Teacher Profiles – Forest Refuge


Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia

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Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia teaches within the Thai Forest Tradition. She has been a Dhamma teacher since 1990, served as IMS Resident Teacher in the 1990s, and is a core faculty member at BCBS. She is the co-author of Older and Wiser: Classical Buddhist Teachings on Aging, Sickness, and Death.

Bhikkhu Anālayo

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Bhikkhu Anālayo is a German scholar-monk, teacher and author of several books on meditation. He studies Buddhist texts in Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan, with a special interest in Buddhist meditation and the role of women in Buddhism.

Rebecca Bradshaw

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Rebecca Bradshaw is the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, MA. She leads vipassana retreats, including Spanish language courses, emphasizing embodied clarity and kindness. She holds a master's degree in counseling psychology, and also serves as an IMS guiding teacher.

Listen to one of Rebecca's talks: Clinging and Non-Clinging given at IMS on November 7, 2014 – 62 minutes, 43 MB Download

Andrea Fella

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Andrea Fella has practiced insight meditation since 1996, studying with both Western and Asian teachers. Her teaching emphasizes clarity and practicality. She is co-guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA, a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and teaches retreats nationally.

Listen to one of Andrea's talks: Dependant Origination given at IMS on October 10, 2013 – 61 minutes, 43.2 MB Download

Sayadaw U Jagara

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Sayadaw U Jagara has 37 years' experience as a Buddhist monk, living in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, dedicated to the practice, study and teaching of Dhamma. He has trained and taught in the U Ba Khin and in the Pa Auk traditions of Myanmar as well as being familiar with other Buddhist approaches.

Caroline Jones

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Caroline Jones, a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council, has been practicing meditation for 29 years and teaching since 2009. In teaching, she encourages students to discover and deepen ways of engaging with the Dharma to bring healing and liberation.

Nikki Mirghafori

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Nikki Mirghafori, PhD, has practiced intensively with Asian and Western teachers. In 2008, her primary teacher, Burmese master Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, with whom she studied jhānas and detailed analytical vipassana, instructed her to teach. An Artificial Intelligence scientist for two decades, she now teaches Dharma nationally.

Listen to one of Nikki's talks: Anatta given at IMS on November 21, 2013 – 59 minutes, 41 MB Download

Winnie Nazarko

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Winnie Nazarko started dharma practice 35 years ago, asking, "Why does there have to be suffering in the world?" She teaches to help individuals realize their full potential for clarity, balance, kindness and wisdom.

Listen to one of Winnie's talks: Seeing the Good given at IMS on November 11, 2011 – 55 minutes, 37.8 MB Download

Annie Nugent

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Annie Nugent has practiced since 1979 and was an IMS Resident Teacher from 1999 to 2003. She has been part of the teaching team for the annual Three-Month Retreat for a number of years and has taught at the Forest Refuge since 2004. Her teaching style aims to reveal how all aspects of our lives can help us come to a clear and direct understanding of the Truth.

Listen to one of Annie's talks: Trust in the Unfolding Process of the Dharma given at IMS on November 15, 2010 – 55 minutes, 23.2 MB Download

Susan O'Brien

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Susan O'Brien has been practicing vipassana meditation since 1980 and has studied with a variety of Western and Asian teachers. She began teaching in 1996 and coordinates the Insight Meditation correspondence course.

Listen to one of Susan's talks: Refuge given at IMS on July 13, 2010 – 51 minutes, 35.1 MB Download

Marcia Rose

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Marcia Rose has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1970. She is the guiding teacher for The Mountain Hermitage in Taos, NM and was IMS Resident Teacher from 1991 to 1995. Her international teaching is rooted in the Mahasi and Pa Auk Forest Monastery lineages.

Listen to one of Marcia’s talks: Karma given at IMS on February 22, 2016 – 62 minutes, 42.5 MB Download,

Alexis Santos

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Alexis Santos has practiced insight meditation since 2001, including training as a Buddhist monk in Burma with Sayadaw U Tejaniya. He brings a practical, intuitive and compassionate approach to the development of wisdom. Teaching retreats in the US and internationally, he offers daily life practice support online at his website livingdharma.io.

Jill Shepherd

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Jill Shepherd sat her first insight meditation retreat in Thailand in 1999. She currently divides her time between the US, Australia and New Zealand, teaching residential retreats and supporting local communities to explore the Dharma in daily life.

Listen to one of Jill's talks: Dukkha, and the Ending of Dukkah, given at IMS on December 3, 2017 – 61 minutes, 41.8 MB Download

Ajahn Sucitto

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Ajahn Sucitto became a bhikkhu in Thailand in 1976. He has been closely associated with Ajahn Sumedho since 1977, and was abbot of Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery in Chithurst, England from 1992 to 2014. He has taught at IMS since 1989. Free-distribution books, articles and talks can be downloaded from his website.

Listen to one of Ajahn Sucitto's talks: The Thermals of Awakening given at IMS on April 18, 2014 – 54 minutes, 36.9 MB Download

Carol Wilson

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Carol Wilson, an IMS guiding teacher, has practiced insight meditation since 1971 with a variety of teachers, including Sayadaw U Pandita and Ashin U Tejaniya, as well as spending a year as a nun in Thailand. She has offered metta (lovingkindness) and vipassana (insight) retreats worldwide since 1986, including the annual IMS Three-Month course.

Listen to one of Carol's talks: Perception of Impermanence given at IMS on April 20, 2017 - 62 minutes, 42.7 MB Download