Faculty

Core Teachers

  • Bhikkhu Anālayo
    Bhikkhu Anālayo is a German scholar-monk and the author of Satipatthāna: The Direct Path to Realization, Perspectives on Satipatthāna, and Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pāli Discourses. He is a Core Faculty Member...
  • 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...
  • Andrew Olendzki
    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...
  • Mu Soeng
    Mu Soeng is Program Director and Resident Scholar at BCBS. He trained in the (Korean) Zen tradition and was a monk for eleven years. He is the author of Thousand Peaks: Korean Zen (Tradition and Teachers);...

Visiting Teachers

  • Ajahn Thanissaro
    Ajahn Thanissaro 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...
  • Sayadaw U Jagara
    Sayadaw U Jagara is Canadian-born and has been a Theravadin monk for 35 years, primarily in Sri Lanka and Burma. He has trained and taught in the U Ba Khin as well as the...
  • Stephen Batchelor
    Stephen Batchelor travels all over the world teaching courses on Buddhism and leading meditation retreats. He is a guiding teacher at Gaia House and translator and author of various books and articles including the...
  • Leigh Brasington
    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...
  • Robert Chodo Campbell
    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. Chodo is part of the core faculty for the...
  • Shaila Catherine
    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:...
  • David Chernikoff
    David Chernikoff, MDiv, LCSW, is a meditation teacher, spiritual counselor, and psychotherapist who taught psychology and meditation at Naropa University for many years. In the early 1980s, he worked at Ram Dass’s Hanuman Foundation...
  • Megan Cowan
    Megan Cowan started her training in Theravada Buddhism in 1996, spending many years in intensive silent meditation retreats. She was also ordained for two and a half years as a Buddhist nun in the...
  • Jake Davis
    Jake Davis began practicing at age 14 at the Young Adults Retreat at IMS, and went on to spend nearly a decade practicing, studying Pali Buddhist texts, working as an interpreter, and training as...
  • William Edelglass
    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...
  • Koshin Paley Ellison
    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. Koshin leads the Buddhist Track in the...
  • Julie Forsyth
    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...
  • Chris Germer
    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...
  • Joseph Goldstein
    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...
  • Chip Hartranft
    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...
  • Wendy Hasenkamp
    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,...
  • Chris Ives
    Christopher Ives, PhD, 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...
  • Arnie Kozak
    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...
  • Gregory Kramer
    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...
  • David Loy
    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...
  • John Makransky
    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...
  • Willa Miller
    Willa Miller, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher, scholar, and translator. She has trained in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition since 1987 in both monastic and academic contexts and was authorized as a lama in 1999...
  • Bill Morgan
    Bill Morgan, PsyD, 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...
  • Susan Morgan
    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...
  • Bob Morrison
    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...
  • DaeJa Napier
    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...
  • Winnie Nazarko
    Winnie Nazarko started dharma practice 30 years ago, asking, "Why does there have to be suffering in the world?" She teaches to help individuals realize their full potential for clarity, balance, kindness, and wisdom.
  • Roshi Pat O’Hara
    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...
  • John Peacock
    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...
  • Jason Siff
    Jason Siff, formerly 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...
  • Oren Sofer
    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...
  • Mark Unno
    Mark Unno, PhD, is the Thomas F. Herman Distinguished Teaching Award associate professor of East Asian Buddhism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Oregon. He is also an ordained Shin...
  • William Waldron
    William Waldron 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...
  • Akincano Weber
    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...
  • Lila Kate Wheeler
    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...
  • Christopher Willard
    Christopher Willard, PsyD, 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 regularly...