Born in 1972 Sayalay Daw Vimalanani carries the title Dhammacariya which qualifies her to teach the Buddhist scriptures. Since the 1990s she has been working as an interpreter and teacher for Buddhist scriptures in Myanmar and Nepal.
After many years of meditation training under the Ven. Sayadaw U Pandatitabhivamsa she started teaching Satipatthana meditation to foreign meditators in 2006. She assisted the Ven. Sayadaw U Pandatitabhivamsa at meditation courses in Myanmar, Nepal, South Korea, the United States, Malaysia, China, Taiwan and Singapore.
She has translated two works of the Pali Canon (Culanidessa, 2011 and Yamaka Pali, 2017) from the Pali into the Newar language as well as several Dhamma books from the Burmese into Newari.
The Ven. Sayalay Daw Vimalanani teaches Satipatthana meditation in the tradition of the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw in English, Newari, Burmese and Nepalese. A translation into German is planned. She demonstrates skill and compassion in leading meditators to liberating wisdom.
Andrea Fella is the co-teacher at the Insight Meditation Center and the Insight Retreat Center. She has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1996, and teaching Insight Meditation since 2003. She is particularly drawn to intensive retreat practice, and has done a number of long retreats, both in the United States and in Burma. During one long practice period in Burma, she ordained as a nun with Sayadaw U Janaka. Andrea is especially drawn to the wisdom teachings of the Buddha. Her teachings emphasize clarity and practicality. Andrea is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and teaches residential retreats for IMC and other retreat centers around the country
Annie Nugent has practiced since 1979 and was an IMS Resident Teacher, 1999-2003. Her teaching style aims to reveal how all aspects of our lives can help us come to a clear and direct understanding of the Truth.
Gina Sharpe is a founding teacher of New York Insight. She discovered the Dharma over 30 years ago and has studied and practiced in Asia and the United States. She was trained as a Retreat Teacher under the mentorship of Jack Kornfield. She teaches at Retreat Centers and meditation communities around the United States, including at a maximum security prison for women. She holds two meditation classes in Westchester County, New York.
Greg Scharf has practiced with Western and Asian teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1992, and has been teaching residential retreats since 2007. His teaching emphasizes the confluence of love and wisdom on the path to liberation. All donations offered to Greg on this website, in gratitude for making these talks freely available, will be used to support charitable projects in Burma (Myanmar).
I have two main aims in teaching. The first is to spread the dharma as widely as possible, offering it to as many different people as I can. The second is to teach a smaller number of people over sustained periods of time. This in-depth teaching engages my tremendous love for intensive, long-term meditation practice, where people can immerse themselves in the retreat experience and see how it transforms their understanding.
Although deeply rooted in the Vipassana tradition of Theravada Buddhism, I enjoy working with various skillful means from different Buddhist schools to help convey the essence of all practice, the one dharma of liberation. This essential dharma includes the wisdom of non-clinging, the motivation of compassion to practice for the benefit of all beings, and the potential for liberation within us all.
Given the speed and complexity of our culture, the Buddha's teachings offer a much-needed means to slow down, a way to create some inner calm. We need to touch base with this place of tranquillity in order to allow our bodies and minds to unwind. We then have the chance to see more deeply and profoundly the nature of our lives, how we create suffering and how we can be free. The dharma begins with the development of calm and it carries us all the way to liberation.
Larry Yang, a longtime meditator, trained as a psychotherapist, has taught meditation since 1999 and is a core teacher at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA. He has practiced in Southeast Asia and was a Buddhist monk in Thailand.