Join us for Concentration Meditation in Spokane, Washington

in the lineage of the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw of Burma (Myanmar)

Concentration meditation (also known as samatha or jhana practice) predates written history as a method to purify the mind. The Buddha practiced and taught the jhanas throughout his life.

Although considered part of the Theraveda tradition, samatha practice may appeal to all a broad spectrum of Buddhist meditation practitioners and followers of other spiritual traditions.

The goal of this group is to get together for an open-ended series of talks on jhana practice given by Spokane resident Brian Gavin, as well as practical meditation sessions. The talks will touch lightly on the history and context of jhana practice in Buddhism but will be mainly concerned with the personal experience of samatha meditation from “first sit” to first jhana in the retreat setting and the benefits of jhana practice in daily life (purification of mind). 

Brian is currently in Teacher Training with Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder (see, in the lineage of the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw of Burma, and is authorized (under their guidance) to offer dharma talks and lead meditation groups, specifically regarding the practice territory from "first sit" to first jhana.

Regular meetings are set for the first and third Sunday of every month from 10am to 11.30am. We will meet in the Community Meditation Room, 25 W. Main Street, Spokane.

What is Jhana Meditation?


"The jhana practice is an ancient type of concentration meditation (samatha) that predates written history as a method to purify the mind. The Buddha practiced and taught the jhanas throughout his life. This practice was so important to him, that jhana meditation was his last act before he died." From:, Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder

"There are two kinds of meditation development, tranquility (samatha) and insight (vipassana). A person who, of these two, has first developed tranquility, and after having established himself in either access concentration or full concentration subsequently contemplates the five groups of grasping, is called a samatha-yanika, 'one who has tranquility as his vehicle.'" From: The Progress of Insight (Visuddhiûana-katha), The Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw

"Imagine you need to chop down a dead tree with an ax. To be successful the ax will have to be both sharp and reasonably heavy. But where does sharpness end and weight begin? It's clear that even with great effort neither using a razorblade nor a baseball bat is going to do the trick. In the context of Buddhist meditation practice the weight of the ax may be compared to serenity (samatha), its sharpness to insight (vipassana)." From: A Honed and Heavy Ax: Samatha and Vipassana in Harmony, Ajahn Chandako

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