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Leigh Brasington's Dharma Talks
Leigh Brasington
Leigh Brasington studied the jhanas with the late Ven. Ayya Khema, who authorized him to teach retreats on the jhanas. He was also empowered to teach by Jack Kornfield. He teaches numerous jhana retreats throughout the year, at venues that include Cloud Mountain, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Gaia House, Vallecitos, and Southern Dharma.
2018-09-12 The Jhanas: An Introduction 53:40
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
2016-01-20 The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path 50:18
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
2014-01-30 Dependent Origination 53:56
Insight Meditation Center
2013-10-19 Nibbana (and Q&A) 69:11
Gaia House Leigh Brasington
2013-10-18 Impermanence and the Illusion of Self (and Q&A) 61:58
Gaia House Leigh Brasington
2013-10-17 Dependent Origination (and Q&A) 1:24:45
Gaia House Leigh Brasington
2013-10-14 Guided Body Scan Meditation (and Q&A) 1:23:39
Gaia House Leigh Brasington
2012-10-28 Understanding Is the First Step: The Buddha's Teachings on Right View 2:52:12
Right View is the first practice given in the Noble Eightfold Path. During this workshop we will examine the Buddha's teachings on both Right View and Wrong View in order to get a better understanding of exactly what he meant by this very important topic. Although the day will primarily be of a scholastic nature, there will be periods of meditation as well as ample time for questions, answers and discussion.
New York Insight Meditation Center Understanding Is the First Step: The Buddha's Teachings on Right View
2012-10-27 Focus and Freedom: Introduction to the Jhanas 2:31:31
A workshop/retreat on the meditative absorptions (jhanas) and their relationship to mindfulness and insight practice. There will be periods of instructions coupled with sitting and walking meditation along with ample time for questions and answers. Although one day is insufficient to learn the jhanas, the workshop will allow you to learn about them and to consider whether you want to pursue this study further. For people who want to read more on Jhana practice, please go to Leigh’s web site at
New York Insight Meditation Center Focus and Freedom: Introduction to the Jhanas
2010-10-09 Emptiness 69:25
Nagarjuna, emptiness and dependent origination
Gaia House Paticca-Samuppada and Jhana Dependent Co-Origination and the Meditative Absorptions

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