“If you’re invested in security and certainty,
you are on the wrong planet.” 
– Pema Chödrön


The Truth of Old Age, Sickness, Death and Awakening – Bob Stahl

Jun 30, 2024

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How have the Four Heavenly Messengers led you to the path of the dharma?

In this talk, Bob Stahl shares his own experience with these messengers and how they changed the course of his life in the midst of being a very confused young man without direction.

He encourages us to consider the conditions and events that have appeared in our own lives to shepherd us toward awakening.


Bob Stahl, Ph.D., founded eight Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs in medical centers in the SF Bay Area before he retired from El Camino Hospital in Mt. View, California.

He serves as an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the School of Public Health at Brown University Mindfulness Center and formerly at the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Bob teaches MBSR Teacher Trainings and Insight Mindfulness Meditation retreats worldwide and is the former guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society. He is the co-author of five books: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (1st & 2nd editions), Living With Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Everyday. Find him at https://www.mindfulnessprograms.com/