This talk was given by both Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder: how the jhanas fit into Buddhist practice; overview of the entire samatha practice; the three types of concentration; and differences from other practices.
Energy is a factor that is useful for preventing or overcoming unwholesome states of mind and for cultivating wholesome states of mind. A joyful mind is a natural outcome of this unfolding prcess that leads to freedom and enlightenment.
This is the opening talk for a retreat that aims to integrate the practice of meditation with the ideas and doctrines that support and illuminate such practice. This talk also includes Stephen Batchelor.
Through meditation practice we can learn to release the pressure and demands we place on our experience to be different, and receive life just as it is. Unconditionally engaging with each moment we can awaken to innate peace and freedom.