About Phillip Moffitt

Phillip Moffitt is a Buddhist meditation teacher and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has served as co-guiding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center since 2010 and leads meditation retreats throughout the United States. His teacher, the Venerable Ajahn Sumedho, inspired his book on the Four Noble Truths, Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering (Rodale, 2008). 

Prior to immersing himself in the study of Theravadan Buddhism, Moffitt spent over ten years studying and practicing yoga with teachers in the Sivananda and Iyengar traditions. He has written numerous articles for both Buddhist and yoga magazines and journals. Many of these articles, as well as recordings of Moffitt’s dharma talks, can be found on his website

In addition to teaching meditation, Moffitt is the president of Life Balance Institute, which he founded in 1995. In his work at the institute, he trains individuals and groups in the principles of values-based leadership and living with an emphasis on how to skillfully make major life transitions. His book, Emotional Chaos to Clarity (Penguin, 2012), presents many of the principles that he uses in Life Balance work. 

Before becoming a meditation teacher and founding Life Balance Institute, Moffitt was editor-in-chief and CEO of Esquire and led the successful turnaround of the magazine in the 1980s.

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Other books by Phillip Moffitt


Emotional Chaos to Clarity
Move from the Chaos of the Reactive Mind to the Clarity of the Responsive Mind

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Emotional Chaos to Clarity is a masterwork. Be inspired by the possibilities it opens.”
—Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., author of The Wise Heart


Dancing With Life
Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering

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"Dancing with Life is a significant contribution to the plethora of Buddhist literature . . . Phillip has created an important guide to working with this most profound of the Buddha’s teachings for contemporary practitioners."
—Ajahn Sumedho


“Phillip Moffitt takes the profound insights of the wisdom traditions and translates them into simple and effective steps to stable inner strength, happiness, and peace.”

—RICK HANSON, Ph.D., author of Buddha’s Brain