Teacher Profiles – Forest Refuge

2017 & 2018

Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia

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Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia teaches within the Thai Forest Tradition and is a Lay Buddhist Minister in association with Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in CA. She has been a dhamma teacher since 1990, served as IMS Resident Teacher in the 1990s, and is a core faculty member at BCBS.

Bhikkhu Anālayo

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Bhikkhu Anālayo is a German scholar-monk, meditation teacher and author of Satipaṭṭhāna: The Direct Path to Realization and Mindfully Facing Disease and Death: Compassionate Advice from Early Buddhist Texts. 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

Shaila Catherine

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Shaila Catherine is known for her dedication to insight meditation and concentration (jhāna) practice. She is the founder of Bodhi Courses, an online Buddhist classroom, and Insight Meditation South Bay in CA. She has authored two books on jhāna and vipassana.

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

Joseph Goldstein

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Joseph Goldstein has taught Buddhist meditation worldwide since 1974. A co-founder and guiding teacher of IMS, he also helped envision and establish BCBS and IMS's Forest Refuge center. His books include Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, One Dharma, Insight Meditation and others.

Listen to one of Joseph's talks: Liberation Through Non-Clinging given at IMS on June 26, 2016 – 64 minutes, 42.5 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 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 28 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. She has a special interest in the power of practice to weave kindness into the fabric of our life and mind.

Kittisaro

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Kittisaro, a Rhodes Scholar, spent 15 years as a monk in the Forest Sangha of Ajahn Chah. A co-founder of Dharmagiri in South Africa and co-author of Listening to the Heart: A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism, he teaches worldwide.

Listen to one of Kittisaro's talks: Ice to Water as Dukkha to Peace given at IMS on March 9, 2011 – 33 minutes, 22.7 MB Download

Narayan Liebenson

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Narayan Liebenson finds it a joy and a privilege to share the Buddha’s teachings with all who are interested. She serves as an IMS guiding teacher, and has been a guiding teacher of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center since 1985. Her training includes over 35 years in the Theravada tradition, as well as ten years in Chan with the late Master Sheng-yen.

Listen to one of Narayan's talks: Compassion given at IMS on August 23, 2007 – 45 minutes, 8 MB Download

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 30 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. 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 several years as a Buddhist monk in Burma. A long-time student of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, he brings a practical, intuitive and compassionate approach to the development of wisdom.

Greg Scharf

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Greg Scharf has practiced with Western and Asian teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1992. He has been teaching residential retreats since 2007, including the annual Three-Month Retreat at IMS, where he is a core teacher. He also serves as an IMS guiding teacher.

Listen to one of Greg's talks: Walking the Path given at IMS on September 20, 2015 – 50 minutes, 37.6 MB Download

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.

Rodney Smith

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Rodney Smith is a retired IMS guiding teacher and former Buddhist monk. He worked in hospice for 17 years and is the founding teacher of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society. The author of several books, his most recent is Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Buddha's Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

Listen to one of Rodney's talks: Abiding with Creation given at IMS on March 11, 2014 – 44 minutes, 30.4 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

Thanissara

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Thanissara trained in the monastic Forest Sangha of Ajahn Chah for 12 years. She has led retreats since 1988, co-founded Dharmagiri in South Africa, and has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy. In addition, she is the author of several books and co-author of Listening to the Heart: A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism.

Listen to one of Thanissara's talks: Without Walls of the Mind given at IMS on March 10, 2011 – 39 minutes, 27 MB Download

Sayadaw U Vivekananda

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Sayadaw U Vivekananda has trained under Ven. Sayadaw U Pandita since 1988. He has taught internationally since 1998, guiding meditators in English, Burmese, German and French. He is the resident teacher at Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Center in Nepal.

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 October 22, 2006 - 60 minutes, 13.9 MB Download

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