29 January Registration Now Open for "Jhanas & Insight" Retreat January 29, 2019By Editor announcement 0 The jhanas are altered states of consciousness with little or no ego. They are arrived at by one-pointed concentration and temporary abandonment of unwholesome mind states of greed and aversion. (Mary Aubry) In May, IMCW teacher Mary Aubry is offering a special, deepening practice, 10-day residential retreat for experienced meditators: Jhanas and Insight Retreat. Once the mind is sufficiently concentrated and free of the hindrances, it naturally inclines towards the jhanas, which are marked by rapture, happiness, contentment, and equanimity. While these mind states are wonderful to experience in and of themselves, their real purpose is to sharpen the mind for insight practice. So, after the mind becomes bright, sharp, malleable, and given to imperturbability from being in the jhanas, we then incline the mind towards insight practice. The jhanas are mentioned frequently in the Buddhist scriptures and it is reported that the Buddha practiced them on the night of his awakening. (Mary Aubry) Registration is now open for the Jhana & Insight Retreat, which will be held at the Claymont Society in Charles Town, WV, from May 2-12, 2019. The retreat will be small (only 24 students) because of the intensive interview schedule. Each student will receive three one-on-one interviews. Early registration is recommended as the retreat may fill. Participants must have previously attended at least two seven-day retreats to be accepted. Please contact retreat manager, Glen Harrison with any questions.