Insight Meditation teachers

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Fred von Allmen
Fred von Allmen has studied and practiced under Tibetan and Theravada teachers since 1970 in Asia, Europe and the US. He has taught retreats worldwide for 25 years. The author of several Buddhist books in German, he is a co-founder of the Meditation Center Beatenberg in the Swiss Alps.

Talks on Dharma Seed

Ajahn Amaro
Ajahn Amaro (Jeremy Horner) was born in Kent England in 1956. He studied at Wat Pah Nanachat in Thailand and received upasampada from Ajahn Chah. In 1997 he was invited to take up residence and lead the establishment of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California, where he currently resides.

Talks on Dharma Seed | Talks on Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery | Talks on Audio Dharma

Guy Armstrong
Guy Armstrong has practiced insight meditation for over 30 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 a governing teacher at Spirit Rock.

Talks on Dharma Seed

Steve Armstrong
Steve Armstrong is a co-founding teacher at the Vipassana Metta Foundation's dhamma sanctuary-hermitage on Maui.

Talks on Dharma Seed | Talks on Audio Dharma| Talks on Vipassana Metta

James Baraz
James Baraz has practiced vipassana meditation since 1974 and taught since 1980. He is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center . James coordinates the Community Dharma Leader program, the Kalyana Mitta Network, and is the teacher-advisor to the Spirit Rock Family and Teen program. James leads ongoing meditation and Awakening Joy classes at Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

Talks on Dharma Seed | Talks at Insight Berkeley

Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) is an American monk of the Thai forest tradition. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1971 he studied meditation under Ajaan Fuang Jotiko in Thailand, himself a student of the late Ajaan Lee, and ordained in 1976. In 1991 he traveled to the hills of San Diego County, USA, where he helped establish Metta Forest Monastery, where he is the abbot. He is a prolific writer and translator. Many of his works can be found online at Access to Insight.

Talks at Metta Forest Monastery | Talks on Audio Dharma

Bhikkhu Bodhi
Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk, ordained in Sri Lanka and currently teaching Bodhi Monastery in New Jersey. He was appointed the second president of the Buddhist Publication Society and has edited and authored In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Teachings of the Buddha), The Connected Discourses of the Buddha, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha and many other books.

Ashoka online course The Buddha's Teaching As It Is

Sylvia Boorstein
Sylvia Boorstein has been teaching since 1985 and teaches both vipassana and metta meditation. She is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and a psychotherapist, wife, mother, and grandmother who is particularly interested in seeing daily life as practice. Her books include It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness, Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat, and Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness.

Talks on Dharma Seed

Tara Brach
Tara Brach is the author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha. She is founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC, and teaches Buddhist meditation at centers in the United States and Canada. A clinical psychologist, she has taught extensively on the application of Buddhist teachings to emotional healing.

Talks on Dharma Seed | Talks on IMCW

Ajahn Brahm
Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera (known to most as Ajahn Brahm) was born Peter Betts in London, United Kingdom. Ajahn Brahm is the Abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery, in Serpentine, Western Australia and the Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia.

Talks on Buddhist Society of Western Australia | Ajahn Brahm's web site

Bhante Buddharakkhita
Bhante Buddharakkhita was born and raised in Uganda. Meditating since 1993, he was ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk in 2002. Now residing at Bhavana Society in WV, he teaches worldwide and in 2005 founded the Uganda Buddhist Centre.

Talks on Dharma Seed

Hugh Byrne
Hugh Byrne teaches with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC and is a co-founder of the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship. He teaches classes on Buddhism and meditation for the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program.

Talks on Dharma Seed

Eugene Cash
Eugene Cash is a Spirit Rock Meditation Center teacher and the founding teacher (since 1993) of San Francisco Insight. Eugene is also the co-founder and co-teacher of the Dedicated Practitioners' Program for senior students at Spirit Rock. In addition, Eugene teaches the Diamond Approach® in San Francisco and Holland.

Talks on Dharma Seed | Talks on Audio Dharma | Talks on San Francisco Insight

Sally Clough Armstrong
Sally Clough Armstrong began practicing vipassana meditation in India in 1981. She moved to the Bay Area in 1988, and worked at Spirit Rock Meditation Center until 1994 in a number of roles, including executive director. She began teaching in 1996, and is one of the guiding teachers of Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioner Program.

Talks on Dharma Seed

Pat Coffey
Pat Coffey has over 30 years of meditation experience, including intensive retreat practice under the guidance of Pa Auk Sayadaw. He teaches nationally and founded the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville VA and the Blue Ridge Prison Project.

Ruth Denison
Ruth Denison studied in Burma in the early 1960s with the meditation master Sayagi U Ba Khin. She has been teaching since 1973 and is founder of Dhamma Dena Desert Vipassana, a desert retreat center in Joshua Tree, CA, and The Center for Buddhism in the West in Germany.

Talks on Dharma Seed

Peter Doobinin
Peter Doobinin is the guiding teacher of the Downtown New York Meditation Community. Peter is a co-founder of New York Insight Meditation Center and a member of the NYI Teachers Council. He is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders program. He’s an instructor in the Insight Meditation Correspondence Course.

Christina Feldman
Christina Feldman is a co-founder of Gaia House in England. Following training in the Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions, she has taught meditation since 1976 and has an ongoing commitment to the long-term retreat program at Gaia House. Her books include Compassion, Silence and The Buddhist Path to Simplicity.

Talks on Dharma Seed

Gil Fronsdal
Gil Fronsdal has practiced Zen and Vipassana since 1975 and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. Trained by Jack Kornfield, he is the founder and primary teacher of the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California. Gil is the author of The Issue at Hand, co-editor of Teachings of the Buddha, and has published an acclaimed new translation of The Dhammapada.

Talks on Dharma Seed | Talks on Audio Dharma | Insight Meditation Center web site

Patricia Genoud-Feldman
Patricia Genoud-Feldman has been practicing Buddhist meditation (vipassana and Dzogchen) in Asia and the West since 1984 and teaching vipassana internationally since 1997. She is a co-founder and guiding teacher at the Centre Vimalakirti in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Joseph Goldstein
Joseph Goldstein is a co-founder and guiding teacher of Insight Meditation Society. He has been teaching vipassana and metta retreats worldwide since 1974 and in 1989 helped establish Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He is the author of A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma, The Experience of Insight and Insight Meditation.

Talks on Dharma Seed
Ashoka online course Rest Your Weary Mind: Letting Go of the Hindrances

Trudy Goodman
Trudy Goodman has practiced in the Zen and Theravada traditions since 1974. She founded Insight LA and Growing Spirit (a family program) in Los Angeles. She is the guiding teacher of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Cambridge, MA

Talks on Dharma Seed | Insight LA web site

Bhante Gunaratana
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is the founding abbot of the Bhavana Society and an internationally recognized author and meditation teacher. Born in rural Sri Lanka, he has been a monk since age 12 and took full ordination at age 20 in 1947. “Bhante G” (as he is fondly called by his students) has written a number of books, including the now-classic meditation manual Mindfulness In Plain English and its companion Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness. Bhante G regularly leads retreats on vipassana, mindfulness, metta (Loving-friendliness), concentration, and other topics both at the Bhavana Society and elsewhere.

Talks on Dharma Seed | Talks on Bhavana Society

Myoshin Kelley
Myoshin Kelley began practice in 1975 and has worked with teachers in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. She is teacher-in-residence at the IMS Forest Refuge.

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Jack Kornfield
Jack Kornfield is a co-founder of IMS and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and has taught meditation internationally since 1974. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is the author of a number of books, including The Wise Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry.

Talks on Dharma Seed | Jack's web site

Michael Liebenson Grady
Michael Liebenson Grady has been practicing insight meditation since 1973. He is a guiding teacher at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center.

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Narayan Liebenson Grady
Narayan Liebenson Grady is a guiding teacher at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, where she has taught since 1985. She is the author of When Singing, Just Sing: Life As Meditation and a regular contributor to Buddhadharma magazine.

Talks on Dharma Seed

Kamala Masters
Trained by Anagarika Munindra and Sayadaw U Pandita, Kamala Masters began practicing in 1975. She is a co-founder and guiding teacher of the Vipassana Metta Foundation on Maui and is currently developing Ho'omalamalama, a sanctuary-hermitage for long-term practice.

Talks on Dharma Seed | Talks on Vipassana Metta

Michele McDonald
Michele McDonald has taught insight meditation around the world for 27 years. . She is a co-founder of Vipassana Hawai'i as well as a leader in retreats for youth and Burma relief projects.

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Phillip Moffitt
Phillip Moffitt is a member of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center Teachers Council and the founder of the Life Balance Institute. He teaches vipassana meditation and is the author of Dancing with Life, a book exploring the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths.

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Wes Nisker
Wes Nisker is a dharma teacher, author, radio commentator and performer. He is the founder and co-editor of Inquiring Mind and a member of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center Teachers Council. His latest book is Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again!

Talks on Dharma Seed | Talks on Audio Dharma

Andrew Olendzki
Andy Olendzki was trained in Buddhist Studies at Lancaster University in England, as well as at Harvard and the University of Sri Lanka. The former executive director of Insight Meditation Society, he is currently the executive director of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS) in Barre, MA. He is editor of the Insight Journal.

Talks on Audio Dharma
Ashoka online course The Metta Sutta

Ajahn Pasanno

Ajahn Pasanno (Reed Perry) studied with Ajahn Chah and became abbot of Wat Pah Nanachat in Thailand. In 1997 he moved to where he is currently resident in California, joining Ajahn Amaro in establishing Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Corrado Pensa
Corrado Pensa teaches insight meditation in Italy and the US. Since 1987 he has been the guiding teacher of the Association for Mindfulness Meditation in Rome. He is also a professor of Eastern Philosophy at the University of Rome and a former psychotherapist

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Marcia Rose
Marcia Rose is the guiding teacher for The Mountain Hermitage in Taos, NM and teaches internationally. Meditating for over 30 years, she recently received authorization from Pa Auk Sayadaw to teach his practice methods.

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Larry Rosenberg
Larry Rosenberg practiced Zen in Korea and Japan before coming to vipassana. He is a guiding teacher of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center and the author of Living in the Light of Death and Breath By Breath.

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Donald Rothberg
Donald Rothberg has practiced insight and metta meditation since 1976. A long-time organizer and teacher for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, he is the guiding teacher for a new Spirit Rock Meditation Center program, the Path of Engagement. He also teaches socially engaged spirituality, Buddhism, and transpersonal psychology at Saybrook Graduate School and is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World.

Talks on Dharma Seed | Talks on Audio Dharma

Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1971 and has been teaching worldwide since 1974. She is a co-founder of Insight Meditation Society and an IMS guiding teacher. She is author of The Kindness Handbook, Faith and Lovingkindness.

Talks on Dharma Seed | Talks on sharon's web site
Ashoka online course Liberating the Heart: The Brahma-Viharas

Gina Sharpe
Gina Sharpe has studied and practiced Buddhism for over 30 years, across several traditions. She co-founded New York Insight Meditation Center in 1998 and is currently part of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. She has been teaching since 1994.

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Rodney Smith
Rodney Smith has been teaching insight meditation since 1984. He is the founding and guiding teacher for the Seattle Insight Meditation Society. He is a former Buddhist monk and worked in hospice care for 17 years. He authored Lessons From the Dying.

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Ajahn Sucitto
Ajahn Sucitto was born in London. He spent three years in Thailand at Wat Kiriwong in Nakhon Sawan. He studies with Ajahn Sumedho in England for fifteen years. Since 1992 he has been the Abbot of Chithurst Buddhist Monastery in the south of England. He is author and illustrator of The Dawn of the Dhamma: Illuminations from the Buddha's First Discourse.

Talks on Dharma Seed | Talks on Chithurst Monastery

Ajahn Sumedho
Luang Por Ajahn Sumedho (Robert Jackman) is the most senior representative of the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism in the West. He has been an ordained bhikkhu for 40 years and a seminal figure in the transmission of the Buddhadhamma to the West. He is currently the abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in the United Kingdom

Talks on Dharma Seed | Talks on Amaravati

Sayadaw U Tejaniya
Sayadaw U Tejaniya began his Buddhist training as a young teenager in Burma under the late Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw (1913–2002). Twelve years ago, following life as a householder with a business career, he ordained as a monk. He teaches meditation at Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya in Rangoon, Burma.

Christopher Titmuss
Christopher Titmuss, a former Theravada Buddhist monk, is an Insight Meditation meditation instructor residing in Totnes, Devon, United Kingdom. He is a co-founder of Gaia House in Devon, England. He is the founder and director of the Dharma Facilitators Programme and the Living Dharma programme, an online mentor programme for Dharma practitioners. He is the author of numerous books including Light on Enlightenment, An Awakened Life and Transforming Our Terror.

Talks on Dharma Seed

Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson began meditation practice in 197 and was a Buddhist nun in Thailand. She has studied with a variety of teachers in Asia and the West. An IMS guiding teacher, she has been offering vipassana and metta retreats around the world since 1986.

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