I live today with an abiding sense of the preciousness, the precariousness, and the privilege of human life. Being awake, moment to moment, is for me the heartbeat of the practice, a celebration of life without motivation: no future, no past, just now! It is my delight and passion to bring this sense of blessing to my Vipassana teaching practice.
Living with AIDS these last eleven years, I populate a vivid landscape between life and death. I bring to teaching this sense of the fleetingness of existence. I have faith that however dark or difficult the circumstances, with mindfulness and the forces of the heart, they are ultimately workable.
When teaching, I do not shy away from the provocative and the challenging. I love to explore uncomfortable edges in a skillful, loving and gentle way. Living with an ever-present sense of gratitude, these days, I make every effort to fully live the teachings. My prayer is to know a life of love, joy, and responsibility; to be awake, fully engaged and spread my wings as far as they will go. I hope this sense of possibility saturates my teaching.
In an era of terrorism, vengeance and a thirsting for enemies, the practice of insight meditation offers the possibility of a trustworthy and transformative response to the heartbreak of these times. Following the talk is a guided forgiveness meditation.