During a four-day Thanksgiving Weekend¬†retreat at the Bhavana Society a dozen years ago, I was listening to the society’s founder and abbot,¬†Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, give a dharma talk. A Sri Lankan monk from the age of 12, Bhante G came to the United States in 1968, when he was 40. He earned a bachelor’s, a…


With all due respect for the wisdom of the monastics, I wonder why they seek such total silence for meditation.