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Dipa Ma by Amy Schmidt
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Mar 05, 2012

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Dipa Ma, someone to whom I was introduced through this book, was a much-loved and respected Buddhist practitioner and meditation teacher. Her story is an excellent example of what tenacity, dedication, and lovingkindness can accomplish, even under very trying circumstances. Dipa Ma ("mother of Dipa," her daughter's name) was prevented from learning and practicing meditation until she was in her forties. Her husband had died of a heart attack, she was poor and a single mother, and a woman in an environment that was highly restrictive to women, yet she threw herself wholeheartedly into her training and her practice.

The book is a series of recollections from individuals who knew and learned from Dipa Ma in India and later in the U.S., when she traveled here to teach at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts. Without exception, each speaker describes her as remarkable: in her commitment to practice, in her generosity, and in her loving attitude toward everyone she met. Amy Schmidt writes simply, in a style I suspect Dipa Ma would have appreciated.

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