Pragmatic Dharma in the New York Times

The times they are a changin’. Well, at least the New York Times.

The national paper of record recently posted an op-ed piece by Jeff Warren describing an intense pragmatic dharma retreat that he took with Daniel Ingram. During the retreat he was shooting for stream entry and describes in detail how the stages of insight unfolded for him, and Dr. Ingram’s advice along the way. Well worth a read:


The article can be read here.



Posted on December 17, 2012, in buddhism, Dark Night, Enlightenment, Meditation, vipassana and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the link, Ron!
    Very interesting reading about it in NYT…
    I guess many can relate to the “being right next to the edge and then losing momentum” he describes.

    • It happens more often than one might think. There are a lot of things that can thwart the practice at the last minute, including escapism like that described in the article. My guess is that he was feeling some existential fear as he approached the precipice and backed away. The good news though is that once you get that close you’ll always want to go back…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: