I am very pleased to announce a new opportunity that has developed for me. Robert Wright, author and founder of Bloggingheads.tv and MeaningofLife.tv, has invited to me to “try my hand” at interviews for MeaningofLife.tv with thought leaders in the worlds of meditation, yoga and spirituality. This is an enormous honor for me, and as cliché as it will sound, a dream come true.
My first conversation was with Senior Dharma Teacher, Kamala Masters. Kamala has practiced Insight Meditation for over forty years in the lineage of the Burmese teacher Mahasi Sayadaw. Many consider Mahasi Sayadaw to be the grandfather of the modern mindfulness movement, as so many of the leading Western teachers have worked directly with him and his senior students (Anagarika Munindra, Sayadaw U Pandita). In this episode, Kamala and I explore the historical impact of Mahasi Sayadaw, his unique method of ‘noting’ meditation, and the kinds of experiences and transformations that come with this path. Kamala is also one of the main editors for the recently released English Translation of Mahasi Sayadaw’s seminal work on meditation: Manual of Insight. I found Kamala to possess a profound depth of integrity, wisdom, and warm compassion.
Disclaimer: as the first of these conversations, I humbly acknowledge to having committed a handful of ‘rookie’ errors. Those will, hopefully, be smoothed with experience going forward adnI thank you for your patience.
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Interview with Kamala Masters for www.MeaningofLife.tv:
Originally published on June 22, 2016