The Association is inspired by the teachings of Thai Buddhist Meditation Master Luangpor Teean, and advocates the following core principles:
- The recognition that there are degrees of relief from suffering—up to its total cessation.
- The complete cessation of suffering is possible for each of us with diligent practice.
- This release from suffering is based on seeing clearly, for oneself, the action of the body and mind in the present moment, and begins with the distinguishing of physical reality from conceptual thought.
- The realization of this cessation of suffering is most likely when both formal meditation practice and practice during daily life are supported and combined.
Our local practice communities avoid ritual and dogma, and do not discourage practice in other spiritual traditions. Our centers aspire to cultivate an atmosphere of openness, gentleness and mutual support.
The Mahasati Insight Meditation Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted and necessary for our survival. None of the funds go to the teachers but do help to defray the costs of running the organization. We thank you for any gifts or pledges that you may offer.