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Kamala Masters

Kamala Masters began practicing meditation in the mid-seventies attending retreats in the Theravada tradition. In 1977 she met Anagarika Munindra, her first teacher, who taught her the value of being mindful in everyday life. In 1985, she began to practice vipassana and metta meditations intensively with Sayadaw U Pandita with whom she temporarily ordained as a Buddhist nun in 2001 and 2003. In 2005, she began practicing cittanupassana, contemplation of mind, with Sayadaw U Tejaniya. She integrates this teaching with what she has learned from her other respected teachers.

Since the early nineties, Kamala has been teaching in the United States and abroad, and is a Guiding Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society. In 1995 she co-founded Vipassana Metta Foundation with Steve Armstrong, developing the Maui Dhamma Sanctuary for self-reliant students to practice. She served as an editor on the Vipassana Metta Foundation Translation Committee for Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, published by Wisdom Publications in 2016.

Kamala strives for extended periods of self-retreat each year. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve and to grow in the Dhamma.

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February 11, 2021 - The Two Guardians of the World

The development of the mind and heart through meditation, which is what we do in our practice, is bhāvanā, cultivation of this fertile soil from which the fruit of freedom can come. The cultivation of awareness is really coming to see in a very intimate way the default habit patterns of the mind. We need a lot of mettā, and compassion, and equanimity to do that. We need these also to see the joy and delight of moments of being free. These come together so beautifully, these practices of the heart, and the practices of training the mind. It’s all one thing.

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