© John McDermott

© John McDermott

Vision

Our vision is to develop and sustain a vibrant and engaged community to share the Buddha’s teachings of freedom and apply them to every aspect of daily life.

We welcome people from all cultural and religious backgrounds, including race, socio- economic class, gender, sexual identity, age, education, and physical ability.

 

Guiding Teacher - Jill Shepherd

Jill Shepherd began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999, and since that time has lived and worked at several meditation centres and monasteries in the US, Australia, England, and Thailand.

She recently spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, where she participated in several long retreats and Buddhist study programmes, as well as offering weekly meditation classes at a nearby men's prison.

She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US, under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal.  Currently, she divides her time mostly between the US, Australia and New Zealand, teaching vipassana and brahma vihara retreats and offering ongoing study and practice groups focused on bringing the dharma into daily life.