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Phillip Moffitt

Phillip Moffitt is a Buddhist meditation teacher and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has taught Theravada Buddhism for the past 25 years and served as co-guiding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center from 2010 to 2018. His teacher, the Venerable Ajahn Sumedho, inspired his book on the Four Noble Truths, Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering.


Prior to immersing himself in the study of Theravada Buddhism, Phillip spent over ten years studying and practicing yoga with teachers in the Sivananda and Iyengar traditions. He has written numerous articles about practicing the dharma in daily life for both Buddhist and yoga magazines. Many of these articles, as well as recordings of Moffitt’s dharma talks, can be found on his website Dharma Wisdom.


Phillip’s most recent book, Awakening through the Nine Bodies, presents his understanding of a set of teachings about the nature of consciousness that were transmitted to him by the Himalayan yoga master Swami Sri Premvarni Balyogi.These teachings are useful to vipassana practitioners who wish to explore in meditation the various qualities and energies of consciousness.


In addition to teaching meditation, Phillip is the president of Life Balance Institute, which he founded in 1995. In his work at the institute, he trains individuals and groups in the principles of values-based leadership and living with an emphasis on how to skillfully make major life transitions. His book Emotional Chaos to Clarity presents many of the principles that he uses in life balance and skillful change work.


Before becoming a meditation teacher and founding Life Balance Institute, Phillip was editor-in-chief and CEO of Esquire and led the successful turnaround of the magazine in the 1980s.


For more information, please contact Jennifer Ward, Director of Programs, 415-686-1576, jennifer@lifebalance.org


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