Insight Meditation at 25 (Shambhala Sun)

Shambhala Sun, November 2001 The idea was almost too ridiculous to contemplate. Three twenty-something meditation teachers, who had spent most of their adult lives wandering around Asia, now stood in front of a 150-room, former Catholic monastery-complete with bowling alley-in the hills of central Massachusetts. They were debating whether to buy it. The plan was […]

“Something Has to Change”: Blacks in American Buddhism (Shambhala Sun)

Shambhala Sun, September 2001. Lawrence Pintak tells the compelling stories of three African-American dharma teachers. He asks them why American Buddhism attracts so few people of color and what can be done about it. Jan Willis was feeling euphoric. Sitting in the basement of a church in London’s impoverished East End last summer, she looked […]