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Please join us June 14th, 2018 for “Breath Focus: Advanced Perspectives on Basic Practice” with Shinzen Young.

Breath focus is sometimes considered an elementary starter practice. But with a proper understanding, it can lead all the way to Enlightenment. On the other hand, it can sometimes become a dead end; it calms but fails to bring deep insight and purification even after many years of practice. The purpose of this workshop is to compare and contrast different approaches to breath practice within Buddhism, unpack the mechanisms by which breath practice confers its benefits and describe how attending to the breath can be optimized and directed towards liberation.

Topics covered will include:
• A clear conceptual model for how breath works as a focus.
• A chance to sample several distinct forms of breath focus.
• A chance to discuss your experiences around breath with a senior teacher.
• Suggestions on how to avoid dead ends.
• How breath practice fits into the broader framework of mindfulness.

About the instructor:

Shinzen Young is an American mindfulness teacher and neuroscience research consultant.

His systematic approach to categorizing, adapting and teaching meditation, known as Unified Mindfulness, has resulted in collaborations with Harvard Medical School, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Vermont in the bourgeoning field of contemplative neuroscience. Shinzen’s interest in Asia began at the age of 14 when he decided to attend Japanese ethnic school in his native city of Los Angeles.

Against the Stream Meditation Center

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