Investigating the Aggregates

A Daylong Retreat with Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday Feb 27, 2016

9:00am – 4:00pm



The five aggregates—form, feeling, perception, fabrication, and consciousness—lie at the heart of the Buddha’s analysis of the suffering we cause ourselves. It’s because we cling to these things that we suffer. Although the terms of his analysis may seem foreign, they’re directly related to a very intimate part of our experience: the way we feed, both physically and emotionally, off the world. In short, the Buddha treats the problem of suffering as a feeding addiction.
This daylong presentation—through talks, readings, discussion, and meditation—is aimed at giving rise to a clear sense of how to apply the Buddha’s on the aggregates, and the different ways we cling to them, so as to lessen the suffering and stress in our lives.

Cost: Retreat is offered on a Dana basis. Dana means generosity and is the Buddhist practice of giving to ones capacity. In keeping with traditional Buddhist principles, teachings which liberate are priceless and so no set fee is required making them accessible to all. Please CLICK HERE for more info on Dana. All monies will be split equally between Ajahn Geoff and Against the Stream.

Bring a lunch for yourself and something to share with Ajahn Geoff. In the Buddhist Monastic tradition Than Geoff depends completely on alms food and noon is his main meal. There will be a two-hour lunch break at 11.

DOWNLOAD Readings for the day.

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Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) is an American monk of the Thai forest tradition. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1971 with a degree in European Intellectual History, he studied meditation under Ajaan Fuang Jotiko in Thailand and ordained in 1976. In 1991 he helped establish Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego, CA where he is the abbot. He is a prolific writer and translator. Many of his works can be found online at

This daylong will be held at 4300 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA. Click on the address for info on parking around the Melrose Center.