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"Mindfulness, the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience, is at the heart of what the Buddha taught.”
—Sylvia Boorstein

Steve Armstrong

Steve Armstrong began his dhamma practice in 1975 with senior Western teachers Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield. After 10 years of retreats and service on staff and as Executive Director and Board member at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, he travelled to Burma where he ordained for five years as the Buddhist monk, U Buddharakkhita, and practiced intensive vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness) at the Mahasi Meditation Center in Yangon with Burmese monastics Sayadaws U Pandita (mindfulness, metta, vipassana), U Lakkhana (vipassana), U Jatilla (vipassana), and studied abhidhamma with U Zagara in Australia.
Returning to the US in 1990, after disrobing to become a layman, he has led meditation retreats, including the annual 3-month retreat at IMS for 18 years. Since 2004, he has been practicing "mindfulness of mind" with Sayadaw U Tejaniya and now integrates the teachings of these two awareness and insight traditions. He has taught mindfulness, insight and abhidhamma retreats in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US since 1991.
As a co-founding Director and Guiding Teacher of the Vipassana Metta Foundation along with Kamala Masters, they have overseen development of "Ho'omalamalama," a 17-acre dhamma sanctuary and hermitage on Maui where they have planted more than 2500 fruit, shade, tropical hardwood and native Hawaiian trees.
Beginning in 2005, he has directed the Myanmar Schools Project: the compassionate response by the Vipassana Metta Foundation, to the need for educational facilities in Myanmar. To date (2016), they have built or renovated 100 schools, 5 clinics and 5 nunneries in Burma.
In 2000, he initiated a project to develop and lead the Vipassana Metta Foundation Translation Committee, a team of current and former Burmese and Western monastics well practiced in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition of vipassana, to translate, edit and publish Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight in English. This authoritative and comprehensive meditation manual was published by Wisdom Publications in May, 2016.



Upcoming events with Steve Armstrong
6/6/2016A Field Guide to the Mind: Practical Abhidhamma for Meditators
Adyashanti
Noliwe Alexander
Hameed Ali
Lama Tsultrim Allione
Bhikkhu Analayo
Katchie Ananda
Steve Armstrong
Pascal Auclair
Adam Baraz
Jane Baraz
Pawan Bareja
Teja Bell
Marvin Belzer
Jennifer Berezan
Tony Bernhard
Dale Borglum
Sandy Boucher
Heidi Bourne
Tara Brach
Ajahn Brahm
Matthew Brensilver
Edward Espe Brown
Gary Buck
Bhante Buddharakkhita
Grove Burnett
Leslie Butterfield
Carol Cano
Shaila Catherine
Doug Chermak
Janice Clarfield
Dan Clurman
Patrick Coffey
Enrique Collazo
Anne Cushman
Robert Cusick
Lama Surya Das
Pablo Das
Ruth Davis
Bruce Davis
Eve Decker
Albert Flynn DeSilver
Bob Doppelt
Joan Doyle
Bonnie Duran
Sean Fargo
Forest Fein
Sean Feit Oakes
Vinny Ferraro
Norman Fischer
Grace Fisher
Robert Gass
Janice Gates
Rolf Gates
Shahara Godfrey
Joseph Goldstein
Trudy Goodman
Linda Graham
Kevin Griffin
Mingtong Gu
Rick Hanson
JoAnna Harper
Susie Harrington
Chip Hartranft
Andrew Holecek
Roger Housden
Jeremy Jensen
Muriel Johnson
Ofosu Jones-Quartey
Ali Kane
Ajahn Karunadhammo
Miki Kashtan
Byron Katie
Ruth King
Kittisaro
Madeline Klyne
Teresa LaMendola Kabat-Zinn
Rebekah Laros
Brian Lesage
Noah Levine
Narayan Helen Liebenson
Andrea Lieberstein
Brahmani Liebman
Lee Lipp
H. Margarita Loinaz
Joanna Macy
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
Heather Martin
John Martin
Konda Mason
Kamala Masters
Frank McGouirk
Mosheh Milon
Nikki Mirghafori
Franz Moeckl
Matthew Morey
George Mumford
Kate Munding
Winnie Nazarko
Kristin Neff
Roshi Doshin Michael Nelson
Dungse Jampal Norbu
Annie Nugent
Sara Oakes
Anne Oliver
Frank Ostaseski
Venerable Pannavati
Isabelita Papa
Ajahn Pasanno
Suzanne Pegas
Tina Rasmussen
Manuela Reeds
Susana Renaud
Marcy Reynolds
David Richo
Dungsey Lhuntrul Dechen Gyurmey Rinpoche
Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche
Broderick Rodell
Leyna Roget
Sakti Rose
Betsy Rose
Adrianne Ross
Jaya Rudgard
Sharon Salzberg
Ayya Santacitta
Alexis Santos
La Sarmiento
Clifford Saron
Jill Satterfield
Concha Saucedo
Greg Scharf
Sara Schedler
Martina Schneider
Dawn Scott
Erin Selover
Raja Selvam
Nirali Shah
Richard Shankman
Ashley Sharp
Gina Sharpe
Dan Siegel
Maura Singer-Williams
Stephen Snyder
Ayya Sobhana
Oren J Sofer
Sobonfu Some
Bob Stahl
Beth Sternlieb
Ajahn Sucitto
Heather Sundberg
Susa Talan
Ayya Tathaaloka Bhikkhuni
George Taylor
Thanissara
The Green Group
Anam Thubten
Erin Treat
Christine Tulis
Jai Uttal
Terry Vandiver
Constance Washburn
Arinna Weisman
Pamela Weiss
Lila Kate Wheeler
DaRa Williams
Carol Wilson
Nina Wise
Christiane Wolf
Ajahn Yatiko
Ayya Yeshe