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Sarah Conover

Sarah Conover
Sarah Conover is a writer and teacher who, despite a fierce wanderlust, calls Spokane home. She has an MFA in poetry, and is the author of seven books on world wisdom traditions and spirituality. She and husband Doug Robnett are parents of two remarkable children long-ago nicknamed: “Swaminathan and the Material Girl.” Conover, getting old now, has enjoyed multiple careers. The best one yet is the latest: teaching creative writing, a course called “Making it Matter," to the eldering through Spokane Community College ACT 2 program. She hosted the Ask a BuddhistFāVS column for several years.

Ask A Buddhist: Understanding Buddhist titles

In the U.S, the list of Buddhist teachers include, but is not exclusive to: Theravada and Mahayana monastics, Zen senseis and roshis, Korean masters, Tibetan geshes and lamas, Buddhist chaplains, Buddhist ministers and lay Buddhist teachers.

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Ask A Buddhist: Is finding a guru necessary?

Because the Buddha was a teacher and the Dharma is the body of his teachings, simply to study Buddhism means you already have a teacher. Yet, as mentioned above, your query leads to more questions than answers, the most important being, what do you want from a teacher?

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Ask a Buddhist: What is the key to meditating?

You’ve landed on a central issue for every meditator: what to do with a drifting mind. The question addresses the irony that we have a learning curve to simply be with our experience of being. Meditation is just a circumscribed time of minimal distraction.

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Ask a Buddhist: Are Buddhists boring?

Although I study and write books on many world wisdom traditions, at heart, I am a committed Buddhist practitioner. This turn away from my childhood faith of Presbyterianism occurred on a narrow trail 500 feet above a terrifying and roaring river in the Himalayas.

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