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An Interview With Ajahn Sumedho : Everyday Path Moments by Published in the Spirit Rock News, Volume 19, Number 1, February 2006 – August 2006
Ajahn Sumedho is abbot of the Amaravati Buddhist Centre in Hertfordshire and a former disciple of the late Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah, under whom he studied for ten years at the Wat Pah Pong monastery. Born in Seattle, Washington in 1934 and fully ordained in 1967, Ajahn Sumedho has worked closely with several lay organizations, including The English Sangha Trust. In 1975, he established Wat Pah Nanachat, international forest monastery, in Ubon Province, Thailand, and is considered a founding figure of the Thai Forest monastic tradition in the West. He is the author of Now is the Knowing, and his teachings are widely recognized for being practical and direct. Ajahn Sumedho was interviewed by Philip Moffitt, vipassana teacher and founder of the Life Balance Institute, for a feature in the Spirit Rock News, Volume 19, Number 1 (February 2006-August 2006)
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An Interview with Ruth Denison: BOWING TO LIFE DEEPLY by Insight Magazine Archives, Volume 8: Spring 1997
Ruth Denison is the founder and resident teacher of Dhamma Dena Desert Vipassana Center in Joshua Tree, California. She is the first generation of women teachers of vipassana in the West, and has been teaching at Insight Meditation Society in Barre since its inception in 1976. Ruth shared her life story and thoughts with Insight's editors while teaching at IMS in the fall of 1996. .
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An interview with Bhikkhu Bodhi: Climbing to the Top of the Mountain by www.dharma.org
What do you make of the fact that Buddhism is becoming so popular in this country? It is not difficult to understand why Buddhism should appeal to Americans at this particular juncture of our history. Theistic religions have lost their hold on the minds of many educated Americans, and this has opened up a deep spiritual vacuum that needs to be filled. For many, materialistic values are profoundly unsatisfying, and Buddhism offers a spiritual teaching that fits the bill. It is rational, experiential, practical, and personally verifiable; it brings concrete benefits that can be realized in one’s own life; it propounds lofty ethics and an intellectually cogent philosophy. Also, less auspiciously, it has an exotic air that attracts those fascinated by the mystical and esoteric.
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An Interview with Joseph Goldstein : The Practice of Impermanence by Inquiring Mind, PO Box 9999, Berkelely CA 94709 (Fall 2000)
Could you briefly explain the three characteristics and their role in the Buddha's teaching?
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An Interview with Joseph Goldstein by By Amy Gross, Tricycle Magazine: The Buddhist Review (Summer 1999)
Joseph Goldstein grew up in his family's resort in the Catskill Mountains of New York and graduated from Columbia University, where he majored in philosophy. Courses in Spinoza and Eastern Religion sparked an interest in both metaphysics and spiritual inquiry. "I read the Bhagavad Gita, and the whole notion of non-attachment-of acting without attachment to the fruits of the action-just made sense to me." He went to Thailand with the Peace Corps in 1965, met teachers of vipassana meditation in the Theravada tradition, and spent most of the next eight years in Asia. In l975, he, along with Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield, cofounded the Insight Meditation Society (IMS), in Barre, Massachusetts, one of the first vipassana residential retreat centers in the country. In 1989 he also helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.The author of The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation; Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom; and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom, Goldstein is now working on a new book, tentatively titled One Dharma. He is also involved in planning the Forest Refuge, a retreat center adjacent to IMS that will hold thirty to fifty people doing long-term intensive meditation practice-a next step, he says, for dharma practitioners in the West.
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An interview with Joseph Goldstein: To the Forest for Refuge by Andrew Olendzki (From Fall 1998 issue of Insight) September 1, 1998.
Joseph, after practicing in India for ten years and teaching in this country for more than twenty, you have recently returned from a well-earned teaching sabbatical, in which I understand you did quite a bit of personal meditation practice. Has anything emerged from this experience, in terms of greater clarity?
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Interview with Joseph Goldstein: by by Sally Clough and Guy Armstrong, Spirit Rock in January, 1996, in Nicasio, California
Spirit Rock: Joseph, we've noticed in your talks recently a real sense of urgency around practice and a strong sense of the passing of time. Where is that sense of urgency coming from? Joseph: I think it's probably coming from the fact that I'm getting older, and there's definitely a sense of some finite amount of time left in this life. So I'm feeling the inspiration to practice as much as I can while I have the opportunity. It feels to me like we're in such a privileged time in terms of the availability of the dharma and the availability of practice. We never know when conditions might change.
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An Interview with Joseph Goldstein: Empty Phenomena Rolling On by Helen Tworkov,in October 1993,Tricycle Magazine,in Barre.
This interview took place in Barre in October 1993, and was conducted for Tricycle Magazine by editor Helen Tworkov at IMS in October, 1993. Reprinted with permission of Tricycle Magazine.
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An Interview with Corrado Pensa: The Unifying Quality of Dharma by Insight Magazine Archives, Volume 6: Spring 1996
Corrado Pensa is the guiding teacher of the Association for Mindfulness Meditation in Rome and a professor of Eastern Philosophy at the University of Rome. He is a former psychotherapist, and each summer for many years, Corrado has joined Larry Rosenberg in leading the “old yogi“ retreat for experienced meditators at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre. He shares some of his thoughts with Insight’s editors.
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An Interview with Kamala Masters and Steve Armstrong: Sharing A Vision Of Practice by Insight Magazine Archives, Volume 9: Fall 1997
Kamala Masters has been practicing insight meditation for two decades with Munindra-ji, Sayadaw U Pandita and others, and has been mentored in her native Hawaii by Steven Smith and Michele McDonald-Smith. She has been leading retreats at IMS and elsewhere with Steve Armstrong and others for several years. She and Steve make their home on Maui, where they are raising a daughter. Steve Armstrong first came to IMS in 1977, served on the staff for more than two years and on the IMS board of directors before seeking ordination as a Theravada monk in Burma. He spent five years as the bhikkhu Buddharakkhita, practicing meditation with U Pandita and studying Abhidhamma with U Zagara. Since returning to lay life in 1991, he has been leading vipassana/metta retreats at IMS and worldwide.
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