Teacher Profiles – Retreat Center

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Guy Armstrong

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Guy Armstrong has practiced insight meditation for over 40 years, including training as a Buddhist monk in Thailand with Ajahn Buddhadasa. He began teaching in 1984 and has led retreats worldwide. He is an IMS guiding teacher and author of Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators.

Listen to one of Guy's talks: Joy and Happiness given at IMS on October 23, 2015 – 59 minutes, 40.3 MB Download

Sally Armstrong

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Sally Armstrong began practicing vipassana meditation in India in 1981, and started teaching in 1996. She is a co-guiding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and has also led Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioners Program for 12 years.

Listen to one of Sally's talks: What is Mindfulness? given at IMS on September 12, 2011 – 57 minutes, 39.6 MB Download

Steve Armstrong

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Steve Armstrong, a co-founding teacher at the Vipassana Metta Foundation's dhamma sanctuary on Maui, shares the Buddha's teachings on human development and liberation of mind. Out of compassion for future generations, he plants trees and directs the Myanmar Schools Project.

Listen to one of Steve's talks: Torments: Known and Released given at IMS on April 19, 2017 – 62 minutes, 42.5 MB Download

Pascal Auclair

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Pascal Auclair has been immersed in the dharma since 1997, studying with revered Asian monastic and lay Western teachers. A co-founder of True North Insight Meditation Centre in Canada, he enjoys sharing the Buddha's teachings internationally with all curious people. Photo: © salva magaz/www.magaz.com

Listen to one of Pascal's talks: How Letting Go Happens given at IMS on January 1, 2016 – 49 minutes, 33.8 MB Download

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

Howard Cohn

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Howard Cohn has been leading vipassana retreats internationally since 1985. A psychotherapist, an original member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council and founder of Mission Dharma, he brings joy and passion to his teaching with an emphasis on reawakening our natural freedom. He is the author of Invitation to Meditation: Finding Peace Wherever You Are.

Listen to one of Howard's talks: Happiness of a Buddha given at IMS on January 31, 2013 - 62 minutes, 42.7 MB Download

Chas DiCapua

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Chas DiCapua has offered meditation since 2001. He is interested in how all aspects of life can be used toward awakening. Currently the IMS Resident Teacher, he teaches throughout the US.

Listen to one of Chas's talks: Renunciation given at IMS on July 31, 2016 – 67 minutes, 33.4 MB Download

Christina Feldman

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Christina Feldman is an IMS guiding teacher, co-founder of Gaia House in England, and a core teacher of Bodhi College in Europe. Teaching meditation retreats since 1976, she has recently been involved in the dialogue between cognitive therapies and Buddhist practice. Christina's latest book is Boundless Heart: The Buddha's Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity.

Listen to one of Christina's talks: Standing at the Crossroads given at IMS on July 14, 2017– 52 minutes, 35.3 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

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

Michael Grady

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Michael Grady was a guiding teacher at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center for more than 20 years. He has practiced insight meditation since 1974 and also trained with the late Master Sheng Yen. Michael encourages an attitude in which all of life is viewed as an opportunity for awakening.

Listen to one of Michael's talks: Discovering Ease on a Path of Awareness given at IMS on February 19, 2017 – 52 minutes, 35.3 MB Download

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: Attending to the Immovable given at IMS on October 10, 2017 – 62 minutes, 43 MB Download

Jack Kornfield

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Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in Asia. He is a co-founder of IMS and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and has taught meditation internationally since 1974. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the author of a number of books, including No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom and Joy Right Where You Are.

Listen to one of Jack's talks: The Bodhisattva & Power of Intention given at Spirit Rock on October 28, 2016 - 61 minutes, 42.1MB Download

Brian Lesage

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Brian Lesage has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism since 1988. He has taught meditation across the US since 2000 and currently teaches nationwide in the vipassana (insight) tradition. He also has a private Somatic Experiencing® practice.

Listen to one of Brian's talks: Being Somebody and Being Nobody given at IMS on November 25, 2014 – 53 minutes, 36.4 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: Don't know mind given at IMS on July 18, 2015 – 57 minutes, 39.5 MB Download

Kamala Masters

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Kamala Masters is a co-founder of Vipassana Metta Foundation, and serves as an IMS guiding teacher. A meditator since 1977, she trained intensively in metta (lovingkindness) and vipassana (insight) with Sayadaw U Pandita and Anagarika Munindra. Continuing her practice with Sayadaw U Tejaniya, she encourages an open relaxed awareness that has precision, clarity and compassion.

Listen to one of Kamala's talks: Five Spiritual Faculties given at IMS on May 4, 2017– 63 minutes, 43.4 MB Download

Michele McDonald

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Michele McDonald has taught insight meditation around the world for over 35 years, helping individuals to find their own natural entry points into stillness and deep liberation. She is a co-founder of Vipassana Hawai'i as well as a leader of retreats for youth and frequent participant in Burma relief projects.

Listen to one of Michele's talks: Guided Appreciative Joy-Mudita given at IMS on June 2, 2017 – 44 minutes, 30.3 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

Yanai Postelnik

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Yanai Postelnik has been teaching insight meditation retreats internationally since 1992. His teaching is inspired by the Forest tradition of Thailand and the natural world. He lives in England and is a member of the Teacher Council of Gaia House.

Listen to one of Yanai's talks: Vulnerability, Not Knowing and Openness given at IMS on July 13, 2011 - 54 minutes, 37.6 MB Download

Sharon Salzberg

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Sharon Salzberg, a co-founder of IMS and BCBS, has practiced meditation since 1971 and has been teaching worldwide since 1974. She is an IMS guiding teacher and author of Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection and other publications.

Listen to one of Sharon's talks: Concentration and Insight given at IMS on January 13, 2014 - 48 minutes, 33.2MB Download

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

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: The Immensity of Awareness given at IMS on October 12, 2017 – 44 minutes, 31 MB Download

DaRa Williams

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DaRa Williams has practiced vipassana meditation for 25 years and serves as an IMS guiding teacher. She is also a certified coordinating trainer for Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Complex Trauma Therapy and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in the New York City area. "It is my experience that meditation and the Dharma are ideal for transforming suffering. Awareness, wisdom and a compassionate heart become the vehicle for transformation, connection and freedom."

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

Visiting – 2018

Akincano

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Akincano is a guiding teacher of Atammaya Cologne and co-founder of Bodhi College as well as a contemplative psychotherapist. A former monk, he practiced for 20 years in European and Thai Forest monasteries. Particularly interested in the application of early Buddhist teachings, stillness and contemplative psychology, he teaches meditation and Buddhist psychology in secular and traditional contexts internationally.

Listen to one of Akincano's talks: Maps and Overview: Stages of Attention given at IMS on January 5, 2015 – 50 minutes, 35.3 MB Download

Ayya Anandabodhi

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Ayya Anandabodhi lived and trained as a nun in the Forest Tradition at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in England from 1992 to 2009, when she moved to the US to help establish Aloka Vihara, a training monastery for women. Her practice and teaching are guided by early Buddhist scriptures and nature’s pure and immediate Dharma. In 2011 she took full bhikkhuni ordination, joining the growing number of women who are reclaiming this path conferred by the Buddha.

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.



Teja Bell

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Teja Bell teaches aikido, qigong and healing arts always connected to the Dharma. Teja has taught over 90 residential retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and continues to practice and teach across the traditions to bring about well-being through the embodied synthesis of modern knowledge with the wisdom of the ancient ways.



Bhante Buddharakkhita

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Bhante Buddharakkhita was born in Uganda. Meditating since 1993, he was ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk in 2002 and teaches worldwide. Founder of the Uganda Buddhist Centre, he is also the spiritual advisor of Flowering Lotus in Mississippi and author of Planting Dhamma Seeds.


Mark Coleman

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Mark Coleman, a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, has taught vipassana retreats for 20 years, following extensive Buddhist practice since 1984. He leads Wilderness Meditation retreats, mindfulness teacher trainings, and is author of Make Peace with Your Mind and Awake in the Wild.


Chris Cullen

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Chris Cullen has practiced and studied BuddhaDharma since 1994 and has been teaching insight meditation retreats since 2008. He teaches for Oxford University’s Mindfulness Centre, running mindfulness courses for MPs in Parliament in London.

Listen to one of Chris's talks: Knowing and Unknowing the Body given at IMS on January 26, 2015 – 63 minutes, 43 MB Download

Bonnie Duran

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Bonnie Duran, DrPH, began Buddhist meditation practice over 35 years ago. She enjoys teaching Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioners Program, short and long retreats, and holds a People of Color and Allies Sangha in Seattle, WA. She also directs the University of Washington's Center for Indigenous Health Research.

Listen to one of Bonnie's talks: Mana (Conceit) and Skillful Means given at IMS on November 9, 2015 – 49 minutes, 33.8 MB Download

Jean Esther

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Jean Esther, MSW LICSW, has trained in meditation since 1975 and has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 36 years. She is a guiding teacher of True North Insight Meditation Centre in Canada, teaches at Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley , MA, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (IBME) and elsewhere across North America. Her teachings integrate psychological understanding and somatic awareness with Buddhist teachings on love and wisdom.

Anushka Fernandopulle

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Anushka Fernandopulle lives in San Francisco, is on the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and works as a leadership coach and management consultant in addition to teaching dharma around the world. Her teaching is informed by arts, nature, politics, social justice and modern urban life.

Listen to one of Anushka's talks: Put it down, it's unreliable! That's better. Given at IMS February 26, 2017 – 49:34 Download

Trudy Goodman Kornfield

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Trudy Goodman Kornfield, PhD, is the founding teacher of InsightLA, the first center dedicated to training in both contemporary mindfulness teachings and Buddhist meditation. Integrating real life experience with the ancient teachings, Trudy teaches residential retreats and mindfulness internationally, from Asia to Africa.



JoAnna Hardy

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JoAnna Hardy has practiced in multiple traditions since 1999, and in 2005 her practice landed on the Theravada insight tradition. Retreat teaching, bringing the Dharma to communities and individuals who don't typically have access to traditional settings, and building multicultural community are her focus. She is co-guiding teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.


Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD is the founder of MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he is professor of medicine emeritus. He is the author/co-author/editor of 10 books, translated in over 40 languages. He teaches in various venues and leads mindfulness retreats worldwide.

Ruth King

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Ruth King has practiced vipassana since 1992 and teaches at insight communities nationwide. She is a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC, and founder of Mindful Members Insight Meditation Community in Charlotte, NC. Ruth has a special interest in mindfulness, transforming racism, and the Bodhisattva path – she designed and teaches nationwide the Mindful of Race Training and is the author of Mindful of Race: Understanding and Transforming Habits of Harm.

Madeline Klyne

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Madeline Klyne has loved the dharma since 1986. A co-founder of South Shore Insight Meditation Center, she teaches there and at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. Madeline also leads retreats for LGBTIQ communities at other meditation centers.

Listen to one of Madeline's talks: Life is Fleeting given at IMS on September 15, 2007 – 47 minutes, 21.5 MB Download

Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

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Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey's teaching aims to inspire the skills, determination and faith necessary to realize the deepest human freedom. He is the resident teacher for Vipassana Hawai'i and longtime student of Michele McDonald.

Listen to one of Jesse's talks: The Present Moment: Come for the Peace, Stay for the War given at IMS on June 2, 2017 – 59 minutes, 40.4 MB Download

Catherine McGee

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Catherine McGee has practiced and studied Buddhist meditation since 1992, and has taught at Gaia House in England and internationally since 1997. She is also a student of the Diamond Approach of A.H. Almaas.




George Mumford

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George Mumford has taught meditation since 1986 in a range of environments, from prisons to Harvard Medical School. He is the author of The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance.




Yuka Nakamura

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Yuka Nakamura has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1993 in the Theravada, Dzogchen and Zen traditions, and has been trained as a teacher by Fred von Allmen. Living in Switzerland, she teaches meditation and MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction.)


Mark Nunberg

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Mark Nunberg began his Buddhist practice in 1982 and co-founded Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis, MN in 1993. He continues to serve as the center's guiding teacher, and has been teaching residential retreats since 2003.

Listen to one of Mark's talks: Metta, Wisdom and Mindfulness given at IMS on August 6, 2014 – 61 minutes, 41.7 MB Download

Keri Pederson

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Keri Pederson began meditating in 1998 in the lineage of S.N. Goenka. After sitting retreats with a variety of lay and monastic teachers in the US and Asia, she started teaching meditation in 2007. A graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program, she lives and teaches in Seattle, where she also works in elder-care and is the mother of a young son.


Deborah Ratner Helzer

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Deborah Ratner Helzer first took up meditation while working on her engineering degree. She has practiced with Western and Asian teachers, including a year as a nun in Burma. She is currently raising her children and teaching near Washington, DC.

Listen to one of Deborah's talks: Opening the Door to Insight given at IMS on August 4, 2014 – 57 minutes, 39.5 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,

Jaya Karen Rudgard

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Jaya Karen Rudgard began meditating in the 1980s and practiced for eight years as a nun in the Theravada tradition with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho. A graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training, she teaches insight meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally.


Ayya Santacitta

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Ayya Santacitta has practiced meditation since 1988. Her first teacher was Ajahn Buddhadasa, who sparked her interest in Buddhist monastic life. Since 1993, she has trained as a nun, primarily in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. A co-founder of Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery, she received bhikkhuni ordination in 2011. She is particularly interested in bringing faith traditions to the climate movement.


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.


Sara Schedler

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Sara Schedler has practiced meditation for over 20 years, and has undergone long-term training in both Asia and the West. She teaches at both IMS and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Sara currently works at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and Mindful Schools. She has a particular interest in the practice of metta coupled with insight practice.


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

Oren Jay Sofer

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Oren Jay Sofer has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1997 and teaches meditation and communication nationally. He is the founder of Next Step Dharma, an online program integrating meditation into daily life. Oren is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher’s council and author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.

Assisting – 2018

Devin Berry

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Devin Berry has practiced meditation since 1999 and has undertaken several longer-term retreats. He teaches at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA, and nationally. He has completed Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners Program and is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.


Leslie Booker

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Leslie Booker brings her heart, wisdom and compassion to the intersection of social justice, yoga and mindfulness. A graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leaders Program and a current participant in Spirit Rock's 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program, she teaches nationally utilizing the foundation of Dharma and embodied wisdom practices.


Jeanne Corrigal

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Jeanne Corrigal has been practicing since 1999, is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Program, and joyfully leads the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community, in Canada. She feels especially moved by lovingkindness and nature practices, and is also a certified MBSR teacher. She is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.

nakawe cuebas

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nakawe cuebas feels blessed to have started along the Buddhist path in 1998 with S.N. Goenka. She then continued under the guidance of Gina Sharpe, and now studies with various other teachers, focusing on longer-term retreats. She serves as a mentor for the Prisoner Correspondence Course, sponsored by the BAUS, and is a midwife in the Bronx community. She is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.

Jeanie Daskais

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Jeanie Daskais began Buddhist practice in 1991. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leaders Program, and is active in the lay sangha at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery. She is currently earning a graduate degree in Buddhist Studies and Professional Chaplaincy.


Roxanne Dault

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Roxanne Dault has been practicing meditation for over 10 years, both in Asia and in the West. Teaching at True North Insight in Canada, she is also trained in Somatic Experiencing® for the healing of stress and trauma. She is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.



bruni dávila

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bruni dávila has practiced Vipassana and Zen since 1995. A student of Gil Fronsdal, she practices and teaches at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA, and also teaches Spanish Dharma in the wider Bay Area. She is currently a participant in IMS's 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program.



Tim Geil

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Tim Geil has practiced insight meditation since 1996 and was invited to teach in 2006 by Rodney Smith. A graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program, he is the co-guiding teacher of Seattle Insight Meditation Society.



Jozen Tamori Gibson

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Jozen Tamori Gibson began formal meditation practice and study in 2004. He is the Director of Community and Youth Engagement and sangha facilitator with the Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC), and Program Director for the Awake Youth Project. A participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program, Jozen highlights all of his teachers especially his mother, Akimi, and root Dharma teacher, Pamela Weiss.


Peggy Gillespie

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Peggy Gillespie studied to be a Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She teaches at the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, MA, and is Co-Advisor to the Buddhist community at Mt. Holyoke College. She is a journalist and the co-director/founder of Family Diversity Projects.


Devon Hase

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Devon Hase has been practicing meditation in the Vipassana and Karma Kagyu traditions since 1999. A co-founder of Sati Consulting, she loves long retreats as well as finding creative ways to bring depth practice into daily life. She is currently a participant in IMS's 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program.


Ed Hauben

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Ed Hauben, a long-term meditator and friend of IMS for almost 40 years, has served on its Board of Directors and has assisted with the Teen Retreat since its inception in 1989.



Matthew Hepburn

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Matthew Hepburn caught fire with the Dharma through retreat practice in his early twenties. He began offering vipassana instruction in 2012 at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, where he is continually inspired by the deep Dharma of daily living. He is a participant in the 2017–2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.



Cara Lai

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Cara Lai is joyfully participating in the current Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. She has worked as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, artist, wilderness guide, and has taught numerous retreats with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. In her spare time she enjoys petting cats and watching plants grow.


Rachel Lewis

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Rachel Lewis is a participant in the 2017–2021 IMS Teacher Training Program, as well as a graduate of Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioners Program and Community Dharma Leaders training. She has taught classes and short retreats in British Columbia, Canada, since 2010, including at a prison and in Vancouver's Downtown East Side.

Kaira Jewel Lingo

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Kaira Jewel Lingo began mindfulness practice in 1997. She is a Zen Dharma Teacher trained by Thich Nhat Hanh and was an ordained nun for 15 years. She is in the current Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. One of the books she edited is Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. She teaches worldwide.


Darine Monroy

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Darine Monroy has been a student of Michele McDonald and Steven Smith since 2011. She has taught for Mindful Schools and has completed the Hakomi Comprehensive Training. Darine was born and raised in Mexico, and meditation retreats have been among the most meaningful experiences of her life.


Tara Mulay

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Tara Mulay is a co-founder of San Francisco People of Color Insight Meditation Group and a leader of Mission Dharma. She has practiced insight meditation since 2003 and undertaken intensive retreat periods in the US and Myanmar. She has participated in Spirit Rock's latest Community Dharma Leaders Program and is now a trainee in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.


Yong Oh

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Yong Oh has studied Soto Zen and Vipassana with various teachers since 2006. He is an acupuncturist, a mindfulness/meditation teacher and a graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leaders Program. He is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.


Walt Opie

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Walt Opie has practiced insight meditation with various teachers since 1993. He leads sitting groups for people in recovery and serves as a volunteer teacher with Buddhist Pathways Prison Project. A graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders program, he is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.


Neesha Patel

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Neesha Patel, PhD is grateful for the joy and privilege of sharing the Buddha’s teachings. She has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn and practice in both Asia and the US. Her meditation practice has been deeply influenced by the guidance of Sayadaw U Tejaniya and other teachers. She is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.


Pari Ruengvisesh

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Pari Ruengvisesh was born and raised in Thailand. Her practice is rooted in the Mahasi tradition under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Sayadaw U Vivekananda, Michele McDonald and Steven Smith. A graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program, Pari is committed to practice on intensive retreats and applying the teachings in her daily life.


Tuere Sala

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Tuere Sala is a guiding teacher of Seattle Insight Meditation Society and Capitol Hill Meditation Group. She has over 25 years of Buddhist meditation experience and is currently a participant in IMS's 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program. Her teaching focus is on strengthening the value of everyday urban practice.


Dawn Scott

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Dawn Scott has been practicing insight meditation since 2008, is a Diamond Heart practitioner, and currently serves as the Family Program Coordinator at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She teaches teen retreats at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) and is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.


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