As I previously mentioned, I was very, very fortunate to travel to and live at Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India, with several other undergraduates on Antioch Education Abroad’s Buddhist Studies in India Program in 1999. During that time, we were blessed to receive instruction in vipassana meditation from Godwin Samararatne and Anagarika Sri Munindra (1915-2003) – the Bengali master who is the subject of Mirka Knaster’s recent book Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra, and whose many students included such luminaries as Dipa Ma, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, and Lama Surya Das. As I said before:
I have many wonderful memories of Munindra-ji, including sitting with him at our group’s last dinner together with him in Bodh Gaya. (I remember him asking me a little bit about my home state of Indiana, and checking in with me periodically to make sure I was getting enough to eat and drink.) One of my very first teachers, he was a truly extraordinary little man who left an indelible impression on me.
I was fortunate to interview Knaster and her co-author (and my old boss) C. Robert Pryor for Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Online. I hope you’ll take a look.