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

Michele Benzamin-Miki

Michele Benzamin-Miki, a student of Thich Nhat Hanh for fourteen years, has many years of Vipassana practice. Her work is influenced by understanding that spiritual practice comes to fullness when it is based in everyday life. She co-founded Manzanita Village Retreat Center and Ordinary Dharma Center in Southern California and holds a fifth degree black belts in both Aikido and Iaido. She teaches peace education youth at risk in the inner cities of Los Angeles.

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