February 06, 2008

Tricycle Q & A: Ask Stephan Bodian

Meditation for DummiesZen and Vedanta teacher, psychotherapist, and author of Meditation for Dummies (and co-author of Buddhism for Dummies) Stephan Bodian is taking questions now on Tricycle.com. His newest book is called Wake Up Now: A Guide to the Journy of Spiritual Awakening.

Stephan began practicing Zen in 1970 with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and, after training at Tassajara, was ordained a monk by Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi in 1974. He directed the training program at the Zen Center of Los Angeles and headed an affiliate center in San Diego before setting aside his robes in 1982 to study Western psychology. In 1988 he met Advaita master Jean Klein and studied with him until Klein’s death in 1998. In 1999 he encountered Zen teacher Adyashanti and received Dharma transmission in 2001.

For more information, visit his website at stephanbodian.org.

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Jo  Garcia-Cobb's picture

The death of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is a time of reflection on the fruits of this man’s teachings. My husband and I practiced Transcendental Meditation for many years as well as the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Over the years, we found that both the practice of TM and following Maharishi’s teachings led us on a path that we would not have chosen had we known better. It was a path that led to much darkness, not light.
A path that led to selfishness, not love. It is our hope that his disciples would take a much deeper look at where this path has led them, bless his soul, stop misleading people, and move on.

Jo Garcia-Cobb
Mt. Angel, Oregon

DaveS's picture

I admit to having practiced TM for decades and contrary to the above note this path has led to much light (ie. awareness), joy, insights, creativity, etc. as well away from selfishness. I have taken a deeper look into this path than apparently the above and find this opinion to be without facts, misleading and vague inuendo. I can relate to the darkness of stress release but that cannot stand for long. What one does with the light is just as important and can easily bring more suffering so rather than blame the path consider the persons choices outside of meditation. The partially blind following the partially blind constitutes misleading without bad intention usually...bless their souls.