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 (see calendar here).    Two of them are co-authors of the The Mind Illuminated.

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



  • This select group has been participating in an on-going program of intensive study. They are all dedicated practitioners. Most have experience in other traditions, and some were already teaching before being invited to join the Dharma Treasure Teacher Training program.

    These are experienced meditators who are knowledgeable in the samatha-vipassana (tranquility and insight) method at the core of our Dharma Treasure tradition. You can feel completely confident asking these teachers specific questions about your own meditation practice, as well as general questions about meditation. Many are also knowledgeable in the Dharma, and some are quite accomplished. If one doesn’t feel capable of responding to a particular question, they can call on me and their peers for assistance in helping you.

    I invite you to take full advantage of the collective wisdom and experience this dedicated group of people has to offer.

    In Joy & Service,


    [If you’d like to apply for the next round of the teacher training, the application period is open now and closes on August 20, 2016.  Follow this link for more information.]


    Dr. Mark Pirtle – Tucson, Arizona, USA


    Dr. Mark Pirtle is a pioneer in integral thinking in stress relief and recovery. He is a clinician, author, public speaker, filmmaker, and true “innerpreneur.” He connects the dots between science, wellness, and spirituality. Pirtle tirelessly updates his understanding of the latest science to help others change and heal. Combining the disciplines of neuroscience, living systems theory, and mindfulness meditation, he developed an evidence-based program for people suffering from stress-related conditions called SkillfullyAware®.

    Mark teaches meditation and mindfulness to empower his clients to work through stress-related patterns including depression, anxiety, addictions, chronic pain and more. Mark is currently producing a full-length documentary—Is Your Story Making You Sick?—scheduled for theatrical release in the fall of 2018.

    Matthew Immergut – Purchase, NY and Woodstock NY

    Matthew Immergut, PhD. works as a professor of sociology at Purchase College, SUNY. He is also the second author of The Mind Illuminated and a long time student of Culadasa.


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 has organized a sangha in Portland for The Mind Illuminated which meets every other Tuesday 6:30 to 8:00 pm. For more information on joining the sangha, please contact her.

Emyo Seien Darlene Tataryn, PhD – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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

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.

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Josh Geller – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Meshe Mooette – Vancouver, BC, Canada

Chris Gagné (Upasaka Nandaka) – San Francisco CA

Babette Haemmerle – Berlin, Germany

Christine Allen – Winchester, MA

Nick Cavanaugh – Burlington, VT

Chloë Bregman – San Francisco, CA

Michael Dunn – Southeast Arizona

Jeremy Graves – Los Angeles, CA

Nick Grabovac – Vancouver, BC, Canada

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.

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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

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