Gil_FronsdalGil Fronsdale is a Buddhist who has practiced Soto Zen and Vipassana since 1975, and is currently a Buddhist teacher who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gil was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and is part of the Vipassana teachers’ collective at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982 and was a Theravada monk in Burma in 1985. In 1995 he received Dharma transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center.

He is the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) of Redwood City, California. He has a PhD inBuddhist Studies from Stanford University. His many dharma talks available online contain basic information on meditation and Buddhism, as well as subtle concepts of Buddhism explained at the level of the lay person.” Wikipedia

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5 thoughts on “A DHARMA TALK: Being Present

  1. After listening in Gil’s talk this morning, I am reminded of Jane Hirshfield’s lovely poem,

    “Late Prayer”

    Tenderness does not chose its own uses
    it goes out to everything equally,
    circling rabbit and hawk.
    Look: in the iron bucket,
    a single nail, a single ruby–
    all the heavens and hells.
    They rattle in the heart and make one sound.

    Jane Hirsfield

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  2. Jamie: Thanks so much for presenting Gil Fronsdal on our blog. Gil is a remarkable blend of brilliance and humility. We are indeed lucky to have a such a loving force and teacher in our lives at the present time!

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