Winter in Australia and New Zealand – study and practice opportunities

This year is flying by, and in less than two weeks I plan to be in retreat at the Forest Refuge for the whole month of May.  So I wanted to take the opportunity now to remind NZ friends that there are still some places available for the 14-16 June weekend retreat at Bella Rakha …

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Parami – a new book by Ajahn Sucitto

I was recently given a copy of Ajahn Sucitto's latest free book, "Parami: Ways to Cross Life's Floods,"  and have found it to be one of those rare books that I don't want to put down, and can't wait to come back to. The ten parami (sometimes translated as "ten perfections") are qualities of heart/mind …

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Doing and being

Mangawhai Beach One of the delights of teaching insight meditation retreats is experiencing first-hand how even though the form and content of each retreat is similar, the mix of people attending each event is unique, and out of this uniqueness, different practice themes naturally emerge. Recently I taught a couple of day-long silent retreats in …

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Effort and Enjoyment

Chicago lake shore Last week I gave a talk to the Lakeside Vipassana meditation group in Chicago.  It was an incredibly cold evening outside (by my standards) but there was a good turn-out and a warm response to my exploration of Effort and Enjoyment in meditation practice. I've been meeting with meditation groups in a …

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