- This week we present an interview pre-recorded on Skype with Gil Fronsdal. Gil Fronsdal is the co-teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California; he has been teaching since 1990. He has practiced Zen and Vipassana in the U.S. and Asia since 1975. He was a Theravada monk in Burma in 1985, and in 1989 began training with Jack Kornfield to be a Vipassana teacher. Gil teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center where he is part of its Teachers Council. Gil was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. He currently serves on the SF Zen Center Elders’ Council.
In 2011 Gil founded IMC’s Insight Retreat Center. He has an undergraduate degree in agriculture from U.C. Davis where he was active in promoting the field of sustainable farming. In 1998 he received a Ph.D in Religious Studies from Stanford University studying the earliest developments of the bodhisattva ideal. Gil is the author of The Issue at Hand, essays on mindfulness practice; a book of original teaching stories called A Monastery Within; a book on the five hindrances called Unhindered; and he is the translator of The Dhammapada, published by Shambhala Publications.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #175 - 24JAN15
The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream.
This week's podcast features:
More information about Gil Fronsdal's work and interests can be found at: