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Rodney Smith, Founding Teacher

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.

At the end of 2016, Rodney retired from a full-time teaching role after more than 30 years of teaching. He served as a Senior Teacher for IMS and the founding and guiding teacher of Seattle Insight Meditation. He is author of the books Lessons From the DyingStepping Out of Self-Deception: The Buddha’s Liberating Teaching of No-Self, and Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart.


Becoming the Mystery We Are

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Are we ready to move beyond our known perceptions? How do our current practices sustain our beliefs about the world and ourselves? What holds us back is our investment in the known shape and certainty of the world, while the gateway to transcendence is through the recognition of the unfathomable mystery we forever are. Through …

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