Pari Ruengvisesh was born and raised in Thailand. Her practice is rooted in the Mahasi tradition under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Sayadaw U Vivekananda, Michele McDonald and Steven Smith. A graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program, Pari is committed to practice on intensive retreats and applying the teachings in her daily life.
Pascal Auclair has been immersed in Buddhist practice and study since 1997, sitting retreats in Asia and America with revered monastics and lay teachers. He has been mentored by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, where he is now enjoying teaching retreats. Pascal teaches in North America and in Europe. His depth of insight, classical training, and creative expression all combine in a wise and compassionate presence. In addition, his warmth and humour make Pascal a much appreciated teacher.
Rabbi Jeff Roth is the founder and director of The Awakened Heart Project. He was the co-founder of Elat Chayyim where he served as Executive Director and Spiritual Director for 13 years. He is the Author of Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life, Jewish Lights 2009. He is an experienced meditation teacher and the facilitator of over 90 Jewish meditation retreats.
I first encountered Buddhism in 1974, and it blew the doors wide open for me with its profound and practical insights into the mind, suffering, and true happiness. Over time I gravitated to the original teachings of the Buddha, embodied in the Theravadan tradition, for their down-to-earth clarity, and important sources for me have included the teachers of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Pali Canon itself. More recently, I've explored grounding the dharma in modern evolutionary neuropsychology - "neurodharma" - recognizing how mind arises dependently upon the body, especially the nervous system as it tries to meet ancient needs for raw survival. I am especially interested in using these approaches to heighten the learning - the cultivation (bhavana) - from beneficial experiences (otherwise often wasted on the brain) to reduce the underlying sense of deficit and disturbance that causes the craving that causes suffering and harm. Overall, I feel amazingly blessed to have the opportunity in this life to ride the dharma stream and share its gifts with others!
After practicing family medicine in Quebec for twenty-three years, Robert Béliveau chose to take his career in an unexpected direction, but entirely consistent with his beliefs. He decided to devote himself to teaching methods of stress reduction. His encounter with Jon Kabat-Zinn, renowned for having integrated mindfulness meditation in traditional medicine, was decisive. He leads mindfulness based stress reduction workshops at the Épic center of the Montreal Heart Institute. He is co-author with Jacques Lafleur, psychologist, of Les quatre clés de l’équilibre personnel.
Roxanne Dault A dedicated practitioner of Vipassana (Insight Meditation) for more than 10 years, Roxanne has sat many long retreats in Canada, USA, India, Burma, Thailand and Nepal, including two 3-month retreats at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in the USA. Roxanne is currently part of the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training. She has completed a two-year Buddhist Study Program, a two-year mentorship with Pascal Auclair and Daryl Lynn Ross, as well as a MBSR training with Jon Kabat-Zinn. Roxanne has been involved for many years in TNI’s Prison Meditation Program and teaches meditation in different settings. Her teaching is informed by her Algonquin Anishinabe heritage and her Somatic Experiencing® training for the healing of stress and trauma. Her deepest intention is to share her love for this practice so that we can touch the happiness and wisdom that permeates every moment!
The most compelling part of my practice right now comes in the form of my writing. For a long time, I've focused my teaching and writing on lovingkindness. Now as I look more deeply into lovingkindness, I find that it actually rests on another foundation, the expression of faith.
Faith is the topic I am exploring most in teaching and writing. Today there is a tremendous upsurge of interest in a new kind of faith, based on a practice where people can experience a direct spirituality, one without rigid dogma or compulsory belief in a specific cosmology. This is a spirituality that rests on personal transformation.
Vipassana allows us to take a method of mind training and craft a way of life that is more compassionate, more ethical and more powerful than our unawakened lives. The Buddha's teachings give us an immediate experience of what we can do to change. Faith in the teachings means we align ourselves with a vision of our greatest possibilities. This is the heart of the practice.