Bodhipaksa is a Buddhist practitioner, blogger, and teacher. He is the author of ten books and audiobooks, and the founder of Wildmind, a publishing company and online meditation resource. He has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1982, and started teaching meditation in the late 1980’s.
‘Bodhipaksa’ means ‘Wings of Enlightenment’, and he was given this name on his ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1993. Shortly afterward, Bodhipaksa became the director of Dhanakosa, a retreat center in the Scottish Highlands, where he led many meditation retreats. He later became the director of the Edinburgh Buddhist Centre in Scotland, and the Rocky Mountain Buddhist Center in Missoula, Montana. Bodhipaksa completed an interdisciplinary masters’ degree at the University of Montana, exploring the overlap between Buddhism and business (traditionally known as “Right Livelihood”).
Bodhipaksa now writes and teaches full-time. His most recent book, “Living as a River”, published by Sounds True in October 2010, is about embracing change.
Bodhipaksa lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children they adopted from Ethiopia. He has a strong interest in teaching meditation in prison, and keeps in contact with several former inmates who were formerly part of the group he helps run behind bars.