Buddhist practice opens the possibility of compassion, freedom and joy to everyone who is willing to undertake its simple practices. This is why I teach meditation–I love the fundamental goodness of it. And it’s an adventure, full of novelty and intrigue, always unfolding toward infinity.
I started to teach in the mid 1980s, giving talks and teaching silent, intensive retreats. Then, in 2006, I chose to make Buddhist teaching a central occupation (along with writing fiction). In 2010, 15 friends and I completed a 4-year teacher training sponsored by Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Society, two wonderful centers of Theravadin Buddhist practice in the West. My main offering is the insight meditation practice of Burma, Thailand and the US. And my Tibetan lama Kilung Jigme Rinpche has encouraged me to include a relaxed Dzogchen or Vajrayana quality whenever I share what I have learned about awareness.
I travel around the USA about one week per month, responding to teaching invitations from centers and groups–leading retreats either alone and with friends. I offer frequent daylongs around where I live in Massachusetts, especially in Newburyport, And I meet weekly with a small, private group in Cambridge.
What an honor it is to touch other people’s experiences in this way. May all beings be happy.
You can download many of my teachings at Dharmaseed.org.