ABOUT

Buddhist Insights is a non-profit organization connecting people with monastics.

WHAT WE DO

Our mission is to make monastic teachings more accessible to the general public. We invite monks and nuns from various Buddhist traditions to offer the gift of the Dhamma in urban centers for designated short periods of times. The Buddhist monastic order is composed of individuals who have dedicated their lives to studying and practicing the Buddha’s teachings, and is therefore a valuable source of highly experienced and knowledgeable Dhamma teachers.

HOW WE OPERATE

There are no fees to participate in our classes, retreats and workshops. Complying with ancient Buddhist tradition, Buddhist Insights operates entirely under the principle of generosity (dāna). Dāna allows the teachings to be accessible to everyone, and gives guests the opportunity to practice generosity by giving out of a sense of gratitude instead of obligation.

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WHO WE ARE

Buddhist Insights is the brainchild of Bhante Suddhāso and Giovanna Maselli.

Bhante Suddhāso is a Buddhist monk living in New York City, ordained in both the Theravāda and Soto Zen traditions of Buddhism. He has studied under the guidance of some of the most important names in Western Buddhism, including Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro, Ajahn Vīradhammo, Bhante Gunaratana, Rev. Myo Denis Lahey, Rev. Ryushin Paul Haller, and Rev. Tenshin Reb Anderson. Bhante Suddhāso was initially trained in Soto Zen Buddhism at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Subsequently, he was ordained at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California, where he was trained in the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravāda Buddhism. Since then he has lived at a variety of monasteries from different Buddhist traditions in both rural and urban environments. A dedicated teacher, Suddhāso has taught to people of all different ages and walks of life, as well as college students of universities like Harvard, New York University, Fordham University, and Sarah Lawrence College. The co-founder of Buddhist Insights, an organization designed to connect people with Buddhist monks and nuns, his work aims to convey Buddhist concepts and their practical applicability to everyday life. www.bhantesuddhaso.com

Giovanna Maselli is a creative consultant with over a decade of experience in art direction and content creation for both print and digital editorial platforms. The founder of creative collective Rockaway Summer in Rockaway Beach, NYC, she has previously worked as a researcher for Trendstop, a trend forecasting agency in London, as a Features Editor at ELLE Magazine’s fashion desk in Milan, and as a freelance journalist for publications like L’Uomo VOGUE, Vogue.it, ELLE Italy, The Guardian, Flair, D La Repubblica, among many others. www.giovannamaselli.com