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Meditation MP3s

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Guided meditations are an excellent way to learn meditation as a beginner, or to deepen your skills if you have an existing practice.

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Articles on meditation

texts Bodhipaksa has published many articles on meditation and other aspects of conscious living on Wildmind, his online meditation center. Click here to read Bodhipaksa's articles on



Most of Bodhipaksa's videos on Youtube are available only to participants in his online meditation events, but some are available to the public.

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books by bodhipaksa

Bodhipaksa has published several books on meditation and other aspects of Buddhist practice, available at your local bookstore or at Amazon.

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What people say

My sitting experience has been transformed from being dominated by fear and pain to being more spacious and safe-feeling. Pain is workable now and I have a sense of much more ease.

Bodhipaksa has always had the time to answer my questions personally with compassion and insight. A simple online meeting with him could be life changing.

Bodhipaksa embodies an unusual combination of penetrating wisdom, simplicity and modesty, heartfelt good humor, deep contemplative training, grounding in science, and direct clear expression. A wonderful friend and teacher for the path.

Bodhipaksa has an understanding of practice that is subtle and yet bold. His instruction is traditional yet has a modernism that makes sense to my modern mind.

Bodhipaksa has given me the instruments, ideas and and attitudes to safely navigate the mundane stresses and the grand upheavals that life inevitably presents.

…a welcoming, kindhearted teacher who is passionate about teaching the Dharma and helping to relieve suffering in this world.

I value the kindness, clarity, and generous spirit with which Bodhipaksa teaches meditation. He’s an inspiring teacher, moreover, one who feels like a spiritual friend.

…helps me understand myself and how I want to live this life. The impact is so powerful I immediately want to share his wisdom with my patients who are people amidst trauma and irrevocable loss.

Recent Publications

“This Difficult Thing of Being Human”

Bodhipaksa’s book on self-compassion, “This Difficult Thing of Being Human: The Art of Self-Compassion” was published on November 25, 2019, by Parallax Press. Choose from one of three delicious formats!

From the back cover: We all long for someone to offer us unconditional love and support. But what if that person is us? The practice of mindful self-compassion creates the space we need so that observation, acceptance, and real love can enter, no matter how judgmental or disconnected we may feel.

It sounds like a simple idea: to be kind to yourself. But if you pay attention to your thoughts, habits, and self-talk, you may find that it’s more difficult than it sounds. The intentional practice of self-compassion, outlined here by Buddhist scholar and teacher Bodhipaksa, can help you find greater overall wellbeing, emotional resilience, physical health, and willpower. Bodhipaksa provides both the why and the how of mindful self-compassion, drawing on contemporary psychology and neuroscience and also on Buddhist psychology, weaving the modern and ancient together into a coherent whole.

Contemporary psychologists are focusing less on self-esteem and more on self-compassion. Bodhipaksa, a practicing meditator of more than thirty years, effortlessly blends ancient techniques dating back to the time of the Buddha with the most recent understanding of psychology and neuroscience. And in the end, as Bodhipaksa writes, it is actually quite simple: “Life is short. Be kind.”

“Bodhipaksa gently reminds us that compassion for others begins with compassion for ourselves. This book is a wise guide to five key skills that bring mindful self-compassion to our own suffering and allow us to move through the world with our hearts wide open.”
—Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance

“I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha!”

Bodhipaksa’s book on Fake Buddha Quotes, “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha!” was published on November 6, 2018, by Parallax Press. Choose from one of three nutritious formats!

From the back cover: “Quotes from the Buddha can be found everywhere: on Facebook, Instagram, coffee mugs, and posters. There’s only one problem: the Buddha didn’t actually say most of them. This humorous and informative book takes these fake Buddha quotes as a launching point for a discussion on what the Buddha really did say, and is a great entry point for those interested in learning more about Buddhism—what it is and what it isn’t.”