Guest Teacher Talk with Bhikkhu Sambodhi: How Has the Idea of Gradual Training Gone Out the Window?

Tuesday, April 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m. In person and on Zoom. Drop-in; no registration required.

Followed by dhamma discussion (Q & A)

In person at the city center and on Zoom (Zoom link will be posted on our calendar closer to the time of the event.)

Ven. Sambodhi was born in the mid-sixties in what was then known as Czechoslovakia and what is now the Czech Republic, one of the most irreligious countries in the world. Raised as an atheist with an initial strong bend toward “hard” science, he eventually ended up graduating in math and physics. The subsequent postgraduate study of psychology, a “soft” science, led him to encounter Buddhist meditation for the first time in 1992. He then abandoned psychology and worked as a journalist, a translator, and a publishing house editor for six years, while pursuing the Buddha’s path of the Dhamma as a lay practitioner. In 1995 though, he went to Burma for the first time and for 10 months practiced vipassana meditation in Mahasi Meditation Centre in Yangon, while being temporarily ordained as a monk.
His subsequent ordination as a bhikkhu took place in 2000 in Pa Auk forest monastery in Lower Burma where he underwent intense training in samatha meditation for 2 years. He then moved to Sri Lanka where he spent – on and off – 12 years and was mostly associated with the forest tradition of Galduwa. A few of those years were also spent in solitude, in simple solitary huts in  the area called Laggala.
Besides association with both Burmese and Sri Lankan traditions, he also spent considerable time in Western monasteries of Luang Por Chah lineage, where he benefited tremendously  from their teachings.

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