Sila, Samadhi and Panna: Living the Three Manifestations of Practice

A Three Week Class with Gene Lushtak

Wednesday, August 12, 19, and 26


San Francisco

Would you like a better sense of direction in your practice? Our internal world is vast: without a clear path, even the most sincere practitioner can end up wandering around in circles. Although meditation practice emphasizes stillness, nondoing and surrender, the Buddha was clear that we are working towards a goal. Understanding how the Eightfold Path manifests in the development of Sila, Samadhi, and Pañña (Ethics, Stillness, and Wisdom) is crucial to setting the right course for liberation.

Over three weeks we will investigate the relationship between Sila, Samadhi, and Pañña, and how these three essential facets provide direction for our development on the path. This class will include meditation, dharma talks, personal guidance, and small groups to support you throughout the week’s investigation. All levels of practice experience are welcome.

Please note that this is not a drop-in class, but is intended to be taken in its entirety. Please consider your commitment to the class before enrolling.

Registration for this class is now closed. 

Cost: $50 for registration before August 5, $60 after, plus dana to the teacher.

Some scholarships and work-study are are available. Please email for more information. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Gene Lushtak has been practicing meditation for nearly 20 years. Inspired by his experiences with multiple month-long retreats, he moved to Thailand to ordain as a monk in 2004. On returning to the U.S., Gene sought to bring the teachings into lay life. He completed Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Training and taught mindfulness in grade schools as part of InnerKids in Los Angeles. Gene has led numerous ongoing meditation groups, and currently teaches with Against the Stream and Mindful Schools. Gene is also trained in Somatic Experiencing – a modality that emphasizes the role of nervous system regulation in recovery from trauma.

This class will be taught at our San Francisco Center on 2701 Folsom Street.