Teachings offered by Upasaka Culadasa

Teachers & 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.


  • Christine Allen, Winchester, MA
  • Blake Barton, Tucson, AZ
  • Oliver Bray, Manchester, UK
  • Chloë Bregman, San Francisco, CA
  • Lesley Blaker, Farnham, Surry, UK
  • Nick Cavanaugh, Burlington, VT
  • Robin Craig, Arizona, USA
  • Dr. John Darwin, Sheffield, UK
  • Salina Diioro, Takoma Park, MD
  • Terry Dushenko, Hermosa Beach, CA
  • Michael Dunn, SE Arizona
  • Paulin Elley, Paris, France
  • Jesse Fallon, Cape Ann, MA
  • Jaki Fisher,  Singapore & Australia
  • Roberta Funck, Ven. Kunga, Arizona, USA
  • Chris Gagné (Upasaka Nandaka), San Francisco, CA
  • Ivan Ganza, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Josh Geller, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • Anna Geller, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • Jeremy Graves, Tucson, AZ 
  • Nick Grabovac, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Offers several online programs
  • Babette Haemmerle, Berlin, Germany
  • Nick Hay,  San Francisco, CA
  • Jordan Hill, Arizona, USA
  • Mary Hill, Portland, OR
  • Matthew Immergut,  Woodstock, NY and Purchase, NY
  • Tom Kennedy, Bellbowrie, Australia
  • Jon Krop, Brooklyn, NY
  • Andrea Lemon, Brattleboro, VT
  • Ted Lemon, Brattleboro, VT
  • Chukyi Annie Lindsey, Brattleboro, VT
  • Darin McFadyen, California, USA
  • Mimi Moncier, San Francisco, CA
  • Brett Monzel, San Francisco, CA
  • Terry Moody, Portland, OR
  • Meshe Mooette, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Jasen Murray, Oakland, CA
  • Henrik Norberg, Berkeley, CA
  • Angelica Ortiz, Chicago, IL
  • JJ Peltier, Paris, France
  • Paul Peterson, Chattanooga, TN
  • Dr. Mark Pirtle, Tucson, AZ
  • Judith Ring, Boston, MA – Northshore
  • Gabriel Rocheleau, Rockport, MA
  • David Schultz, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Jessica Seacrest, Tucson, AZ
  • Andrew Sherbrooke, Seattle, WA
  • Eve Smith, Brooklyn, NY
  • Terje Sparby, Berlin, Germany
  • Candace Strange, Cincinatti, OH
  • Douglas Tataryn, PhD – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Emyo Seien Darlene Tataryn, PhD – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Hoji Alexandra Tataryn, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Nick Van Kleeck, Arizona, USA
  • Colleen Vaughn, Knoxville, TN
  • Cliff Wallshein, New York, NY
  • Jordan Wiley-Hill, Tucson, AZ
  • Jeffrey Woolley, Glendale, AZ


    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,

    Culadasa

     


    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 Vipassana 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 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.

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

    Other 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. She became a student of other accomplished and valued teachers in the Tibetan Karma Kagyu Namgyal Universalist lineage in Canada. Darlene (Karma Dorje) is of dual lineage, having been ordained in 2014 as a Zen Priest (Emyo Seien – Gift of Clarity/ Pure Circle) by 83rd Zen Patriarch Jun Po Denis Kelly into the Rinzai Zen Hollow Bones Order. As a Mondo Zen Facilitator, she works with Koans relevant to the psycho-spiritual needs of our Western mind and culture and weaves Integral Theory into her life and practice and teachings.

    Darlene is a Mind Illuminated teacher-in-training with Culadasa (Dr. John Yates) and has been a resident teacher at Dharma Treasure in Cochise Stronghold, AZ. Darlene is regularly invited to teach at the Dharma Fellowship Practice Centre, a beautiful rustic Hermitage on Denman Island, and varied locations in the Manitoba, Canada, Interlake region. Darlene’s extensive expertise and training in psycho-therapeutic practices and embodied expressive arts provide her students the opportunity for a more direct and less tumultuous unfolding into equanimity, bliss, and beyond.


    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.


    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

    Upasaka Nandaka is an Agile Coach and meditation teacher in San Francisco, CA. He has been practicing meditation in The Mind Illuminated tradition since 2013 and took Upasaka vows with Culadasa in 2016. Nandaka runs the Bay Area Pragmatic Dharma Sangha and invites you to join in!


    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


    Chloë has spent 20+ studying yoga, psychology, meditation, shamanism and various spiritual traditions. She is a meditation teacher in training under John Yate’s (Culadasa) and a yoga asana teacher in the Kuala Tantra tradition of Bhagavan Shanmukha Anantha Natha. Since 2015, she has lead the Rimé Kalachakra bay area sangha focused on the Tibetan vajrayana buddhist Jonang-Kalachakra tradition under the guidance of Shar Khentrul Rinpoche. Chloë is immensely grateful for her teachers whose kindness is beyond compare from whom she has received teachings, empowerments and transmission including Segyu Chopel Rinpoche, Khentrul Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the Dalai Lama, the Karmapa, and Swami Shankarananda Giri.

     


    Michael Dunn – Southeast Arizona

     

     


    Jeremy Graves – Tucson, AZ


    Guidance Offered

    Jeremy provides individual and group meetings both in-person and online. Meditators describe his one-on-one style as clear, compassionate, engaged, and systematic but flexible, balancing “head” with “heart.” He is comfortable working with beginning to advanced meditators.

    You can reach him at his email
    Or visit his YouTube channel

    About

    Along with Culadasa (John Yates, Ph.D.) and Matthew Immergut, Ph.D., Jeremy Graves is an author of the bestselling meditation manual The Mind Illuminated. He has studied Buddhist meditation for over a decade in both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions, and has accumulated more than two years of combined retreat experience. He was certified to teach by Culadasa after completing the four-year Dharma Treasure teacher-training program.

    Jeremy has also practiced extensively in the Mahasi tradition of dry vipassana, and in the Goenka/U Ba Khin style of practice. In addition, he has pursued Western depth psychology and psychoanalytic forms of healing and integration. As a writer, poet, and community volunteer, he is interested in the intersection of dharma practice with culture, and in how the Buddha’s teachings can help heal social ills.

    Jeremy has taught meditation and mindfulness at such venues as Amazon, Tucson Community Meditation Center, Shambhala Mountain Center, Inner Way LA, and at Consciousness Hacking seminars in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Currently, he is an instructor, along with Eve Smith and Blake Barton, of the Dharma Treasure Dedicated Practitioners Course, an eight-month-long online course covering dharma teachings and the meditative training outlined in The Mind Illuminated.

     


    Eve Smith – Brooklyn, NY

    Eve believes that understanding the mind is the key to empathy and skillful practice. A mediator and yogi for over 15 years, she has logged a total of seven months in retreat. In 2018, she completed Culadasa’s four-year teacher training program, co-developed the Dharma Treasure Dedicated Practitioners Course with Jeremy Graves and Blake Barton, and joined the board of Culadasa’s nonprofit, Dharma Treasure, Inc.

    Over the past ten years, she has worked with hundreds of students, integrating meditative and yogic practices to support people on their path. She has taught meditation at the New York Insight Meditation Center, the Three Jewels, and various corporate wellness programs. Having studied both Iyengar and Ashtanga, her yoga classes combine breath and structured movement for a rich, slow flow.

    Along the way, 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. She has a big, wild family, speaks fluent Spanish, volunteers with immigration organizations, and has dreams of goats and horses. She is constantly looking to align practice and life, and blur the lines between the two.

    You can reach Eve at her email
    Or visit her website: Sit with Eve

     


    Tom Kennedy – Bellbowrie, Australia

    Tom has been teaching The Mind Illuminated methodology and has completed three years of the Teaching Training program under Culadasa’s supervision.

    Like many today who are drawn to the convergence of psychology, neuroscience and ancient spiritual wisdom, Tom is curious, skeptical and disciplined. A global nomad since birth, Tom practiced law for twenty years, including time as in-house counsel with a multinational, raising two children with his wife while on the road.

    Tom now teaches law part-time and is a crisis counselor with Lifeline Australia, committed to the vision of an Australia free of suicide. Tom is setting up a retreat centre in the Australian bush to support people who wish to get off grid and take part in safe, self-directed practice, immersed in a vast, dynamic and life-affirming natural environment.

    Tom’s teaching style is compatible with those who are comfortable taking responsibility for their own progress towards living an engaged, awakened life.

    “Culadasa’s precise, no-nonsense terminology appealed to my way of thinking, empowering me to take charge of my journey. I handed back the keys to the bus, literally, and started walking again. I’ll be delighted to meet you on the road.”

     


    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. 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.

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

    More information about the online group can be found at:

    For 1:1 sessions you can reach Nick at:

     


    Henrik Norberg – Berkeley, CA

    With a background in Japanese Tendai, Korean Seon, and the Thai forest tradition, I find it interesting to explore the Dharma from multiple perspectives.

    I love long-distance walking meditation; I casually flirt with magic, and have a serious crush on Samatha. I value humor, simplicity, and authenticity, and I have a bottomless curiosity about the experience of ….”this”.
    I consider my self a religious Buddhist but have an agnostic stance on several metaphysical subjects.

    You can reach Henrik at his email

     


    Judith Ring – Boston, MA – Northshore

    Judith has many years’ experience as a secular teacher and teacher trainer, having taught writing, literature and cultural studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She taught meditation for 6 years before joining The Mind Illuminated Teacher Training program in 2016. In October 2018, she served as Resident Teacher at Dharma Treasure Retreat Center in Cochise Stronghold, AZ.

    For the last several years she has primarily worked one-on-one with meditators. The Mind Illuminated has been Judith’s primary practice since 2011. Before that, she practiced meditation in a number of different styles, including a Mahasi-based insight style and a Tibetan Buddhist lineage which included meditations based on visualization and mantra. Metta was her primary practice for a 7-year period during the 1990s.

    Whether working one-on-one or in groups, Judith has become adept at facilitating learning environments in which participants co-create knowledge and meaning. She enjoys helping meditators explore the nuances of The Mind Illuminated and learn to rejoice in where they are in personal practice and investigate ways to further their practice. She has worked with meditators from Stages 1 through 6 and feels confident in working with others through Stage 8.

     

     


    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 had the privilege of joining the teacher training myself. 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.

     

     


    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. He specializes in working with beginners in stages 1-4, and those with spontaneous movements and the side effects of piti. He also works with those with ADHD, and difficulties stabilizing attention. As of October 2018, he is not taking on new students due to time limitations.

     

    He may be contacted at his email address below.


    Jon Krop – Brooklyn, NY

     


     

    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:


    Gabriel Rocheleau – Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Gabriel has been practicing meditation for more than 10 years. He started meditating as a teen while exploring lucid dreams and his interest for meditation kept growing over time. Before encountering Culadasa’s teachings in 2015, Gabriel practiced in the Goenka, the Mahasi and the Pa Auk traditions.

    I see meditation as mind-training. I teach and practice meditation pragmatically, meaning that I am concerned with what actually works, regardless of which tradition or belief-system a practice comes from. I mainly teach using Culadasa’s Samatha-Vipassana (concentration + insight) method outlined in The Mind Illuminated, since it is the most effective and comprehensive method I’ve encountered. I can also draw from my experience in other traditions when useful.

    My wish to teach meditation stems from the benefits I’ve personally received from it. Meditation is, by far, the most important thing I’ve learned. I feel extremely fortunate to have stumbled on these kinds of practices early on (at the age of 14). My practice continues to satisfy a profound desire for truth in a way nothing else could. The mundane and “supramundane” insights induced by meditation have brought me immense benefits, and I can’t imagine going back to my old way of seeing the world.

    I would be deeply honored to help you establish a meditation practice and get similar benefits. Whether you’re interested in “awakening” or stress-reduction, I would like to provide you the tools necessary to improve your life by training your mind.

    On a more global level, I firmly believe that the only way to make a difference in this world is to change the people who make it up. I’ve seen the practice of meditation literally transform myself and others, and I want to help others discover and develop this wonderful practice.

    I teach both online and offline and fluently speak French and English.


    Oliver Bray – Manchester, UK

    I was lucky enough to discover meditation when I was 14, and quickly fell in love with it. I attended my first meditation retreat when I was 17, and since then have attended multiple retreats every year, including a month-long solitary retreat in the highlands of Scotland, and three months in Gyokuryuji; a Zen temple in Japan. I studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford and wrote my final dissertation on the role of mindfulness in the treatment of depression, supervised by Professor David M. Clarke.

    I completed the Zenways Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher Training Course with Barbara Jikai Gabrys Roshi in 2015, and am currently half-way through the Breathworks mindfulness teacher training programme, which I began in 2017.

    I read The Mind Illuminated in 2016, and I became extremely enthusiastic when it precipitated an immediate and profound effect on my own meditation practice. I was delighted and extremely grateful for the opportunity to train with Culadasa, which I began in early 2018, and to join the thriving and ever-fascinating Dharma Treasure community.
    I am currently working for Breathworks as their marketing assistant, trying to help share the transformative power of meditation and mindfulness with those suffering from chronic pain and other health conditions. I am especially interested in the emerging neuroscience of mindfulness and meditation, and their applications to clinical psychology. In my spare time I enjoy yoga, reading Stoic philosophy, wood carving, and eating peanut butter.


    Mimi Moncier – San Francisco, CA

    Mimi joyfully teaches meditation, yoga and yantra painting in San Francisco and also offers online classes.
    She has been meditating since 2004 and teaching beginners the Shamatha-Vipassana technique from Culadasa’s The Mind Illuminated since 2016. Her training with Culadasa began formally in 2016 on a meditation retreat at Cochise Stronghold and she entered the teacher training program in early 2018. Yantra painting and art making as meditative processes are part of her personal practices that she also shares in the form of workshops.

    Mimi began practicing Yoga in 1990 and she teaches her students through the lens of meditation with an emphasis on the energetic body. Whether it is a vinyasa, yin or restorative class, she will be leading you through with your peripheral awareness bright and your attention focused 🙂

    The five aggregates entitled Mimi also like to make art, dance, hike and garden!


    Andrew Sherbrooke – Seattle, WA

    Andrew has been studying and practicing meditation for over 30 years in various traditions, including Zen, Burmese Theravada, Tibetan, and Hindu paths. With many months of silent retreat experience, he found it challenging to sit as deeply during daily practice at home, and to see the sort of development characteristic of lengthy retreats. The Mind Illuminated has provided that opportunity. Its comprehensive model of mental development, and skillful means for each stage of the path, make steady meditative development accessible to all diligent householders.

    As a teacher-in-training with Upasaka Culadasa, Andrew’s specialty is working with students to stabilize attention in daily practice; overcoming mind-wandering and forgetting, and increasing the clarity and depth of meditation. Andrew offers “meditation coaching and debugging” via telephone or video-based calls, and also leads meditation support groups. He works closely with students, via discussion and inquiry, to unravel their unique obstacles to practice, and opportunities for further unfoldment.

    Andrew has also been a student of the Diamond Approach since 2011, a contemporary spiritual path with a unique understanding of spiritual inquiry.

    Andrew can be reached through his website, or via email.


    Terry Moody – Portland, Oregon

    Terry has been studying yoga, psychology, and meditation through several traditions for over 20 years, with her first introduction to meditation in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. She then dedicated many years to studying Vedic and Advaita Vedanta philosophies, Sudarshan Kriya, and Sahaj Samadhi (Transcendental) meditation, largely through a devotional approach.

    Terry returned to Buddhism and Samatha-Vipassana meditation and has been a student of Culadasa for over 10 years. She started The Mind Illuminated teacher training program in October of 2016. The contrasting traditions in her history are best summed up by a beloved quote of Culadasa and his students by the non-dualist teacher, Nisargadatta Maharaj:

    “Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. Between the two, my life flows.”

    Terry is available for one-on-one mentoring sessions. Contact her via:

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