Tempel Smith began practicing meditation in 1989. In 1997 he ordained as a monk in Burma with Sayadaw U Pandita and Pa Auk Sayadaw. Now, back in the Bay Area, he is works on integrating these deep meditative practices into daily life and in his work with the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Tempel has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology, is the founder of the West Coast Teen Meditation Retreat, and founder of BASE House, an intentional community dedicated to Socially Engaged Buddhism.
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