Everything can be summarized in a pāli word: kalyāṇa mitta.
“Kalyāṇa mitta” is the good spiritual friend, the one who does not block our Buddhist practice but, on the countrary, encourages it. He applauds us when we excel and also tells us where we can improve when we are into trouble, in the grip of our dysfunctional ways of seeing reality. Finally, he is the one that offers us a big opportunity: he supports us in creating a favorable enviroment for Dhamma (Buddha’s teaching) practice. This is the reason that led us to organize events, conferences and retreats and we are happy to offer our time and skills for this high and rewarding aim.
The Jhāna Retreat Staff
Andrea Serafino: 33 years old, a Politics graduated and employee. He has been passionate about Buddhist practice since he was a teenager and started to attend Tibetan tradition centers. In 2007 he started to deepen his studies and also get closer to the Theravāda practice, that would become preponderant in the following years. He has participated in some retreats held by highly qualified teachers such as Alan Wallace, Corrado Pensa, Andrea Cappellari and Antonio Satta. In 2012 he became a teacher of mindfulness (Italian Center of Mindfulness) and in 2013 he organized the first European Jhāna retreat on samatha practice, guided by Stephen Snyder.