In this April, 2021, Dharma Talk, Hugh provides an overview of Right View, one aspect of the Eightfold Path.
Still Mountain Meditation Center Teacher
Hugh began his meditation practice in the late 1980’s, when he was introduced to Tibetan Nyingma Buddhist meditation practices and philosophy by Peggy Lippitt. The focus of this practice was the cultivation of the Four Immeasurables; Loving kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity as antidotes to the three poisons of Greed, Hatred and Ignorance.
After Peggy’s death in 1999, Hugh started attending Sunday morning sittings at the Deep Spring Center and soon was an active member of the community studying Insight or Vipassana Meditation. It was at the Deep Spring Center that Hugh met his second teacher Susan Weir (now with Insight Meditation Ann Arbor). He began a three-year teacher training program in 2009 and started team teaching “Introduction to Insight Meditation” classes in 2012. In 2013, Hugh became a founding member of the Still Mountain Buddhist Meditation Center in Ann Arbor. Hugh has led Introduction to Insight Mediation classes in both the Ann Arbor and Plymouth/Canton areas and currently leads a Monday evening sitting in Plymouth.
Hugh’s personal approach to meditation is eclectic. While his practice is primarily Insight Meditation, he continues to use some of the guided meditations, Tonglen and other practices he learned in his Tibetan Buddhist practice years.
Hugh worked at Ford Motor Company for 34 years and is now retired. Hugh has been married for 32 years and has three adult children. He lives in Canton and is a home visit volunteer at Angela Hospice in Livonia.