Energizing Practice


through August 12

6:30-8:00 pm

$40 suggested donation

The power of meditation: generating energy.

In the path of Buddhist meditative development, we engage in many different kinds of practices. At various points we inevitably encounter obstacles. We can get stuck or feel that we have fallen into a rut. Regardless of the kind of practice we are doing or the level at which we are practicing, there can be times we experience a loss of energy and motivation or sense of direction. As a result, our practice can become stagnant; it may even be abandoned.  In this 3-week workshop, students will have the opportunity to identify specific obstacles in their personal practice and to develop a plan for working skillfully with them.

Each class includes teaching, written instructions, guided meditations, and time for Q&A.  These practices can be done by anyone, regardless of their spiritual tradition. After the classes end, a weekly follow-up meeting will be offered at no cost to answer questions and help you maintain a regular practice.

Classes meet weekly on Zoom.  When you register, you will receive a Zoom link for joining the class and a short reading to prepare for the first meeting.  If possible, please register at least one day prior to the first class so that you will receive the link and instructions.  If you haven't received an email within 24 hours of registering, it may have landed in your junk folder. Please check

There is a suggested donation of $40 which covers the three classes.  Any amount is gratefully accepted


John Blackburn, Ph.D., has practiced meditation for over forty-five years, practicing intensively with teachers in the Vipassana, Zen, and Dzogchen traditions.  He leads a local meditation group, the Knoxville Community of Mindfulness.  He also serves as member of the board of directors for Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring Creek, NC.