Blake Barton – Blake Barton is one of the first graduates of Culadasa’s intensive four-year teacher training program for The Mind Illuminated. A dharma practitioner since 2001, he studied closely with Culadasa for over a decade. For the last 19 years, he has practiced the philosophy and lifestyle of voluntary simplicity, which allowed him to retire early and dedicate his life to spiritual practice and service. Blake has served on nonprofit Boards since 2007. He was on the original Board of Dharma Treasure and has currently served for about 2 years. Blake is currently the Executive Director of Tucson Community Meditation Center.

Daniel Choi – Daniel has participated in the Teacher Training program as a member of the Passadhi cohort. He comes to us from New Jersey, where he is a lecturer in the writing program at Princeton University. His interest and experience lie in educational program development and strategy as well as building strong community partnerships. He is a TMI meditator and has also taken precepts in a Korean Zen order.

Dmitriy Yepishin – For the past two years, Dmitriy has been the president of Inner Way LA, a community Spiritual Center on the westside of Los Angeles. He has extensive experience serving on both nonprofit and corporate boards. His practice background includes TMI, Mahasi style Vipassana, Tibetan Buddhist, and somatic practices – most especially authentic movement. He also spent three years in Orthodox Jewish Seminary in his youth.

Eve Smith  – Eve has worked as a strategy director at a creative agency in New York, started her own consulting practice, and taught branding and communications at Parsons. A meditator and yogi for over 15 years, she also completed Culadasa’s Teacher Training program and co-developed the Dedicated Practitioners Course (DPC) with Jeremy Graves and Blake Barton. She has taught meditation at the New York Insight Meditation Center, the Three Jewels, and various corporate wellness programs.

Greg Smith – Greg hails from Kansas and is an alumnus of the Dedicated Practitioners Course. He is a professor of psychology at Newman University and has extensive experience working collaboratively on strategic planning, assessment, and educational program development. He founded and was president of the Wichita Karma Thegsum Chöling (KTC) under the auspices of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and currently continues working with the center as an educational consultant. His practice background includes TMI, Vajrayana, and Shinzen Young’s Unified Mindfulness approach.

Henrik Norberg – Henrik has been a member of the Vulture Peak Teacher Training cohort for the past three years. His practice background includes TMI, Japanese Tendai tradition, and the Theravada Thai Forest tradition. He has done extended retreats at Cochise Stronghold and has also served as a resident teacher there. As a software architect managing large teams, he brings extensive experience in program and project management, and his interests include fostering collaborative community development and participation.

Matthew Immergut – Matthew Immergut, PhD. works as a professor of sociology at Purchase College, SUNY. His main research interests revolve around new religious movements and contemporary spirituality.  He is a long time practitioner, a graduate of the first teacher training group, and the second author of The Mind Illuminated.

Paulin Elley – Paulin has been a member of the Bodhgaya Teacher Training cohort for the past three years. He has spent considerable time at the retreat center in Cochise Stronghold and has made significant contributions to the community through his work upgrading Dharma Treasure’s online presence, archiving audio recordings and documents, and researching various themes in the Pali canon. In addition to TMI, his background also includes the Theravada tradition.

Salina Diiorio – Salina has been participating in the Teacher Training program as a member of the Bodhgaya cohort for the past three years. As a former management consultant specializing in organization development, strategic planning, and performance management she has helped nonprofit, government, and corporate clients define and meet their strategic goals. Her practice background includes TMI, the Theravada Thai Forest tradition, and Shinzen Young’s Unified Mindfulness approach.

Salina has also recently taken over the Interim Executive Director role from Blake Barton. Originally from the East Coast, she has relocated to Cochise Stronghold and is now the second staff member in residence at the retreat center.

Diversity Goals: A Gender-Balanced Board 

Dharma Treasure is committed to having a Board of Directors that reflects the diversity within the larger Sangha. To that end, several vacant seats on the Board are reserved for female candidates. If you or anyone you know may be interested in serving, please email

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