Teachings offered by Upasaka Culadasa

Teachers in Training

Hello everyone,

I am delighted to introduce you to the Dharma Treasure Authorized Teachers and Teachers-in-Training, who are available to answer your questions about meditation and dharma practice.

These teachers are currently online at the Dharma Treasure on-line community, leading retreats and meditation & dharma offerings in various locations. Several are currently teaching at Tucson Community Meditation Center. Two of them are co-authors of The Mind Illuminated.

Click on a Teacher’s name for more information about activities they are offering, and to contact them.



Jeffery Woolley – Glendale, Arizona

Jeff has been formally practicing mindfulness meditation since the mid 1980’s. He became a student of Samatha Vapasana and
Upasaka Culadasa in 2009. A graduate of Boston University, he has been a clinical social worker for over 30 years. He also enjoys the art of Aikido. He is currently working full time as a psychotherapist and teaching two mindfulness graduate courses at ASU School of Social Work. In addition, he facilitates a mindfulness support sitting group at Jiyshinryu Akido. He is happily married and blessed with four grown children and two grandchildren.

Phone: 602-425-0569


Mary Hill – Portland, Oregon

Mary is teaching Introduction to “The Mind Illuminated” classes in Portland, OR. She is also available for one to one consultations with students of The Mind Illuminated for $30 per hour or $15 for a 30 minute session in person, or on google hangouts or skype. For more information on either of these services, please contact her.

Hoji Alexandra Tataryn – Vancouver, BC, Canada

ALEXANDRA works as an actor, artist and workshop facilitator across Canada. She weaves together her experience in the arts, theatre and circling into insightful, energetic and meaningful facilitation.

Along with her training in The Mind Illuminated, Alexandra (Hoji) is a student of Zen and Tibetan Meditation Practice. She is also experienced in Theatre, Developmental Movement practices and Bio-Emotive Focusing and Circling. She loves Integral Theory, Human Development, and Subtle Space Awareness Practices. She has 5+ years of working in the foster-care system, and was the Executive Director of Frame Projects Inc., a non-profit dedicated to bringing art to low-income neighbourhoods. Working in these systems has given her great insight into the complexity of the systems of our culture, and it motivates her even more to make healing-arts and awakening practices more accessible to all.

Applied Counselling Certificate, Red River College (Honors)
Expressive Arts Facilitation, WHEAT Institute
Kundalini Yoga Instructor

Other Training Training Includes:
Attachment Theory
Theatre For Living
Authentic Relating, Circling
Canada’s National Voice Intensive
Countless Acting, Writing, Directing workshops

Ali will be offering an online introduction to Meditation (using the mind illuminated and drawing from my experiences in Buddha Dharma) in the new year.

Anyone in the Vancouver or BC area, who is interested in Buddhism, movement, and healing arts, please reach out! Attend an upcoming class! I would love to connect with practitioners who are on a sincere path to awakening, so we may support and inspire one another.

You can contact her at the email below:

Emyo Seien/ N. Darlene Tataryn, PhD – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

In 1981 Darlene stepped into Buddha Dharma as a student of Theravadin lay monk Kema Ananda, and since his passing has been a student of other valued teachers in the Karma Kagyu Namgyal lineage in Canada. In the Zen tradition she has taken Jukai and in 2014 was ordained as a Priest by 83rd Zen Patriarch Jun Po Denis Kelly into the Rinzai Zen Hollow Bones Order and given the names Emyo Seien (Gift of Clarity/ Pure Circle). Over the years Darlene has woven Integral Theory into her life and practice. Darlene is presently a TMI teacher in training with Upasaka Culadasa (John Yates). She has facilitated spiritually oriented groups and meditation programs, instructed Applied Counselling for Red River College Gimli Campus for many years and maintains a private counseling and embodiment based expressive arts and psychotherapy practice often integrating the jewels of meditative theory and practice in all aspects of therapy and education.

Douglas J. Tataryn, PhD – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    In 1976 I was fortunate enough to stumble upon an old and obscure book entitled “The Science of Breath” and established a daily practice in which I experienced a variety of deep states of meditation. It changed my life and greatly broadened my view of the nature of myself and reality. Five years of practice later, in 1981, my not-yet wife and I attended a 10-day retreat with lay monk Kama Ananda. While we have been intensely involved with other traditions and teachings since then, including the 4th Way, Raj Yoga, and Tai Chi, we have always maintained contact with the teachings and teachers of the Namgyl Ripoche stream of the Tibetan Buddhism Karma Kagyu lineage. We are honored and overjoyed to reconnect with our roots and be working directly with Culadasa, who was also a student of Kama Ananda.

    The years prior to and after my Ph.D. in 1991 included extensive study, consultation, and publishing in statistics, psychometrics, individual differences in cognitive processing and perception, the mind-body relationship, and the epidemiology of medicine.

    I have studied and taught integral theory, and have developed a version called EBIQ Integral which guides my Clinical Psychology and Life Coaching practices. I am the originator of the Bio-Emotive Framework, a powerful new way of educating and healing the emotional system. Besides one-on-one intensives, I offer a variety of educational and experiential training opportunities on my website. One of these courses, called “Emotions and Meditation”, may be of particular interest to this community.

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Lesley Blaker – Farnham, Surrey, UK

Angelica Ortiz – Chicago, IL

Dr. John Darwin – Sheffield, England

John Darwin has been running courses in Mindfulness Based Life Enhancement, Mindful Ageing and MindfullySTRONG in Sheffield and beyond since 2010. He has practised meditation in the SotoZen tradition for more than 25 years, and is an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga and QiGong. Since leaving full time employment he has been studying, practising, and teaching mindfulness. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Mindfulness Based Approaches, and a Master of Science in Mindfulness Studies. John is currently a Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Business School, and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Aberdeen [on the M.Sc. in Mindfulness Studies]. He has a particular interest in exploring fruitful links between Mindfulness Based Approaches and Samatha-Vipassana: the Practice of Tranquility and Insight.


Josh Geller – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Meshe Mooette – Vancouver, BC, Canada

Meshe’s background includes over 12 years experience in the following meditative traditions:

Vipassana as taught by Goenka
Mahayana Path, through a Gelukpa lineage (teacher: John Buchanan)
Direct Path through Dudjom Lingpa lineage (teacher: Douglas Veenhof)
Patanjali’s Yoga (through several teachers and traditions)
Guru Yoga/Bhakti Yoga through music
Mind Illuminated Teacher Training (teacher: Culadasa)
Self-Inquiry/Advaita Vedanta (through: Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj)

If you are looking for personal guidance, Meshe is available for one-on-one mentoring sessions. Contact her using the email link below:

Chris Gagné (Upasaka Nandaka) – San Francisco CA

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Babette Haemmerle – Berlin, Germany

Christine Allen – Winchester, MA

Christine has practiced meditation and studied Buddhism, primarily in the Theravada tradition,since 2004. Christine began studying The Mind Illuminated shamatha vipassana method in 2016 and felt such a strong resonance with Culadasa’s teachings that she applied to the teacher training program. She teaches meditation based on The Mind Illuminated, while also drawing on insight meditation practices, in small groups in person and online or in one on one consultations. She particularly enjoys teaching on incorporating meditation practices into daily life. Christine worked in the investment industry for over 25 years and now volunteers her time assisting the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center with its financial matters and has been a Board member there since 2013. She has a wonderful husband and two amazing (young adult) children.

Nick Cavanaugh – Burlington, VT


Chloë Bregman – San Francisco, CA



Michael Dunn – Southeast Arizona



Jeremy Graves – Los Angeles, CA



Nick Grabovac – Vancouver, BC, Canada

Nick Grabovac has been meditating for over 20 years and has been
teaching meditation online since 2011. He is currently completing a
two-year teacher training program under Culadasa’s guidance and has
been authorized to teach the Samatha-vipassana practices described
in The Mind Illuminated (TMI). He has also practiced for many
years in the dry-insight tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw and has
extensive experience with the stages of insight.

Nick’s teaching focuses on combining Culadasa’s Samatha-vipassana
approach, the jhanas and Mahasi Sayadaw’s noting practice. He
finds this combination to be an extremely powerful vehicle for both
deep insight leading to awakening, and the integration of those
insights into daily life.

Nick offers a twice-a-month online meditation group via Google
Hangouts, as well as private one-on-one teaching via

More information about the online group can be found at:


For 1:1 sessions you can reach Nick at:



Judith Ring – Rockport, MA

Judith began studying and practicing Buddhism and meditation in the late 1980s in the Theravadan tradition and, beginning in 2007, furthered her spirituality with in-depth studies in the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. She is committed to interfaith understandings through community and study and has a strong interest in Christianity and Spiritual Humanism. She offers private and group instruction in person and online and loves collaborating with others. She and Chukyi Annie Lindsey co-teach meditation online. Judith formerly taught literature and writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston.



Chukyi Annie Lindsey – Brattleboro, VT

I am a fully ordained Buddhist nun, who has studied, taught and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for over 20 years, as well as being a trained therapist and coach. I have watched Culadasa help my friends blossom in their meditation and spiritual practices for many years, and finally joined the teacher training about a year ago. I love to teach meditation and dharma, with an emphasis on weaving spirituality throughout your daily life. I believe compassion towards yourself and others, a sense of humor, gratitude, and daily practice on and off the cushion are key elements for life, love and happiness. I teach and coach online and by phone, am facilitating a Mind Illuminated study group, and will be co-leading a online meditation course with Judith Ring.



David Schultz – Calgary, Alberta, Canada



Paul Peterson – Chattanooga, Tennessee

Upasaka Upali (Paul Peterson) is a meditation instructor who specializes in working with beginning to advanced meditators. Upali’s teaching style strives to provide tangible instruction, inspire consistent practice, and create a rewarding meditation experience.

He has taught broad and diverse audiences from adult professionals seeking stress reduction to elementary students in underserved communities. He began teaching in the Southeastern United States where he would travel once a month to a Federal Prison in Virginia to talk about meditation with inmates of a prison sangha (meditation community). He later moved to South America, where he continued his teaching practice through online meditation classes with beginning meditators. Since then, his online teaching practice has expanded, which he has found to be a delightful way to connect with meditation practitioners from all over the world.

After arriving back in the United States, Upali began a local meditation Sangha in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Additionally, he became a teacher for the Mindful Schools Program where he teaches mindfulness to elementary students in underserved communities of Chattanooga. He is currently a teacher in training with Upasaka Culadasa.



Paulin Elley – Paris, France



Blake Barton – Tucson, AZ

    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 has 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 teaches at Tucson Community Meditation Center and online. Students appreciate his precise understanding of meditation and his grounded, calm, and welcoming demeanor. He enjoys helping students with their meditation practice.

He may be contacted at his email address below.




Salina Diioro – Takoma Park, MD

Darin McFayden – California, USA

Darin Mcfadyen, known professionally in the music world as FreQ Nasty, is an internationally renowned DJ and music producer, a VP at ‘physical audio’ innovator SubPac, and a trained meditation teacher.

An extensively trained meditation teacher in both the Tibetan Buddhist and Theravada traditions, he leads music-based meditation, yoga, and sound healing experiences around the globe and has become a fixture amongst North American art and music festivals, most notably Burning Man. Darin has studied the great texts of Yoga as well of those of the Tibetan Buddhist Sutra and Tantra systems. More recently, he has done retreat with and studied the teachings of Upasaka Culadasa (Professor John Yates).

Considered a pioneer of the Breakbeat and Bass music genres, he has collaborated with or written and produced for a diverse range of artists including Santigold, Bassnectar, Switch, Fatboy Slim, Professor Green, Kelis, KRS One, Roots Manuva. As an early team member at music tech startup SUBPAC, he has been a key figure in the development of the ‘Physical Audio’ technology that has revolutionized music production and the way sound is experienced in both the music and virtual reality industries.

His interdisciplinary body of work has, at its core, the conviction that music is a universal instrument of healing, connection, and a powerful catalyst for personal and collective transformation.

His current meditation classes can be accessed below:

And his Facebook livestream information is:

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