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Joseph Kappel's Dharma Talks at Abhayagiri Monastery
Joseph Kappel
From 1971-1991 Joseph Kappel lived as a Buddhist monk as Pabhakaro Bhikkhu, with Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho in Thailand and Great Britain. His initial interest in Buddhism was inspired by visits to Thailand from Vietnam where he was a Captain serving as a combat helicopter pilot in 1969-70. Since leaving monastic life in 1991, Joseph has taught MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) in Massachusetts’s prisons, received the degree of Master of Education from Harvard University, and worked with college athletes to facilitate “mental fitness” and the inner game. He currently teaches meditation retreats in various settings in the US. Additionally, he co-leads retreats with Ajahn Amaro at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England. Joseph’s commitment is to encourage everyone to awaken in daily life by using life’s journey to cultivate deep understanding, virtuous conduct, along with wise effort & reflection.
2015-07-30 What is Practice? 42:16
Reflecting on his many years training under Ajahn Chah and twenty years as a bhikkhu, Joseph recollects themes of faith, gratitude, going against the grain, and the importance of the five precepts. This talk was offered on the occasion of Asāhḷā Pūjā.
Abhayagiri Monastery

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