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Alan Clements: Wisdom for the World ~ The Final Teachings of the Mindfulness Meditation Master, U Pandita of Burma

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.


Sayadaw U Pandita of Burma was one of the foremost authorities on vipassana (insight) meditation, with thousands of students worldwide, and training hundreds of the leading meditation teachers, both East and West. Yet despite the numerous books compiled from his public talks, Burma's most elder monk rarely gave interviews. In Wisdom for the World he breaks his silence to reveal some of his most compelling insights, delivered as his final teaching for the people of the world. Over nine nights before he passed away in April 2016 at the age of 95, UPandita weighed in on some of the most critical issues facing the world today through these exceptionally rare and remarkable conversations with his first Western student and friend of nearly 40 years, Alan Clements. Covering topics from religious extremism to systemic oppression, and the requisites for surmounting them, U Pandita deftly elaborates on the globally adopted Mahasi Sayadaw system of mindfulness meditation and its application in our troubled world.

Come out to hear Alan Clements speak about this timeless and acutely timely book and share in a lively dialogue about a world in crisis, inner acts of rebellion, a modern meaning of hope and the controversies surrounding Aung San Suu Kyi as well as the structures of totalitarianism that are emerging everywhere and how to practice spiritual self-defense" to safeguard oneself from indoctrination and servitude.

Alan Clements was among the first Westerners to ordain as a Buddhist monk in Burma, where he lived in a monastery practicing mindfulness meditation for nearly four years Clements co-authored The Voice of Hope with Nobel Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi. In addition, his books include, Burma: The Next Killing Fields, and Revolution of the Spirit, both with forewords by the Dalai Lama and endorsed by 8 Noble Peace Laureates and former President Jimmy Carter. He's also written Instinct for Freedom and A Future To Believe In. Clements has been interviewed on ABC National, Talk to America, CBC, BBC, the New York Times, Time and Newsweek magazines, Utne Reader, Yoga Journal, and scores of other media worldwide. He also delivered a keynote at Amnesty International's 30th Year Anniversary at the John Ford Theater in LA.

“Alan’s life is material for a legend. An intellectual artist, freedom fighter, former Buddhist monk, he shares his insights and experience with a passion rarely seen and even more rarely lived. He’ll make you think and feel in ways that challenge your entire way of being.”

Catherine Ingram, In the Footsteps of Gandhi and Passionate Presence

“One of the most important and compelling voices of our times . . . Alan Clements is a riveting communicator — challenging and inspiring. He articulates the essentials of courage and leadership in a way that can stir people from all sectors of society into action; his voice is not only a great contribution during these changeful times, it is a needed one.”

Jack Healy, former director of Amnesty International, founder of the Human Rights Action Center

“This culture is killing the planet. If we are to have any future at all, we must unlearn everything this culture has taught us and begin to listen to the planet, to listen to life — the core intelligence of nature and the human heart. Alan Clements not only helps us with that unlearning process — the greatest challenge humankind has every faced — he provides the essential wisdom, the spiritual intelligence, to open ourselves to finally start to hear.”

Derrick Jensen, Author of Endgame and Deep Green Resistance