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Meditation Workshop with Santikaro: Thinking and Not Thinking

  • Ebenezer Lutheran Church 1650 West Foster Ave Chicago, IL 60640 (map)

This event is open for registration.

Time: 1:00 - 5:00 PM. Please arrive between 12:30 - 1:00 to sign in and set up. Doors close at 1:00 PM.

We’re supposed to stop thinking in meditation, right? Then, what to do when thinking won’t stop? What should we make of all the thinking? Or maybe thinking has a place in meditation: if so, what is it?

Early Buddhist teachings offer numerous perspectives and tools for thinking during meditation and for how we think about meditation at other times. This workshop will survey some of the most important and useful of these perspectives and tools:

• quieting the ability of thinking to distract
• discerning between beneficial and harmful
• using thought to support meditation
• thoughtful forms of meditation

Please join us. The workshop will be suitable for beginners and experienced meditators alike.

To learn more about our teacher Santikaro and his Dhamma refuge in southwestern Wisconsin, please visit the Kevala Retreat website. For questions or more information about the workshop, please contact Ellen at ellen.m.mccammon(at)

Registration: To attend you must register through Eventbrite. The registration fee is $15 to cover expenses. For Santikaro's effort & teaching, dana (goodwill donation) is gratefully accepted. All dana supports Kevala Retreat and Santikaro’s work.

Logistics: There is no parking lot, but street parking is available on Foster and on the side streets just north of the church. The entrance is the large door in the courtyard facing Foster. There is one flight of stairs up to the meditation room. The floor is carpeted, and chairs will be provided. Please bring mats, cushions, and kneelers if you use them.