Rodney Smith spent eight years in Buddhist monastic settings, both at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts and several years as a Buddhist monk in Asia. He ordained with Mahasi Sayadaw in Burma then practiced for three years with Ajahn Buddhadassa in Thailand. He disrobed as a monk in 1983 and, after returning to the West, started working in hospice care and teaching vipassana meditation throughout the U.S.
Rodney has devoted much of his energy to serving the dying, both in direct service positions and within hospice management, for the last 16 years. Currently Rodney is a full time dharma teacher conducting meditation classes, retreats, and offers spiritual consultations. He serves as a Senior Teacher for IMS and is the founding and guiding teacher for Seattle Insight Meditation. He is author of the book, Lessons From the Dying.