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Adrianne Ross Adrianne, a retired family physician, has been involved in meditation and healing since 1976. She has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1984. Her spiritual journey has also included contemplative inquiry practices and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Trained by Jack Kornfield, Adrianne is influenced by both Thai and Burmese streams of the Theravadan tradition as well as Tibetan (Dzogchen) practice. She teaches classes and...
Ajaan Thanissaro Ajaan Thanissaro Ajaan Thanissaro (Geoff) is an American monk of the Thai forest tradition. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1971 with a degree in European Intellectual History, he studied meditation under Ajaan Fuang Jotiko in Thailand and ordained in 1976. In 1991 he helped establish Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego, CA where he is the abbot. He is a prolific writer and translator. Many of his works can be found online at www.dhammatalks.org.
Ajahn Amaro Ajahn Amaro Born in England in 1956, Ven. Amaro Bhikkhu received his BSc. in Psychology and Physiology from the University of London. Spiritual searching led him to Thailand, where he went to Wat Pah Nanachat, a Forest Tradition monastery established for Western disciples of Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah, who ordained him as a bhikkhu in 1979. He returned to England and joined Ajahn Sumedho at the newly established Chithurst Monastery. He resided for...
Ajahn Chandako Ajahn Chandako Originally from Minneapolis, Ajahn Chandako was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1990 in the Thai Forest Tradition in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. After practicing intensive meditation in various monasteries in Thailand and traveling extensively in Tibet, Nepal, and India, he settled at Wat Pah Nanachat in Thailand, the monastery established by Ajahn Chah for his English-speaking disciples. He translated many of the teachings into English and is...
Ajahn Pasanno Ajahn Pasanno Ajahn Pasanno took ordination in Thailand in 1974 with Venerable Phra Khru Ñāṇasirivatana as preceptor. During his first year as a monk he was taken by his teacher to meet Ajahn Chah, with whom he asked to be allowed to stay and train. One of the early residents of Wat Pah Nanachat, Ajahn Pasanno became its abbot in his ninth year. During his incumbency Wat Pah Nanachat developed considerably, both in physical size and in reputation. Ajahn...
Ajahn Sucitto
Alan Senauke Alan Senauke Hozan Alan Senauke is vice-abbot of Berkeley Zen Center, where he lives with his family. Alan is founder of the Clear View Project, developing Buddhist-based resources for relief and social change. He is Senior Advisor to Buddhist Peace Fellowship. In another realm, Alan has been a student and performer of American traditional music for nearly fifty years.
Alex Haley Alex Haley Alex is an assistant professor of mindfulness programs at the University of Minnesota. He was trained as a Community Dharma Leader by Spirit Rock Meditation Center (SRMC) and is currently going through the 2013-16 Spirit Rock/IMS/IMC Teacher Training program. His mentors are Joseph Goldstein and Guy Armstrong. Alex was also trained through the Center for Spirituality & Healing, the Center for Mindfulness, and the Somatic Experiencing Trauma...
Alexis Santos Alexis Santos Alexis has practiced Insight Meditation in India, Burma and the US since 2001. He met Sayadaw U Tejaniya in Burma in 2003 and has been his long-time student, including several years of training as a Buddhist Monk under his guidance. Alexis’ teaching emphasizes knowing the mind through a natural and relaxed continuity. He brings a practical, intuitive and compassionate approach to the development of wisdom. He is in the current Spirit Rock/IMS...
Amana Brembry Johnson Amana Brembry Johnson Amana Brembry Johnson is currently a student in the Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program and a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program. She teaches meditation and guides contemplative movement that interweaves the wisdom of the Dharma with yoga, Qigong, and other embodiment practices.
Amy Saltzman
Andrea Castillo Andrea Castillo Andrea Castillo has practiced Insight Meditation since 1998. Her teachers have been Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella. Andrea has taught Dharma in Spanish at IMC since 2011. She completed a Ph.D. in the Humanities at Stanford University in 2009. Andrea is a graduate of the Sati Center Chaplaincy Training Program, the Dharma Mentoring Training Program, and the Local Dharma Leaders taught by Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella. Presently she is part of...
Andrea Fella Andrea Fella Andrea Fella is the co-teacher at the Insight Meditation Center and the Insight Retreat Center. She has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1996, and teaching Insight Meditation since 2003. She is particularly drawn to intensive retreat practice, and has done a number of long retreats, both in the United States and in Burma. During one long practice period in Burma, she ordained as a nun with Sayadaw U Janaka. Andrea is especially drawn...
Angie Boissevain Angie Boissevain Angie Boissevain is a transmitted lay priest disciple of Kobun Chino Otogawa and completed transmission with Vanja Palmers. She has been teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area for 40 years, with emphasis on zazen, and informal studies of Buddhist, especially Soto Zen, teachings. She was one of the founders, with Kobun roshi, of Jikoji, a Zen temple and retreat center in the Santa Cruz mountains, and is teacher for Floating Zendo meditation...
Annie Nugent Annie Nugent Annie has practiced in the Theravada and Tibetan traditions since 1979 under the guidance of a range of teachers including Sayadaw U Pandita, Tulku Akong Rinpoche and various western teachers. She was the resident teacher at the Insight Meditation Society from 1999-2003 and has since been teaching elsewhere in America, including the annual IMS 3 month retreat and The Forest Refuge. Her teaching style aims to reveal how our all aspects of our...
Anushka Fernandopulle Anushka Fernandopulle Anushka Fernandopulle teaches Insight meditation in the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of the world. Anushka is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher's Council and has trained in the Theravada Buddhist tradition for 30 years in monasteries in Sri Lanka & India as well as urban US settings. Anushka has an MBA from Yale and works with organizations as a consultant and with individuals as a leadership coach. She leads a weekly meditation...
Ari Crellin-Quick Ari Crellin-Quick Ari Crellin-Quick has been a student of the Dharma since 2004. His primary practice lineage and orientation is based in the teachings of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, which emphasize a simple, natural, easeful knowing of experience for the cultivation of wisdom. Ari's primary Dharma mentor is Andrea Fella, and he has participated in Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioners Program, Insight Meditation Center's Local Dharma Leaders training, and is a...
Ari Goldfield Ari Goldfield Ari Goldfield is a Buddhist teacher who had the unique experience of being continuously in the training and service of his own teacher, the Tibetan master Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, for eleven years. From 1998-2006, Ari served as Khenpo Rinpoche's oral translator and secretary on seven round-the-world teaching tours, received extensive instruction from Rinpoche, and meditated under Rinpoche’s guidance in retreats. Ari is also a...
Ayya Anandabodhi Ayya Anandabodhi Ayya Anandabodhi first encountered the Buddha’s teachings in her early teens, igniting a deep interest in the Buddha’s Path of Awakening. She lived and trained as a nun in the Forest Tradition at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in England from 1992 until 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 through nature’s pure...
Ayya Dhammadipa Ayya Dhammadīpā también se conoce como la Reverenda Konin Cardenas. Ella empezó a practicar el budismo en 1987, cuando descubrió la práctica del Zen. Continuó como practicante laica hasta el 2007, cuando fue ordenada como monja por Sekkei Harada Roshi en el monasterio Hosshinji, en Japón. Es heredera del Dharma en el linaje Suzuki Roshi, transmitido por la Reverenda Shosan Victoria Austin. Dhammadīpā llegó al Monasterio del Bosque Aloka...
Ayya Santacitta Ayya Santacitta Ayya Santacittā has practiced meditation since 1988. Her first teacher was Ajahn Buddhadasa, who sparked her interest in Buddhist monastic life. She has trained as a nun in both the East and West since 1993, primarily in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. Since 2002, she also integrates Dzogchen teachings into her practice. Ayya Santacitta is co-founder of Aloka Vihara, a training monastery for women near Placerville, CA, and received bhikkhuni...
Ayya Santussika Ayya Santussika Ayya Santussika grew up on a farm in Indiana and moved to California after receiving a BS and MS in Computer Science. She worked for 15 years as a software engineer in Silicon Valley before dedicating her life to spiritual practice. In 1999, she began visiting monasteries in the US, Europe and Asia where she learned from master teachers mostly in the Ajahn Chah lineage. She trained as a minister and received a Masters of Divinity degree in...
Berget Jelane Berget Jelane Berget Jelane has been a student of the Dharma since 1986. She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center Community Dharma Leaders Program and the Sati Center Chaplaincy Training. She was ordained by Gil Fronsdal as a lay Buddhist minister in 2010. She leads the sangha, Insight Meditation San Jose.
Bernat Font Clos
Beth Goldring Beth Goldring Beth Kanji Goldring began sitting Zen in 1995 and was ordained in 1995. She studies vipassana with Gil Fronsdal. She has also studied tonglen with Alan Wallace, and Reiki with Glynn DeBrocky. A former university humanities teacher and human rights worker, Beth lives in Phnom Penh where she founded Brahmavihara Cambodia, formerly Brahmavihara/Cambodia AIDS Project, in 2000. Brahmavihara provides chaplaincy, social work, and material support to...
Bhante Buddharakkhita Bhante Buddharakkhita Bhante Buddharakkhita was born and raised in Uganda, Africa. He first encountered Buddhism in 1990 while living in India, and he began practicing meditation in 1993. He was ordained as a Buddhist monk by the late Venerable U Silananda in 2002 at the Tathagata Meditation Center in San Jose, California and then he spent eight years under the guidance of Bhante Gunaratana at the Bhavana Society, West Virginia. He is the founder of the Uganda...
Bhante Piyananda Venerable Walpola Piyananda (“Bhante”) is the founder, president, and abbot of Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara in Los Angeles, California. Born in 1943 in Sri Lanka, he has been a monk since the age of 12. He came to the United States in 1976 to further his education, attending Northwestern University and UCLA, holding two M.A.s and a Ph.D. He is presently the adviser to the president of Sri Lanka on international religious affairs and the chief...
Bhante Sujato Bhante Sujato is a senior teaching monk in Australia and the region. He is currently focussing on leading the team for SuttaCentral, a website for early Buddhist texts, translations, and parallels. He is also passionate about climate work and other contemporary issues. Many of his works can be found online at https://lokanta.github.io.
Bhikkhu Analayo Bhikkhu Analayo Bhikkhu Analayo was born in Germany in 1962 and ordained in Sri Lanka in 1995. In the year 2000 he completed a Ph.D. thesis on the Satipatthana-sutta at the University of Peradeniya (published by Windhorse in the UK). In the year 2007 he completed a habilitation research at the University of Marburg, in which he compared the Majjhima-nikaya discourses with their Chinese, Sanskrit, and Tibetan counterparts. At present, he is a member of the...
Bhikkhu Ananda
Bhikkhu Bodhi Bhikkhu Bodhi Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk, originally from New York City. In late 1972, he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received monastic ordination. He lived for altogether twenty-four years in Asia, primarily in Sri Lanka. He was the editor for the Buddhist Publication Society in Kandy from 1984 until 2002, and he has translated numerous texts from the Pali Canon into English, among them the Samyutta Nikaya (Connected Discourses of the...
Bill Hart Bill Hart is a Hospice and Hospital Chaplain working for several hospitals in the Bay Area. His tradition is primarily Theravadan. He has been practicing meditation since 1995 and has been leading a sitting group since 1998. He has been involved with the Spirit Rock Family program. He completed a year long residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Sequoia Hospital in 2005 and the Sati Buddhist Chaplaincy Program in 2006. He also serves on...
Bill Kostura
Blanche Hartman Blanche Hartman ZENZEI BLANCHE HARTMAN began sitting in 1969 with Mel Weitsman and Suzuki-roshi. She was ordained a priest in 1977 by Zentatsu Baker and received dharma transmission with Sojun Mel Weitsman in 1988. She became Abbess of San Francisco Zen Center in 1996. She is married to Shuun Lou Hartman; they have four children and six grandchildren.
Bob Stahl Bob Stahl Bob Stahl, PhD, has founded seven Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs in medical centers in the SF Bay Area and is currently offering programs at Dominican Hospital and El Camino Hospitals in Los Gatos and Mt. View. Dr. Stahl serves as a Senior Teacher for Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts...
Brian Lesage Brian Lesage Brian Lesage has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1988 and has taught meditation since 2000. He has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. He was ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in 1996. His training in Vipassana Meditation includes doing extended meditation retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, and India as well as numerous retreats in the U.S. He leads retreats and teaches meditation courses nationwide. Brian...
Bruce Hyman Bruce was first introduced to Buddhism as a doctor during the Vietnam war in 1970 by his dear friend and interpreter, Trug. When he returned to the U.S. he found a balanced Yoga practice consisting of postures and meditation. He continues to practice Hatha Yoga to this day. He practiced other forms of meditation on and off until about 15 years ago when he found Buddhist practice and have engaged fully with persistence and enthusiasm since...
bruni dávila bruni dávila bruni dávila has practiced Insight and Zen meditation since 1995 and at IMC since 2006. A student of both Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella, bruni teaches at IMC and in the wider Bay Area in Spanish and English. bruni is a graduate from the IMC Local Dharma Leaders, and is currently in the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society (IMS) Teacher Training. bruni dávila, originaria de Puerto Rico, emigró a los Estados Unidos continental en 1991. bruni...
Carla Brennan Carla Brennan Carla Brennan is an Insight Meditation retreat teacher in the Santa Cruz area and offers drop-in meditation groups, classes, retreats and other programs with Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation. She is also a visiting teacher with the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. Carla founded Bloom of the Present in 2009. Carla began meditation practice in 1975 in the Zen tradition and was a student of Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn in...
Carolyn Dille Carolyn Dille Carolyn Dille is a poet and teacher who facilitates writing and creative expression workshops. She has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1990, and has trained with a variety of teachers in both the Theravada and Soto Zen traditions. She completed the Community Dharma Leaders program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2003. Carolyn lives in Santa Cruz and is writing a book on meditative and creative awareness, working title:Insight,...
Carrie Tamburo Carrie Tamburo, Ph.D. was born in New Orleans and met the dharma in Los Angeles in 1982 while completing her doctorate at UCLA. She travelled to India and then practiced with renowned teachers in the Tibetan tradition for 10 years. Since 1992, Carrie has practiced and studied in the Theravadan tradition. She completed the Community Dharma Leader Training Program sponsored by Spirit Rock Center in 2017, and since 2015 has taught dharma in...
Cheryl Hylton Cheryl Hylton has been a student of Gil Fronsdal and meditation practitioner since 1997. She teaches the Basic Meditation Instruction class at IMC, has served on the IMC board, fund development and board development committees and the Ethics and Reconciliation Council. She is IMC residential retreat co-coordinator and lives in San Mateo with her husband, Jeff.
Chris Clifford <p> <b>Chris Clifford</b> has practiced meditation at <a href="http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org">IMC</a> and other Insight centers since 1995. She appreciates the integration of intensive meditation retreats with daily life Dharma practice and service. Chris is a graduate of IMC's Dharma Mentoring program and is currently in the Local Dharma Leadership program. She is an instructor for IMC's various introductory classes and co-leads...
Daigan Gaither Daigan Gaither Rev. Daigan Gaither began Buddhist practice in 1995 in the Vipassana (Insight) tradition, and then began to study Zen in 2003 with Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi. He received Lay Ordination in 2006 where he was given the name Daigan or “Great Vow”, and received Priest Ordination in July 2011. Daigan speaks internationally on a variety of topics particularly around politics, gender, sexuality, social justice and their intersections with the Dharma....
Daniel Bowling Daniel Bowling Daniel Bowling is a mediator and public policy facilitator in Sausalito, California. He co-edited and co-authored "Bringing Peace into the Room" -- the first book on mediation to focus on the importance for resolving conflict of the mediator's personal qualities. He also contributed a chapter entitled “The Buddha’s Teachings on the Personal Qualities of a Conflict Resolver” for Faith and Practice in Conflict Resolution, edited by Professor...
Dan Landry Dan Landry has had a lifelong interest in contemplative practice. He has been a student of the dhamma since 1999 and is a grateful member of Insight Santa Cruz where he continues to practice and teach.
David Cohn David Cohn David Cohn was a resident practitioner at the Zen Center of San Francisco's three practice places, Tassajara Monastery, Green Gulch Farm, and the City Center, from 1970 to 1984, and was ordained as a priest in 1974. Since then he has carried on lay practice, became married and has a daughter and a grandson. He owned and operated two San Francisco restaurants from 1985 until retirement in 2009. He was a Zen Hospice Project volunteer for 20...
David Lorey David Lorey David Lorey has been meditating for many years. While daily sitting and walking meditation form the core of his practice, he also enjoys studying the early teachings of the Pali canon for insights into living in accord with the Dharma. In sharing Dharma teachings and through Dharma-mentoring, David is committed to helping others discover their own unique ways of using meditation to find profound release from stress and suffering. Gil is his...
Dawn Neal Dawn Neal Dawn Neal has accumulated over two years of silent meditation retreat practice since 2005. After exploring multiple Buddhist traditions, in 2009 she took temporary monastic ordination in the Burmese Theravāda tradition. Upon returning home, she joined the IMC community. Dawn holds an MA from the Institute of Buddhist Studies. She works as a spiritual care professional (Chaplain), ordained in the Insight Meditation Tradition by Gil Fronsdal....
Dawn Scott Dawn Scott Dawn Scott has been practicing insight meditation since 2008. She has taught teen retreats and led Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s family program for eight years. She is currently completing the Insight Meditation Society’s four year teacher training program. Dawn has a deep love of long retreat practice and enjoys sharing teachings that lead to awakening.
Devin Berry Devin Berry Devin began his practice with Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village sangha and has been practicing Insight meditation since 1999. He teaches at Insight Meditation Society (IMS), where he was trained as a residential retreat teacher. Devin has a love of long retreat practice as well as daily life practices that point to the liberative teachings of the Buddha. Devin co-founded both the teen and men of color sangha at the East Bay Meditation center...
Devon Hase Devon Hase Devon Hase, MAT, MFA, began meditation training in 2001. After spending a decade as a classroom teacher of high school and community college students, she entered a cumulative two-year period of retreat guided by Joseph Goldstein, Eugene Cash, and her Tibetan Buddhist teachers, Lama Pema and Lama Yeshe. Currently, Devon serves on retreat teams at IMS and Spirit Rock, and leads trainings in the US and Europe with her husband, Craig. She is the...
Dhammaruwan Dhammaruwan, born in a traditional Buddhist village in Sri Lanka, became known for spontaneously chanting suttas as a young boy. He began meditation practice in early childhood with the teachings of Anagarika Munindra. He trained for many years with Bhante Gunaratana and is a graduate of Insight Meditation Society's Teacher Training Program USA (2005). He teaches worldwide, bringing his students complex teaching in simple and easy to...
Diana Clark Diana Clark As a dharma teacher, Diana Clark, PhD, draws from her extensive retreat practice to teach in a warm-hearted and relevant manner. Being inspired by the Buddha’s teachings on peace and freedom, she teaches with an emphasis on both the beautiful and the practical and with a commitment to creating the conditions for the unfolding of both wisdom and compassion. As a Buddhist scholar Diana teaches courses on Theravada Buddhism at the Graduate...
Donald Rothberg Donald Rothberg Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock and a teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976, and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice and the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook Graduate School, he currently writes and teaches classes,...
Eileen Messina Eileen Messina is in training to become a Buddhist Chaplain. She feels Chaplaincy is a natural expression of her years of practice and involvement with the Insight Meditation Center and her responsibility, joy, and commitment as a parent, friend, and community member.
Eugene Cash Eugene Cash Eugene Cash has practiced meditation since 1981. He leads weekly sitting groups in San Francisco and meditation retreats nationwide. Many streams of the vipassana tradition and the Zen school of Buddhism influence his teaching. Eugene is also a teacher in the Ridhwan School. As a psychotherapist he has worked extensively with those who are ill, the dying and the bereaved.
Fiona Barner
Francisco Morillo Gable Francisco Morillo Gable Francisco is a student of Andrea Fella and Gil Fronsdal. He also studies and teaches early Buddhism with Bikkhu Analayo. Thanks to a devoted engagement with the Dharma, Francisco made a remarkable recovery from an accident in 2003 that rendered him disabled. He has a special interest in teaching underserved groups. And he is highly committed to bringing the Dharma to the greater Spanish speaking world.
Francisco Morillo Gable, David Lorey, & Andrea Castillo
Frank Ostaseski In 1987, Frank Ostaseski helped form the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. In 2004, he founded the Metta Institute to provide innovative educational programs on spirituality in dying and to create a national network of end-of-life care practitioners. Frank teaches Buddhist retreats internationally. His workshops have introduced thousands to the practices of mindful and compassionate care of the dying. For more...
Fu Nancy Schroeder Fu Nancy Schroeder Fu Schroeder has studied Zen Buddhism as a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center since 1979. She began working for the community at the Tassajara Bread Bakery and later at Greens Restaurant before entering monastic training at Zen Mountain Center. Fu was priest ordained in 1986 and received Dharma Transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1999. Fu is currently the Abiding Abbess at Green Gulch Farm and a trustee of the Marin Community...
Gay Watson Gay Watson Gay Watson has a PhD in Religious Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She trained as a psychotherapist with the Karuna Institute in Core Process, a Buddhist inspired psychotherapy. She is the author of Beyond Happiness, Deepening the Dialogue Between Buddhism, Psychotherapy and the Mind Sciences (2008) and A Philosophy of Emptiness (2014).
Gil Fronsdal Gil Fronsdal Gil Fronsdal is the senior guiding co-teacher at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) in Redwood City, California and the Insight Retreat Center in Santa Cruz, California. He started Buddhist practice in 1975, and has been teaching for IMC since 1990. Gil is an authorized teacher in two traditions: the Insight Meditation lineage of Theravada Buddhism of Southeast Asia, and Japanese Soto Zen. He holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford....
Ginger Clarkson
Grace Burford
Gregory Kramer Gregory Kramer Gregory Kramer has been teaching meditation since 1980. He developed the practice of Insight Dialogue and is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Metta Programs, offering retreats worldwide and authoring books including Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom and Dharma Contemplation: Meditating Together with Wisdom Texts.
Greg Scharf Greg Scharf Greg Scharf began meditating in 1992 and has been teaching residential meditation retreats since 2007, including the annual 3 month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society where he is a core teacher. In his teaching Greg emphasizes the understanding that meditation is fundamentally an exploration of nature and natural processes. He also stresses the critical importance of bringing the qualities of kindness, compassion, and a sense of humor...
Gulwinder (Gullu) Singh Gulwinder (Gullu) Singh Gulwinder “Gullu” Singh is a corporate attorney and dedicated Dharma practitioner. He teaches regularly at InsightLA and Spirit Rock Meditation Center and has taught meditation at USC, as a guest lecturer at UCLA Law School, in law firms, at legal conferences and in corporate settings. Gullu is trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is currently in the 4-year Spirit Rock Meditation Center Teacher Training Program....
Guy Armstrong Guy Armstrong
Heather Martin Heather Martin Heather Martin has practiced different forms of meditation for over thirty years. Her early dharma practice was under the guidance of S. N. Goenka, and has since been influenced by both Burmese and Thai streams of Theravada - just recently while practicing in Burma with Ven. U Tejaniya. She was trained by Jack Kornfield, and teaches at Spirit Rock, in south western Canada and in the Pacific Northwest. She worked for 20 years as a midwife, and...
Heather Sundberg Heather Sundberg Heather Sundberg has completed the four-year Spirit Rock/Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training and continues to be mentored by Jack Kornfield. She is also a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders program (CDL2). Beginning her own meditation practice in her late teens, for twenty years Heather has studied with senior teachers in the Insight Meditation (Vipassana) and Tibetan (Vajrayana) traditions, and has sat 1-3 months of...
Hilary Borison Hilary Borison is a recent graduate of the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, and a graduate of the Chaplaincy Program through the Sati Center, applying both in her work as a grief counselor with Kara in Palo Alto. She is currently enrolled in the Dharma Mentoring Training Program at IMC and serves a mentor in the Eightfold Path Program. Hilary teaches the Dharma Bodhis middle school program,...
Imam Tahir Anwar
Ines Freedman Ines Freedman Ines first became interested in meditation through her yoga practice in 1970. She has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1985, with Gil Fronsdal being her primary teacher. She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Program. She is a member of the IMC Karuna Council and is past Managing Director of both the Insight Meditation Center and the Insight Retreat Center. She developed and taught IMC’s Online Meditation...
Ines Freedman
Jacques Verduin Jacques Verduin Jacques has been a leader and innovator in the field of rehabilitation for prisoners since 1997. He is an expert on violence prevention, emotional intelligence, restorative justice and mindfulness. Born from 21 years of listening to the traumas of thousands of offenders and victims, a deeply transformational program, Guiding Rage Into Power (G.R.I.P.), has emerged." Jacques will bring a few formerly incarcerated men (Change Agents) to speak...
Jaku Kinst Jaku Kinst is a priest and teacher in the Soto Zen tradition and is a licensed psychotherapist. She has taught at the San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, Santa Cruz Zen Center and Gampo Abbey with the Venerable Pema Chodron. She teaches graduate courses in Contemplative Psychology, the Psychology of Spiritual Direction and Buddhism. Jaku also trained as a chaplain at the UCSF Medical Center.
Jan Nattier
Jason Murphy Jason Murphy has been practicing Vipassana (Insight) meditation since 1994. He is a teacher and counselor who has been working with youth and families for the past 17 years. Jason has taught mindful awareness in a variety of settings and now leads a weekly Mindfulness group for young adults in Santa Cruz. He has assisted at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and with the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF) on a number of retreats. Jason has sat...
JD Doyle JD Doyle JD is a Core Teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center and co-founded the LGBTQI+ (Alphabet Sangha). They’re currently in the Spirit Rock Teacher Training and completed the Dedicated Practitioner Program and the Community Dharma Leader Program. They’ve practiced Buddhism for over 20 years in the U.S., Thailand, and Burma. They worked as a public school teacher for over 20 years focusing on issues of equity and access.They are committed to...
Jeff Hardin Jeff Hardin Jeff Hardin has been practicing meditation since 2000. He teaches meditation and is a community mentor at the Sacramento Insight Meditation group and a Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader. He is on the Board of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and is the managing editor of the Sati Journal. His teachings emphasize using the suttas to inform meditation practice. He has authored <i>How We Practice: An Introduction to Insight Meditation</i>...
Jennifer Block Jennifer Block Jennifer Block’s life work is providing spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing. Based in San Francisco, Jennifer is a longtime dharma practitioner and Buddhist chaplain. She provides care to individuals facing the spiritual and emotional issues related to aging, sickness, dying and grief. Jennifer teaches the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program...
Jennifer Lemas Jennifer Lemas is an ordained Buddhist Minister. She has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1997, with Gil Fronsdal as her guiding teacher. Jennifer leads the Buddhism and Recovery group at IMC, offers meditation instructions to beginners and serves as program mentor for the Eightfold Path Program. She is a graduate of the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, Upaya’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Program and Spirit Rock's Dedicated...
Jill Hyman Jill Hyman has practiced yoga since 1974, Vipassana meditation with ISC since 2000. Her practice is influenced by the Thai Forest tradition (Ajahns Sumedho, Succito, & Amaro), Dzogchen (Tsoknyi Rinpoche & Anam Thubten), the many teachers of Spirit Rock & IMS, and especially Shinzen Young (Vipassana Support Institute). She has served as a volunteer chaplain at Salinas Valley State Prison since 2001, heading the program with Bruce since 2003....
Jill Shepherd Jill Shepherd has been practicing since 1999 living and working in meditation centers and monasteries in the USA, England and Thailand. She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rokc teacher training program, under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal. She divides her time teaching in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. 
Jim Bronson Jim Bronson Jim Bronson began working with the inner life and spiritual traditions as a student of Krishnamurti through a meditation course in 1968; he began Vipassana Meditation in 1990. Jim focuses on expressing his practice in the world with community outreach and education through Kara for those dealing with tragedy and loss. In addition to talks and meditation instruction in the Bay Area, he officiates at weddings and memorial services, and has...
Jim Podolske Jim Podolske is a scientist who has been a Vipassana student of Gil Fronsdal since 1998. He serves the Insight Meditation Center sangha both as a volunteer and introductory meditation instructor, and is a former IMC board member. He has sat Vipassana, Samadhi, and Brahmavihara retreats over the last 10 years, including a six week retreat with Joseph Goldstein in 2003. Jim enjoys sailing on the San Francisco Bay.
JoAnna Hardy JoAnna Hardy
John Martin John Martin John Martin teaches Vipassana, Metta, and LGBTQI themed meditation retreats. He leads an on-going weekly meditation group in San Francisco and is the guiding teacher for the LGBTQueer Sangha at IMC. He has had a dedicated practice while being engaged in the working world and emphasizes practice for daily life. He also completed the SRMC/IMS/IRC 4-year teacher training in 2016.
John Peacock John Peacock John Peacock has been both an academic scholar as well as a Buddhist practitioner/teacher for more than thirty years. Initially trained in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in monasteries in South India, he subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada and has taught at Peradiniya University on the outskirts of Kandy. He currently teaches Buddhist studies and Indian religions at the University of Bristol in the UK, is the Guiding Teacher...
John Travis John Travis JOHN TRAVIS has been a student of Vipassana since 1970. In the eight years he lived in Asia, he studied intensively with senior teachers of the Vipassana and Tibetan traditions. John Is the founder of the Mountain Stream Meditation Center in the Sacramento/Auburn area, where he leads classes and retreats. He is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher's Council.
José Luis Reissig
Joseph Bobrow <b>Joseph Bobrow</b> is a Zen master, author, and retired psychoanalyst. Thich Nhat Hanh said of Joseph’s first book, Zen and Psychotherapy: Partners in Liberation, “Please read with a feeling of gratitude.” His Holiness The Dalai Lama wrote the foreword for Joseph’s latest book, Waking Up From War: A Better Way Home For Veterans and Nations. In it, Joseph illuminates trauma in an original and integrative way as he presents the work of Coming...
Joseph Goldstein Joseph Goldstein Joseph Goldstein is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the resident guiding teachers. Since 1967 he has been studying and practicing different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma, and Tibet. He has been leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a co-founder of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and more recently, the Forest Refuge, a...
Jozen Tamori Gibson Jozen Tamori Gibson Jozen Tamori Gibson (they, them) began formal meditation practice in 2004 through Sotō Zen while living in Japan joined by a Theravada practice in 2010. Jozen is a participant in the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society (IMS) Dharma Teacher Training program and serves on the New York Insight Meditation Center’s teacher council. With certifications and embodiment studies in Yoga, Qigong, Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy (IFOT) and Complex...
Judith Randall
Judy Cannon Judy has been practicing meditation for 9 years and has been part of our IMC sangha for 5 years. As a Catholic nun she is attentive to diversity in spiritual practice.
Judy Long Judy Cannon began Buddhist meditation practice in 2000 with Tara Brach in Bethesda, Maryland. After moving back to the San Francisco area, she practices at the Insight Meditation Center and has sat several retreats at Spirit Rock and the Insight Retreat Center. As a Catholic nun, she is very interested in diversity in spiritual practice. You can contact Judy at jntlong@gmail.com.
Kamala Masters Kamala Masters Kamala is one of the founders of the Vipassana Metta Foundation on Maui, where she is developing a sanctuary-hermitage for long term practice. She teaches retreats in the worldwide, including being a Core Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, MA. Practicing since 1975, her teachers have been the late Anagarika Munindra of India and Sayadaw U Pandita of Burma with whom she continues to practice. She lives on Maui where she...