Episode 234 :: Leigh Brasington :: Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Leigh Brasington

Leigh Brasington returns to speak with us about Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas.

With all the publicity and interest around mindfulness these days, it seems one slice of the samatha pie is getting the lion’s share of attention. And that may be so in practice, too, as the four foundations of mindfulness enjoys a certain celebrity and takes center stage. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other areas of interest or practice for meditators, and particularly Buddhists, as concentration or non-distractability of the jhanas also contribute to our embodiment of the full eightfold path.

Leigh Brasington is a student of Venerable Ayya Khema, and has been teaching jhana meditation since the early 90’s. His interest is a naturalistic approach to concentration meditation, and helping people understand that deeper meditative states of mind can be helpful off the cushion, and can be attained.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Oolong tea.

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Leigh Brasington Interview from Britton Lab on Vimeo.

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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

The music heard in the middle of this podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. You can visit his website to hear more of his music, get the full discography, and view his upcoming tour dates.

Category: The Secular Buddhist Podcast

Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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