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Rodney Smith (Buddhist)

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Rodney Smith (Buddhist)'s Biography

Rodney Smith (c. 1947) was a hospice caregiver for a number of years, and is currently an author and the guiding teacher of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society, an organization he founded in 1993. Smith was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and drafted during the Vietnam War, serving in Belgium as a medic. He returned home and became a social worker, when one evening he attended a lecture by Ram Dass in Cincinnati, Ohio that made him inspect his life more deeply—becoming a vegetarian and doing meditation. In 1976 he joined the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts as a long term yogi and later joined staff and performed menial jobs as a cook and janitor. While at IMS he developed a desire to go deeper into his vipassana practice, and in 1979 met the Burmese Theravada monk Mahasi Sayadaw. He chose to return with Sayadaw to Burma and was there ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk—studying in Thailand as a monk for an additional four years. He then decided to return to lay life, sensing that the monastic life was not his particular calling. While in Thailand he read the book "Who Dies?" by Stephen Levine and decided he would like to work with the dying. He returned to IMS and met up again with Ram Dass, who helped him get to work at a hospice located in Houston, Texas. He served in hospice settings for 17 years, and in 1993 he founded the Seattle Insight Meditation Society—where he is now a full time Dharma teacher. He is the author of Lesson from the Dying and Stepping out of Self-Deception (Shambhala 2010).

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Rodney Smith (Buddhist) News Stories

  • Cougars give players a second chance at football, life

      News Source: Wichita Eagle | 3 years ago
    On Saturday afternoon, defensive lineman Rodney Smith played in his 19th game for the Kansas Cougars, a semi-professional football team that plays its game at Fischer Field in Newton. But Smith, a 2005 Southeast graduate, doesn't think in those terms.
  • Recap: Florida State's spring game by the numbers

      News Source: Orlando Sentinel Online | over 3 years ago
    First things first, it should be noted that spring game scenarios are more about dissecting individual performances, and players' technical skills and seeing if a guy clearly is separating himself as a starter over a teammate he's competing against.
  • Florida State's backup QB race: Was there separation?

      News Source: Orlando Sentinel Online | over 3 years ago
    After he had a chance to watch it, he said, he could fully tell how well backup quarterbacks Clint Trickett and Will Secord performed in the contest, and have a better idea where they might stand on the depth chart. "Will had a throw or two, but didn'

Rodney Smith (Buddhist) Blogs

  • Direct and Subtle: Week 2 of Rodney Smith's "...

      Blog Source: | 3 years ago
    Buddhist Teachings · Tricycle Retreats. 0 Discuss; 0 Twitter · 48 Facebook. 0. Email. Direct and Subtle: Week 2 of Rodney Smith's "Selfless Practice". In "The Principle of Selflessness," (Week 2 of Rodney Smith's Tricycle Retreat, ...
  • blog | Tricycle

      Blog Source: | 3 years ago
    The Tricycle Retreat for May is "Selfless Practice," led by Vipassana teacher Rodney Smith. This retreat offers nothing less than a new way to live. In order to align ourselves with the fundamental truths of Buddhism, such as the truth ...
  • The Reformed Buddhist: Zen FlowChart?

      Blog Source: | 3 years ago
    9th Circuit Rules, for Third Time, that Confession in Wat Promkunaram Slayings Was Coerced and Therefore Invalid. 5 minutes ago. Tricycle - Awake in the World · Direct and Subtle: Week 2 of Rodney Smith's "Selfless Practice". 1 hour ago ...

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