History

Recollective Awareness Meditation comes out of Jason Siff’s meditation teaching beginning in 1988 when he was a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka. It gradually evolved in the 1990s after Jason left the Buddhist Order and moved to Los Angeles. By the time he founded the Skillful Meditation Project in 1996, the approach to meditation that later became known as Recollective Awareness was already becoming known through his first meditation instruction manual, “The Moving and The Still,” his translation of the Satipatthana Sutta (available on this website), and the newsletter, “Skillful Means.” By 2000, when Jason began training teachers, the approach was firmly established, going under some other names before he decided on Recollective Awareness in 2006. He has trained several teachers since then, and written two definitive books, “Unlearning Meditation: What to Do When the Instructions Get in the Way,” and “Thoughts Are Not the Enemy: An Innovative Approach to Meditation,” both published by Shambhala Publications.

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