He owned and operated two San Francisco restaurants from 1985 until retirement in 2009. He leads an on-going weekly meditation group in San Francisco and is the guiding teacher for the LGBTQueer Sangha at IMC. He was a Zen Hospice Project volunteer for 20 years, and has been a Peninsula Hospital volunteer chaplain from 2002 to the present. Our mind can easily get caught up in what is missing in our life - love, a role, peace of mind, children, success, intimacy, fulfilment and more. Matthew Brensilver, PhD, is a member of the Guiding Teachers Executive Committee and the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Her teaching is gentle, supportive, and sensitive to individual abilities. Open to all. She is a retired chiropractor. It is exciting and inspiring. Teacher Training Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. The day will include a talk on the theme, inquiry and questions and answers. is a Dharma teacher in the Buddhist tradition of Insight Meditation. She completed a Ph.D. in the Humanities at Stanford University in 2009; she is also a graduate of the Sati Center Chaplaincy Training Program, and of the Dharma Mentoring Training Program taught by Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella. Currently, bruni is in the IMC Local Dharma Leaders and the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society (IMS) Teacher Training Programs. Hilary is a recent graduate of the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, and a graduate of the Chaplaincy Program through the Sati Center, applying both in her work as a grief counselor with Kara in Palo Alto. If you are interested please contact one of the teachers. IMS’s Annual Appeal—Generosity in Extraordinary Times, Insight Meditation Centers and Communities. Robert Cusick is a long time student of Gil Fronsdal. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. A group of senior teachers, known as the Guiding Teachers, provides regular guidance and direction for both centers. These cookies do not store any personal information. This is a professional training program to support those who want to teach meditation, mindfulness and compassion aligned with the deep wisdom teachings of the Buddha. The two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach is a thorough training in mindfulness, lovingkindness, and compassion for those who want to teach. All Skype sessions must be scheduled in advance using the email or phone number located on this page. The MTTC offers a residential and online training. Gil is the founding teacher, and a co-guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California and the Insight Retreat Center in Santa Cruz, California. Nikki has straddled the worlds of Dharma & technology as an Artificial Intelligence scientist for decades. Maria serves as IMC Audiodharma Online Courses Coordinator/Teacher, and on its Karuna Council; she is a Spirit Rock Buddhist Ritual Minister. Jennifer has served as a chaplain/volunteer chaplain since 2010 at Bay Area Hospitals including Sequoia Hospital, San Francisco General and Mills Peninsula Hospital. This Teacher Certification Program through the Awareness Training Institute has been in the making for over 30 years. Narayan Helen Liebenson It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. Copyright © 2020 Insight Meditation Society. May all beings live with insight and wisdom. He has had a dedicated practice while being engaged in the working world and emphasizes practice for daily life. Insight meditation (vipassana) is a central part of this tradition. He has been teaching since 1990. Course language German and English. They determine IMS’s annual retreat programming as well as the selection of retreat teachers. Joseph Goldstein During one long practice period in Burma, she ordained as a nun with Sayadaw U Janaka. She is a graduate  of the SRMC Community Dharma Leaders Program and the Sati Center  Chaplaincy Training. Today, this lineage is found throughout many parts of Southeast Asia. Andrea is also on the Governing Teachers Council at Spirit Rock, and she teaches residential retreats for IMC and other retreat centers around the country. 4. Carol Wilson. Christopher Titmuss, a senior Dharma teacher in the West, offers retreats, pilgrimages and leads Dharma events worldwide. She currently serves as IMC Program Director. The first step is to let us know of your intention to embark on this journey with us, We will support you to align with one or more senior Insight Meditation Dharma teachers/mentors, You will receive a list of Pali cannon suttas that will form the core of your dharma study focus, A program of study with a teacher will be suggested. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. Wise action gives support to people, animals and environment. As a psychotherapist, she uses mindfulness and other Buddhist principles in her work with people. Ajahn Chah from Thailand, Dipa Ma and Anagarika Munindra from India, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Insight Meditation Institute offers the following pathway for those wanting to embark on becoming Insight Meditation Dharma teachers. There are no fees for any services offered.  This site and the services offered are supported only by, Library of works valuable to practice in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Andrea Castillo, born in Mexico City, has practiced Insight Meditation since 1998 under the guidance of Gil Fronsdal. She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Program. The meditation starts at 9:25 and the 30-minute talk starts at 10:00. Especially in these times, we feel that diversity in the preparation of future Dharma teachers for leadership is even more relevant and indispensable to our collective awakening from suffering and delusion.”, ©2020 Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center  PO Box 169, Woodacre, CA 94973, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Spirit Rock, Extended Multiday Non-Residential Retreats, Awaken to Your Buddha Nature - Jack Kornfield, Sitting Groups Led by Spirit Rock Teachers, Sitting Groups Led by Community Dharma Leaders, Sitting Groups with Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders. Senior teachers from Asia continue to visit and offer teachings at both centers. He also completed the SRMC/IMS/IRC 4-year teacher training in 2016. Winnie Nazarko Matthew is currently a participant in the four-year Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program, where he studies with renowned teachers including Joseph Goldstein. Ying has a Ph.D in computer science and worked in technology companies for close to 20 years. Andrea is especially drawn to the wisdom teachings of the Buddha. Teacher Training Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. 5. www.MeditationinIndia.org  annual Sarnath February Retreats and other retreats... 6. www.dharmayatraworldwide.org  Annual Pilgrimage in late July in southern France. bruni dávila was born in Puerto Rico and came to the mainland in 1991. Each year, IMS hosts over 50 highly trained lay and monastic Buddhist teachers from around the world, offering meditation teachings and guidance at our Retreat Center and Forest Refuge facilities. . Terry has been teaching yoga classes and retreats at the Insight Meditation Center since 1995. Insight Online Who We Are The mission of this site is to help current or prospective insight meditation practitioners receive training and teacher guidance when a teacher is not locally available or when traveling to a teacher's location is not convenient or possible. The meditation practices taught at IMS are rooted in the Theravada tradition – the oldest surviving school of Buddhism. Kamala Masters Currently, bruni is in the IMC Local Dharma Leaders and the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society (IMS) Teacher Training Programs. David Cohn was a resident practitioner at the Zen Center of San Francisco’s three practice places, Tassajara Monastery, Green Gulch Farm, and the City Center, from 1970 to 1984, and was ordained as a priest in 1974. He serves as board chairman and consultant for the Zen Center Everyday board, overseeing Greens. The BSG offers a guide to the core teachings of the Buddha, as seen in the 150 discourses of the Middle Length Discourses  Modest registration fee.