Core Faculty

Andrew Olendzki was trained in Buddhist Studies at Lancaster University in England, as well as at Harvard and the University of Sri Lanka. Formerly executive director of IMS, executive director of BCBS, editor of the Insight Journal, and senior scholar at BCBS, he is the author of Unlimiting Mind: The Radically Experiential Psychology of Buddhism. Here is Andy’s website.

Mu Soeng

Mu Soeng is the study center’s program director and resident scholar. He trained in the (Korean) Zen tradition and was a monk for eleven years. He is the author ofThousand Peaks: Korean Zen (Tradition and Teachers); The Diamond Sutra: Transforming the Way We Perceive the World; Trust in Mind: The Rebellion of Chinese Zen; and the recently published The Heart of the Universe: Exploring the Heart Sutra.

Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia

Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia has been a Dhamma teacher since 1990. She is a student of the western forest sangha, the disciples of Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Chah, and is a Lay Buddhist Minister in association with Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California. She served as resident teacher of IMS in Barre, Massachusetts from 1996 through 1999.

Bhikkhu Analayo

Bhikkhu Anālayo is a German scholar-monk and the author of Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization for which he received his PhD from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. He is a professor at the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg and a researcher at the Dharma Drum Buddhist College in Taiwan. He studies Buddhist texts in Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan; his current research interests focus on a comparative study of the Pali Nikayas and Chinese Agamas, with a special interest in the topics of Buddhist meditation and the role of women in Buddhism. Information about his teaching is available here:
Bhikkhu Anālayo on Wikipedia.

Visiting Faculty

Martine Batchelor was a Zen Buddhist nun in Korea for ten years. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide. She is the author of The Path of Compassion and Women in Korean Zen: Lives and Practices. Her latest book is Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits.

Stephen Batchelor was a monk for ten years in the Tibetan and Korean Zen traditions. He teaches meditation and Buddhism worldwide and is the author of many books, including Buddhism without Beliefs, Living with the Devil and Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist. His newest book is The Everyday Sublime.

Leigh Brasington has been practicing meditation since 1985 and is the senior American student of the late Ven. Ayya Khema. Leigh began assisting Ven. Ayya Khemma in 1994, and was authorized to teach in 1997. He teaches in Europe and North America. Find more about Leigh’s teaching and schedule at

Robert Chodo Campbell, HCC, co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Buddhist organization to offer fully accredited chaplaincy training in America. He co-developed the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care Training Program. Chodo is part of the core faculty for the Buddhist Track in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling at NYZCCCC’s education partner, New York Theological Seminary. He is Co-Director of Contemplative Care Services for the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center. He wrote the chapter “The Turning of the Dharma Wheel in Its Many Forms” in The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work. He is a Senior Zen Buddhist monk, Dharma Teacher, and senior chaplain.

Shaila Catherine is the founder of Bodhi Courses (, an online Dhamma classroom, and Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley ( She authored two books on concentration and insight—Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity, and Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana. She began practicing meditation in 1980, and has dedicated more than eight years to silent retreats. Shaila has been teaching meditation internationally since 1996.

David Chernikoff, M.Div., L.C.S.W., is a meditation teacher, spiritual counselor, and licensed psychotherapist who taught psychology and meditation at Naropa University for many years. As the former director of education and training for the Spiritual Eldering Institute (now called Sage-ing International), he has taught aging and awakening programs throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada and Ireland. David is currently one of the guiding teachers of the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado ( and has a private practice in Boulder.

William Edelglass is Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Marlboro College in Vermont. He has published widely in Indian and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, environmental philosophy, and 20th-century European philosophy. He has taught in a variety of settings, including a federal prison in New York, a Tibetan refugee settlement in Nepal, and for many years as a wilderness guide at Outward Bound. Previously, William was at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala, India, where he taught Western philosophy to Tibetan monks and Buddhist philosophy to American college students on a Tibetan studies program.

Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMin, co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Buddhist organization to offer fully accredited chaplaincy training in America. He co-developed the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care Training Program. Koshin leads the Buddhist Track in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling at NYZCCCC’s education partner, New York Theological Seminary. He is the co-author of the chapter “Rituals and Resilience,” in Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience. He also wrote the chapter “The Jeweled Net: What Dogen and the Avatamsaka Sutra Can Offer Us as Spiritual Caregivers,” in The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work. He is a Senior Zen Buddhist Monk, Dharma Teacher, poet, chaplaincy supervisor and Jungian psychotherapist.

Julie Forsyth has been practicing Dzogchen meditations of compassion and wisdom with Lama John Makransky since 1995. She is a co-founder and Associate Teacher of the Foundation for Active Compassion. She is an Assistant Professor at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, serving learning disabled college students.

Paul Fulton is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Newton, Massachusetts. He is president of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He received tokudo initiation as a Zen Buddhist in 1972. He is the co-editor of the book Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.

Christopher K. Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in mindfulness- and acceptance-based treatment. He has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978 and has taken numerous journeys to India to explore the varieties of meditation. He is a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He lectures internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion, is a co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Compassion and Wisdom in Psychotherapy, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.

Joseph Goldstein is a co-founder and guiding teacher of IMS. He has been teaching vipassanā and mettā retreats worldwide since 1974. In 1989, he helped establish BCBS and, more recently, IMS’s Forest Refuge. He is the author of One Dharma, The Experience of Insight, and Insight Meditation, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom. Here is more about Joseph and his teaching schedule.

Rita M. Gross is a Buddhist scholar-practitioner who has taught and published widely about gender issues, both in Buddhism and in general.  She is Professor Emerita of Comparative Studies in Religion at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire and a lopon (senior dharma teacher) in the Mindrolling lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.  Her best known book is Buddhism after Patriarchy: A Feminist History, Analysis, and Reconstruction of Buddhism.  Her forthcoming book is Religious Diversity—What’s the Problem? Buddhist Advice for Flourishing with Religious Diversity.

Guo Gu (Jimmy Yu) is the founder and teacher of Tallahassee Chan Group as well as an Assistant Professor of Buddhist studies at Florida State University. He received inka (permission to teach Chan) from Master Sheng Yen (1930-2009) in 1995. He is the author of The Essence of Chan, and teaches Chan retreats in the US and Taiwan.

Wendy Hasenkamp, PhD, serves as senior scientific officer at the Mind & Life Institute. As a neuroscientist and a contemplative practitioner, she is interested in understanding how subjective experience is represented in the brain, and how the mind and brain can be transformed through experience and practice to enhance flourishing. Her research examines the neural correlates of meditation, with a focus on the shifts between mind wandering and attention. She has also contributed to neuroscience curriculum development, teaching, and textbook creation for the Emory University Tibet Science Initiative, which aims to integrate science into the Tibetan monastic education system in India.

Chip Hartranft is the founding director of The Arlington Center, dedicated to the integration of yoga and dharma practice, and has taught a blend of yoga movement, breathwork, and mindfulness in the Boston area since 1978. He is the author of The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali: A New Translation with Commentary.

Maria Heim is Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Religion Department at Amherst College, MA. She specializes in Pali Buddhism, and her recent book is entitled The Forerunner of All Things: Buddhaghosa on Mind, Intention, and Agency. She is currently working on a book on emotions in premodern South Asian texts.

Christopher Ives is a professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College. In his teaching and writing he focuses on modern Zen ethics, and currently he is working on Buddhist approaches to nature and environmental issues. He is the author of Zen Awakening and Society and Imperial-Way Zen: Ichikawa Hakugen’s Critique and Lingering Questions for Buddhist Ethics. Click here for more about Christopher Ives.

Sayadaw U Jagara is Canadian-born and has been a Theravadin monk for 35 years, primarily in Sri Lanka and Myanmar (Burma). He has trained and taught in the U Ba Khin as well as the Pa-Auk traditions of Myanmar (Burma), where he presently lives.

Ajahn Jayanto entered the Theravada monastic community in 1989, training as a monk under Ajahn Sumedho and others in the Ajahn Chah forest monasteries in the UK and Thailand. Normally at Amaravati Monastery in England, he is currently working to establish a branch forest monastery in in Temple, New Hampshire (near Peterborough).

Arnie Kozak, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and founder of Exquisite Mind in Burlington, Vermont, where he practices mindfulness-based psychotherapy and teaches meditation. He is the author of Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness (Wisdom Publications). Since 1985 when he took the Bodhisattva vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya, India, he has practiced meditation, yoga, and psychology. He has recently lectured in psychology for the University of Vermont and is a Clinical Instructor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Gregory Kramer has been teaching vipassanā since 1980, having been trained by Ven. Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera, Punnaji Maha Thera, and Achan Sobin Namto. He is the co-creator and developer of Insight Dialogue and teaches this practice and Dharma Contemplation worldwide. He is the founder-director of Metta Foundation and the author of Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom. His website is

David R. Loy is especially interested in the conversation between Buddhism and modernity. His books include Nonduality, Lack and Transcendance, A Buddhist History of the West, The Great Awakening, Money Sex War Karma and The World Is Made of Stories. A Zen practitioner for many years, he is qualified as a teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition.

John Makransky is a professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior academic advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre for Buddhist Studies in Nepal, guiding meditation teacher of the Foundation for Active Compassion (a socially engaged contemplative organization), and author of the popular meditation manual Awakening through Love. Having practiced Buddhism since 1978 under the guidance of his Tibetan teachers, in 2000 John was ordained a Tibetan Buddhist lama in the lineage of Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. Since then, John has been teaching meditations of innate compassion and wisdom adapted from Tibet in newly accessible ways to healthcare providers, psychotherapists, social workers, educators and social change agents. See also

Jay Michaelson holds a Ph.D from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a J.D. from Yale. He is currently a visiting scholar at Brown University, where he is an adviser to the Varieties of Meditative Experience project. Jay is affiliated with the Practical Dharma movement and the Contemplative Development Mapping Project, and has done a number of long-term Vipassana retreats in the United States and Nepal. He is the author of five books, most recently Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism and the Next Generation of Enlightenment (North Atlantic, 2013), as well as many articles in The Atlantic, Tricycle, The Daily Beast, and other publications.

Willa Miller, PhD is a Buddhist teacher, scholar and translator. She has trained in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition since the 1987, in both monastic and academic contexts, and was authorized as a lama in 1999 upon completion of six and a half years of silent retreat and intensive study. She is the founder and spiritual director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH, and is also currently Visiting Lecturer on Buddhist Ministry at Harvard Divinity School. Her books include Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You (Quest Books), and The Arts of Contemplative Care (Wisdom Publications). She has also written for Buddhadharma, Journal of the International Association for Buddhist Studies and other journals.

Jack Millett, M.A.T., has practiced vipassanā meditation since 1990 and has been teaching at Vermont Insight Meditation Center since 2005. He a Co-Founder of The Center for Mindful Inquiry and former Associate Professor at the School for International Training specializing in teacher education, supervision, and mentory.

Lynette Monteiro is a clinical psychologist and director of professional training at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic in Ottawa Canada. Born in Burma, she is a Zen practitioner, leads Sangha Arana, and is the coordinator of the Buddhist spiritual care volunteer team at The Ottawa Hospital. She is author of the blog 108 Zen Books and co-author of Mindfulness Starts Here.

Bill Morgan, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. He has participated in many intensive retreats in meditation practice over the past 40 years, and recently completed a four-year meditation retreat at the Forest Refuge in Barre, MA. Together with Susan Morgan, he has been leading mindfulness retreats for 15 years.

Susan Morgan, CNS is a psychotherapist in Cambridge, MA. She is a board and faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Susan has a longstanding meditation practice and recently completed a four-year meditation retreat at the Forest Refuge. She has been leading retreats, primarily for caregivers, for the last 15 years. Lovingkindness and mindfulness of the body are integral to her teaching.

Bob Morrison has been studying and practicing with teachers in the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism since 1994. He is a guiding teacher with Foundation for Active Compassion, sharing Tibetan-based practices of compassion and wisdom, and a meditation teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship, where he also mentors students in year-long meditation training programs. As a cancer survivor, his special interests include embracing the challenges of life-threatening illness as spiritual opportunities.

Frank Musten is a clinical and industrial-organizational psychologist. Director of the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic in Ottawa Canada, he teaches mindfulness & ethics as a way of resolving burn out. He practices as a Secular Buddhist, leads Sangha Arana, and is co-author of Mindfulness Starts Here.

DaeJa Napier has been teaching vipassanā meditation in combination with the cultivation of the four brahma-vihāras for the last thirty years. She has trained in the Zen and vipassanā traditions with both Asian and Western teachers. Her emphasis has been on the cultivation of formal and informal practice in everyday life while she raised five children over the last forty years.

Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara is the abbot of the Village Zendo in Manhattan. She is a Soto Zen Priest and certified Zen Teacher in Maezumi Roshi’s White Plum lineage. She holds a Ph.D. in Media Ecology, and taught at NYU for twenty years.

John Peacock, an academic and meditation teacher for 25 years, currently teaches Buddhist studies and Indian religions at the University of Bristol. He is the Guiding Teacher of Sharpham Centre for Contemporary Buddhist Inquiry in England.

Lee Robbins, PhD, has been a student of the Dharma at IMS and BCBS since 1993. She is on the faculty of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University where she teaches interdisciplinary seminars in Buddhism and Psychology, Jung and Postmodern Religious Experience and the History of the Unconscious. She is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City and a teacher and supervisor of analytic candidates at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association.

Jason Siff, a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka in the late 1980’s, has been teaching meditation in the United States since 1990. He is the founding teacher of the Skillful Meditation Project in Los Angeles.

Oren J. Sofer is a teacher and practitioner of Buddhist meditation, Nonviolent Communication (NVC), and Somatics. He began practicing Dharma in 1997, and spent two years in training as an anagarika (lay monastic) in the Thai Forest Tradition. In recent years he has developed a deep interest in the relationship between the Dharma and communication. A graduate of the Bay NVC North American Leadership Training, he began teaching NVC in 2006 and has taught classes and workshops to individuals and organizations nationally. Oren is also trained and certified in Somatic Experiencing for healing trauma and is a current participant in the IMS-Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University.

Claire Stanley, Ph.D., has been a student of Buddhist meditation since 1986. She is the guiding teacher of the Vermont Insight Meditation Center. As an educator, she teaches the integration of mindfulness practices in professional contexts at the Center for Mindful Inquiry, Antioch University New England, and Union Institute and University.

Ajaan Thanissaro (Geoffrey DeGraff) has been a Theravadin monk since 1976. The abbot of Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego County, CA, he is a prolific translator of Pali texts and Thai meditation guides. He is the author, among other books, of Wings to Awakening, Mind Like Fire Unbound, and Meditations.

Mark Unno, Ph.D., is the Thomas F. Herman Distinguished Teaching Award associate professor of East Asian Buddhism in the Dept of Religious Studies at the University of Oregon. His is also an ordained Shin Buddhist priest, author of Shingon Refractions (2004), and articles on Shin and Zen Buddhism, and comparative religion. His essays are available at:

William Waldron, Ph. D. received his PhD in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin after studying extensively with native teachers in India, Nepal, and Japan. He currently teaches South Asian religions and Buddhist philosophy at Middlebury College, Vermont and at the Centre for Buddhist Studies, Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Kathmandu, Nepal. His research areas include the Yogācāra school of Indian Buddhism and comparative psychologies and philosophies of mind.

Akincano M. Weber is a Swiss scholar-practitioner, psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher. He has lived as a monastic for 20 years in the Forest monasteries of Thailand and Europe, studied Pali and scriptures and holds an M.A. in Buddhist psychotherapy. He now lives and practices in Cologne, Germany from where he teaches Dharma, Buddhist Psychology and meditation internationally. Here is more about Akincano’s teaching.

Lila Kate Wheeler began practicing mediation in 1977 and was briefly ordained as a nun in Burma in the late 1980s. She has been teaching retreats nationally since the 1990s. She is an accomplished writer of fiction, travel journalism, and personal essays. She has edited two books of talks by her Burmese teacher Sayadaw U Pandita.

Christopher Willard (Psy. D.) is a psychologist, psychotherapist and educational consultant in the Boston area specializing in mindfulness-based treatment of adolescents and young adults. He has been practicing meditation for over 15 years, and now regularly leads workshops around the world. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, where he teaches in the core faculty.  He is most recently the author of Child’s Mind, a book on teaching mindfulness practices to children and adolescents.