Insight Meditation in the Buddhist Tradition
Personal Meditation Instruction and Consultation
Jonathan is available for personal meditation instruction and/or consultation at a rate of $100/session (50 minutes) as a suggested dana contribution. Meetings will occur either at Jonathan's office located in North Berkeley, via phone, or via SKYPE. Please email to inquire as to availability. Thank you.
About Insight Meditation
Insight Meditation (known as vipassana in the Buddhist tradition) is a simple technique which has been practiced in Asia for over 2,500 years. Beginning with the focusing of attention on the breath, the practice concentrates and calms the mind. It allows one to see through the mind's conditioning and thereby to live more fully present in the moment. The practice develops clarity of seeing which allows grasping, judgment, and fear to fall away. One discovers and cultivates qualities such as compassion, equanimity, wisdom, joy, and moral integrity. (Text taken from Spirit Rock's website)
About Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Spirit Rock Meditation Center is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the vipassana tradition. The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. Spirit Rock provides silent meditation retreats, as well as classes, trainings, and Dharma study opportunities for new and experienced students from diverse backgrounds with a willingness to develop their own practice. Spirit Rock is intended to be a place that always looks in two directions: inward and outward. Inwardly, we need settings where we can renew our connection to ourselves, to nature, and to life itself through silence and mindful attention. And outwardly, the modern world is in crisis on many fronts: environmental, economic, political, and psychological.
NOTE: Jack Kornfield has touched my practice and teaching more directly than perhaps any of the numerous teachers with which I have studied. If you are familiar with Jack's teaching, I trust you will also find much that is familiar in my own offerings - I've been told that both his words and voice are recognizable in my teaching, and I consider this an expression of my deepest gratitude for his wisdom and work.