In Memoriam - Michael Stone

Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of Michael Stone, beloved local Buddhist teacher, yogi, author and social activist. Rest in Peace Michael. You will live in our hearts forever.

Michael Stone
1975 – July 16, 2017

Michael Stone, 42, was an activist, family man, and teacher of yoga and Buddhism. Based in western British Columbia, Stone uniquely brought his passions and training together at retreats, workshops, and sanghas—including Gravity, the Toronto sangha he founded in 2003; and True North Insight Vipassana in Ottawa, where he had served as Guiding Teacher—plus online and via his writing.

After spending nearly “a year alone in the wilderness learning about meditation practice”

at age 20, Stone earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto, and then was

mentored by meditation teacher Norman Feldman. Stone would also become a student of Zen teacher Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara. His primary yoga teacher was Richard Freeman, whom he met in 1995.

Stone’s books include The Inner Tradition of Yoga, Awake in the World: Teachings from Yoga and Buddhism for Living an Engaged Life, and Yoga for a World Out of Balance: Teachings on Ethics and Social Action.

He passed away following a sudden period of hospitalization.

[My mission is] to translate traditional wisdom teachings into contemporary tools and make them available globally. Tools to create a culture of compassion and collaboration. I’ve realized that the habits I once thought were personal are actually internalized narratives from the culture we live in. Therefore, I believe that inner transformation and social awakening are one.