 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night - Conditions apply - please see box

Before you book, please read these guidelines regarding mental well-being and silent retreats

Intensive silent meditation retreats can be very nourishing; however, as they require sustained meditation practice, they also need some stability of psychological health. If you have recently (i.e. within the past year or so) experienced significant trauma or psychiatric illness, or if you are currently experiencing acute emotional distress such as serious depression or anxiety, it may not be the best time for you to attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional's contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact:


Retreat is Full This retreat is full - we are now operating a waiting list

  • To join the Waiting List, a non-refundable registration fee of £1.00 is required.
  • Please complete the checkout process and pay the registration fee.
  • Confirmation of being added to the waiting list will be emailed to you.
  • We will contact you if a place on this retreat becomes available.
  • Please apply only if you are sure that you will be available if offered a place.

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