Join Deep South Dharma on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 7pm CT/8pm ET. We will welcome this month's Guest Teacher, Abhaya Darpana!
Abhaya is ordained as a Dharmacharya in the Embracing Simplicity Contemplative Order under Venerables Pannavati and Pannadipa and is an affiliated teacher at Heartwood Refuge & Retreat Center. His primary practices spring from an affinity for the approaches offered in Early Buddhism; including Satipaṭṭhāna (4 Establishings of Mindfulness) in the style offered by Bhikkhu Anālayo, Ānāpānasati (Breath Based Mindfulness), and the Brahma Vihāras (Heavenly Abidings) He also has an appreciation for the later traditions, having undertaken Vajrayāna and Zen retreats. He formally received the 5 Mindfulness Trainings from Thích Nhất Hạnh in 2013.
Having worked for over 25 years in the hospital critical care setting, Abhaya brings his intimacy with the illness, death, and dying processes to bear in Dharma sharing. He is also passionate about Dharma as a central support for dealing with addictions of all kinds.
Abhaya's spiritual journey includes being raised Catholic, diving deeply into Full Gospel Protestant teachings, and involvement with Unitarian Universalism. He committed to the path of Dharma in 2010.
Abhaya has two lovely grown daughters and an amazing canine companion named Bodhi, who has served as a therapy dog in hospitals, nursing homes & addiction treatment facilities through the University of Tennessee's Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT) program.