“If you hear the sound of the birds, it’s because it’s quiet enough to hear them. Hear the chirping of the birds and hear the silence that lets us hear. Sounds appear in the silence. It is possible to be aware of both the sounds and the silence.” —Gil Fronsdal
More about Gil Fronsdal:
Gil Fronsdal is the co-teacher of the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California; he has been educating since 1990. He has been practising Zen and Vipassana within the US and Asia since 1975. He was a Theravada monk in Burma in 1985 and commenced coaching with Jack Kornfield in 1989 to turn into a Vipassana instructor. Gil teaches Spirit Rock Meditation Center the place he’s a part of the Teachers’ Council. Gil was ordained as Soto Zen Priest on the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 acquired Dharma transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. He is presently a member of the SF Zen Center Elders’ Council. In 2011 he based IMCs Insight retreat center. Gil has a bachelor’s diploma in agriculture from UC Davis, the place he was lively in selling sustainable agriculture. In 1998 he acquired his PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford University, the place he studied the earliest developments of the bodhisattva ideally suited. He is the creator of The problem at handessays on mindfulness workouts; Inside a monastery; known as a e-book on the 5 hurdles unimpeded; and the translator of The Dhammapada, revealed by Shambhala Publications. You can take heed to Gil’s speeches Audio dharma.