“All the Unpopular Buddhist Topics” (Devas, Body Contemplation & More!): A Morning of Practice with Ajahn Nisabho
January 6, 2024 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
In Buddhism’s coming to the West, several key teachings—such as body-contemplation and a colorful cosmology, enlightenment—have been dismissed as cultural baggage, incongruous with modern understandings. Many of these, however, represent meaningful parts of the Buddhist path, and their omission can limit practice. Plus, some of them (celestial beings) are fun! Join us for a morning with teachings the ancients thought essential, but which you might not find on Headspace.
After finishing college in 2012, Ajahn Nisabho left his native Washington to go forth as a Buddhist monk in Thailand. He received full ordination the following spring under Ajahn Anan, a senior disciple of renowned meditation master, Ajahn Chah, and spent the following years training in forest monasteries throughout Thailand, Australia, and the US. While staying with some of the lineage’s most respected teachers, he grew to believe the Thai Forest Tradition’s balance of communal life with solitary forest dwelling, careful adherence to the monastic precepts, and focus on meditation represented a faithful embodiment of the original Buddhist path. Moreover, his time with contemporary masters such as Ajahn Anan, Ajahn Pasanno, and Ajahn Jayasaro, convinced him that such a path could yield great fruit in the heart even amidst the complexities of modern life. He currently resides in Seattle as part of Clear Mountain Monastery’s aspiration.