I was formerly introduced to meditation in 1978, when I took mantra initiation in the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta lineage of Swami Vishnu Devananda. I struggled with this practice for over 20 years. Then I took a silent, week-long Ashtanga Yoga and Vipassana retreat with Richard Freeman and Wendy Zerin. One of the books on the reading list that Wendy suggested was The Experience of Insight by Joseph Goldstein.
I read the book a few years after this retreat, and it quite literally changed my life. I had that feeling we sometime are lucky to have, “This is what I’ve been looking for”.
I sat three 10-day retreats at the Insight Meditation Society in 2003-2004, two of them with Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzburg, and then started sitting one month or longer retreats in 2005, eventually connecting with my primary teacher Guy Armstrong. I’ve sat 7 month-long retreats at Spirit Rock in CA and two 6-week retreat at IMS in MA over the last 11 years. I strongly believe that, at least for me, the way to learn the practice is through this sort of intense retreat. What is practiced and taught at both these places is Theravaden Buddhist meditation and philosophy in the Burmese/Thai Tradition.
I practice and teach meditation/Buddha Dharma in Boulder and sometimes travel and teach in other places, particularly in Ottawa, Canada, where I used to live. Use the links below for more information on my teaching schedule, articles I have written, recorded dharama talks, and links to other sources of information and teaching in this lineage..
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