Hi! My name is Prashant Billore. I live in California with my wonderful wife and our delightful teenage son. I have a degree in mathematics and computer science and help to run engineering organizations in IT companies for a living.
Online retreats are really a great way to learn this practice and imbibe this into your life. The teachings are really so simple that it could take some time to get the hang of them. However, as you learn this, you will be able to access more serenity and balance irrespective of how your mental and physical states are or what goes around you to trigger those states.
I started meditation practice in 1995. First, on and off for about two decades, I practiced Vipassana as taught by Mr. S.N. Goenka jee. I found the retreats helpful in calming my mind. However, the effect of the retreat would wear off in a few days. Similarly, the calm of the daily morning sit would not carry through the day.
In 2014, I switched to TWIM. In those days, I was feeling extremely stressed. It was to the point that I would wake up multiple times in the night due to anxiety and had trouble going back to sleep. I am really grateful to a who friend on whose insistence I switched to TWIM. In a matter of days and weeks, I felt happier & peaceful. I took my first online retreat with Sister Khema. I am grateful to her for starting me off. Since then I have taken multiple residential and non-residential retreats. In 2018, on David’s suggestion, I started guiding online retreats. I thank him for the opportunity and his continued guidance.
Over the last few years, many internal and external turbulent events have come. However, instead of putting myself down, I am able to learn from them. Like the duck in ‘The Little Duck” poem by Donald Babcock (which Doug Kraft often quotes), more often than not, I have been able to sit in the waves instead of drowning in them. I am very confident that these teachings convey what Buddha really meant. I am immensely thankful to Doug Kraft and Bhante Vimalramsi for their teachings and continued guidance.
I also find that I am fond of giving my time for dhamma service. I have volunteered at New Delhi’s high security prison called Tihar to help with meditation courses and conduct inmate surveys. For a few years, I worked as a rideshare coordinator for meditation courses in northern California and worked on the IT team of dhamma dot org. I also played the role of the registrar for Doug Kraft’s Easing Awake organization and have helped organize few 1-day retreats. Since 2016, I have also been hosting a weekly meditation and support group at my workplace. It has been fun, joyful and satisfying to do all of this.
I truly look forward to being a small part of your journey!