Developing a clear understanding of the teachings and learning to fully inhabit the body have been core parts of my Dhamma practice. These areas, as well a strong emphasis on the heart, inform and shape my teaching. The few years I spent training as an Anagarika in the Thai Forest monasteries broadened my understanding of the Buddha's teachings and instilled a profound respect for the Bhikkhu and Bhikkhuni Sangha. All along the way, I've been particularly interested in how other modalities like Nonviolent Communication and Somatics can support our growth in awakening.
The teachings of Buddhism are often understood as an individual practice of psychological and spiritual liberation. How do these teachings and practices apply to transforming our relationships and our society? What is the freedom promised by the Buddhist path and how does it relate to issues of systemic oppression and collective suffering?