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.
The millennium question I hear students asking is how they can integrate the path of self-liberation with the path of paying attention to the welfare of others. My focus is guiding practitioners to do both. The dharmic brilliance is that liberation, the core teaching, creates a deep, transformative experience of who we are, which, in turn, transforms our care for the state of all beings everywhere.
I love storytelling as a vehicle for the dharma. I find that creating a non-ordinary reality of time and place carries the Buddhist spirit beneath the intellect and straight into the heart. Since we are all on a mythic journey inside the story of our lives, creating a timeless dimension through storytelling fires up our natural wisdom and compassion.
One of my deepest passions is engaging with an earth dharma. Dharmic awareness gives us a way to create a profound relationship to the land. We can learn to show care, honor and respect, loving the environment as the true extension of our hearts and minds that it is, feeling one with it in our blood.
People all over are seeking and longing for a sense of connection, community and an inner life. When we fuse the traditions of the dharma as self-liberation and as compassionate action, we infuse our daily lives with the power of the ancient lineage of Buddhism. We learn about the true nature of who we are and what it means to lead a compassionate life with ourselves, with others and our environment.