Today is the 13th anniversary since the passing of the well-known Sri Lankan meditation teacher Godwin Samamaratne. Godwin was my first Dhamma teacher and my first Buddhist meditation teacher, and it would be hard to find a better introduction to the teaching.
After his passing a few friends began collecting his teaching and we started the Godwin Home Page website, which houses most of the teachings that have been found, including audio fiiles.
Recently we republished one of the finest collections of his teachings that was made, The Gentle Way of Buddhist Meditation, which is also available on the website.
Some time around the beginning of the year a new blog was started by Friends of Godwin which publishes teachings in short manageable pieces from his various works almost daily, and this has proved to be very popular.
His message, which was ahead of his time when he was active, seems to be even more relevant now, and those who have benefited from his teachings grows with each passing year.
If Godwin took human rebirth he would be around 12 by now, so if anyone out there has a super-equanimous 12-year old, who keeps good precepts and sits quietly when left to himself… well, that could just be Godwin in a new skin!