Culadasa is holding a retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center in July

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The theme is the Science of Meditation: Buddhist Wisdom Meets Modern Brain Science.

July 5–9, 2017

Tuition $275 + 4 nights
The path of meditation is a systematic process for training the mind, transforming the psyche, and opening the heart. In this 4-day retreat you’ll be invited to explore this path with step-by-step guidance derived from ancient Buddhist wisdom, modern cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Through the practice of stabilizing attention and cultivating mindfulness, deeper ways of knowing yourself and your world will be illuminated. With plenty of time in formal meditation, nuanced meditation instructions, and insights from modern science, a rich environment will be created for wisdom to dawn.
Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program’s departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program’s schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.

Culadasa is coming to the East Coast!

Be sure not to miss Culadasa’s East Coast tour this summer, with events at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck NY, New York City, and Gloucester MA!


Maximize Your Meditation, a retreat with Culadasa

June 19-24, 2016 at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York

Understanding Attention & Awareness as Mindfulness Tools

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To ask Culadasa questions about the retreat, email him


The words “attention” and “awareness” are often used interchangeably, but they do not mean the same thing. A clear understanding of these two ways of knowing is important if you want your meditation practice to truly soar.

Buddhist teacher and neuroscientist Culadasa (John Yates) guides you on an exploration of how to skillfully work with attention and awareness to cultivate mindfulness and ultimately change your thoughts, feelings, and habits for the better.

Through lecture, discussion, exercises, and meditation, you play with attention—a process of exclusion where you single out and hone in on something to analyze or interpret it. And you practice awareness, which is more open and inclusive and takes in the larger view to provide overall context for your experience.

As you begin to work skillfully with attention and awareness, you see the potential for mindfulness—the optimum interaction between the two—to completely transform who you are.

Beginning and seasoned meditators are welcome; no previous experience is necessary.

Upasaka Culadasa, Eve Smith, and Matthew Immergut

at New York Insight Meditation Center

June 24 & 25, 2016


Friday, June 24th, 7 pm – 9 pm
Eve Smith, Matthew Immergut
Offered by donation; pre-registration is not required


Saturday, June 25th, 10 am – 330 pm

Engaged Compassion: The Relationship Between Inner and Outer Peace. July 1 & 2 at Wisdom’s Heart

Culadasa returns to Wisdoms’s Heart in Gloucester, MA over the 4th of July weekend!

Compassionate engagement and dealing with harmful emotions, thought patterns, and actions – on a global, friends&family, and internal/personal level.


Suggested Donation:  $20 Friday.  $20 Saturday.

No one turned away for lack of funds. Please contribute as you are able.

The Mind Illuminated is the Amazon #1 New Release in Buddhism

Amazon Ranking


The Mind Illuminated, my Complete Meditation Guide is officially out this week, and it’s been getting some great response, including several days in the Amazon Top 10 in Cognitive Psychology and Buddhism.  It’s the fruition of a multiple years journey writing, producing, and releasing this book, for myself and my wife Nancy, the hard-working co-authors Matthew and Jeremy, and the editors, artists, promotional team that did so much to help, as well as the whole Dharma Treasure Buddhist Sangha community.  A huge thank you to everyone who helped bring this book to life!

You can get the book yourself on Amazon right now:


Attention and Awareness Article on Elephant Journal!

Elephant Journal has just published another article by Matthew Immergut and myself.

“Attention, Awareness and How to Meditate Successfully”

Think about consciousness for a moment. What we consciously experience are sights, sounds, smells and other external objects arising and passing away. So too, thoughts, feelings, moods and memories move through our internal landscape.

Looking a bit closer we notice our conscious experience comes in two different forms: attention and awareness. When we focus our attention on something, it takes center stage in our conscious experience. At the same time, we can remain more peripherally aware of things in the background. For example, right now your attention is focused on what you’re reading. Yet, you’re also most likely aware of other sights, sounds, and maybe a few thoughts, feelings or sensations in the periphery…

In meditation, we need to work with both attention and awareness. We do this by anchoring attention on an object like the breath, while at the same time sustaining awareness. Try it now. Close your eyes and bring your attention to the sensations of the breath at your nose. At the same time, remain aware of what you’re doing and your surroundings—the sounds in the room, bodily sensations, and thoughts and feelings arising and passing in the background. Discover this gentle balance for yourself.
Read on at:

Elephant Journal



Walking Meditation – Stage 1 – Staying in the Present

Doing walking meditation outside is very powerful, because you experience the beauty of nature, the world, and what it means to be alive.  Here are some excerpts from my forthcoming book where I talk about one way to practice it!

   WALKING MEDITATION is both a powerful practice in its own right and an indispensable complement to sitting practice. Too often it’s not taken seriously enough; we imagine a meditator to be someone who only sits cross-legged with eyes closed. But walking meditation is just as effective as sitting for developing stable attention and powerful mindfulness. It’s even more effective for some things. The best way to make rapid progress is to combine the two.

The practices of walking and sitting meditation are essentially the same: stabilize your attention while sustaining or even increasing peripheral awareness. The only real difference is where you focus your attention. Here, you fix it on the sensations in the soles of your feet, rather than on the breath at the nose. Alternatively, you can use the sensations in the muscles, joints, and tendons of your legs as the meditation object…

The best location for walking meditation practice is outdoors. An open space where you won’t be interrupted, such as a back yard, gardens, or park is perfect. A place with some sort of natural beauty is ideal, but not essential, since aesthetic enjoyment isn’t the main point….  Of course, you can also walk indoors….

Stage One: Staying in the Present

To begin with, as in Step One of the transition, it’s all about exploring the present moment. You allow your attention to move freely while keeping your awareness open as you walk. The only restriction is to stay fully in the present, the here and now. This means your attention can move from your feet to anything happening in the moment that you find interesting. However, these must always be intentional movements of attention! If you are outside, there will be sounds, interesting and attractive visual objects, and odors. Intentionally allow the mind to observe and explore them. Feel the warmth of sunlight, the coolness of shade, and the breeze touching your face. Investigate and engage fully with these things, taking it all in. Whenever an object of attention goes away or ceases to be interesting, return to the sensations in your feet.

Again, always stay in the present. Explore and fully experience your surroundings with both attention and awareness, but don’t get lost in thinking, which takes you away from the present. Whenever you realize thinking has carried you away, bring your attention back to the sensations in your feet or legs to keep those thoughts at bay. As the novelty of slow walking wears off, thoughts become more frequent, and you’ll need to anchor attention to your feet more often. This is completely normal. You’ll eventually be keeping the focus of your attention more or less continuously on the sensations of walking.

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