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6 Week Concentration/Jhana Meditation Course

Each Monday starting November 11, 2019 at 7:00-8:30pm at the Meditation Learning Center in Mesa, AZ. 


Offered By:

Ryan Nemec and The Meditation Learning Center




Additionally, prior to class please purchase a copy of “Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English”, by Bhante Gunaratana



In this 6-week course, we will be discussing and applying techniques from “Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English”, by Bhante Gunaratana. This book is the follow-up to his acclaimed “Mindfulness in Plain English” and explores the use of concentration, most notably jhanic concentration to deepen our practice and bring peace and clarity to our lives. Samatha, or concentration practice, is another path of meditation that complements a mindfulness-based or vipassana practice.


Topics that will be covered include:

  • Meditation Basics

  • Breath Meditation 

  • Mindfulness

  • Why concentration practice is so important

  • Developing Concentration

  • Working with the Hindrances

  • Loving Friendliness

  • The Jhana States


Each week will introduce new techniques and concepts that will help you build your meditation skills through discussion and practice. There will be weekly reading assignments with email communications to help in your understanding of the material. 


What to bring: 

  • An Open Mind!

  • Copy of “Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English”

  • Journal/Notebook

  • Meditation cushion (if you have one), however chairs, floor cushions and zabutons will be available. 


Ryan Nemec is a Meditator, Mountain Biker, Camper, Kayaker, Didgeridoo Player, Photographer, Martial Artist, Teacher, Traveler, and Husband.

Ryan’s journey with meditation began in 2012 as an answer to chronic depression. Under Shane Wilson’s guidance, Ryan began practicing Vipassana and Jhana meditation with an emphasis on working with Hindrances (negative mind states). Ryan is a daily meditator (usually accompanied by his 2 dogs!) and every year looks forward to the Meditation Learning Center’s retreats, especially the 4-day silent retreats in Payson, AZ. In 2018, Ryan completed the Meditation Teacher Training Program through the Meditation Learning Center. Ryan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and looks forward to using his teaching experience and his personal journey to bring meditation to those who need it.