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Dharma Teachers of New York Insight Meditation Center
Karen G. Williams

Kate Johnson

Kathy Cherry
With almost two decades of dedicated mindfulness practice in the Insight Meditation tradition, Kathy is a founding member of DharmaPunx NYC. Since 2012, Spirit Rock Teacher Heather Sundberg has been her primary teacher, supporting practice & providing ongoing mentoring in her capacity as a teacher. Additionally, Kathy is an Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Community Facilitator, has completed a 400 hour coaching certification through iPEC and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in Training. In addition to teaching weekly classes at DharmaPunx NYC and MNDFL, Kathy is available for corporate and individual sessions geared towards developing mindfulness in daily life and leads regular Breathwork Circles for adventurous folks who want to take a deep dive into altered states of consciousness. Kathy’s mentoring style emphasizes embodiment, compassion and practical wisdom both on and off the cushion.

Kevin Griffin
Kevin Griffin is the author of the seminal 2004 book "One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps" and the recent "A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery". He has been practicing Buddhist meditation for three decades and been in recovery since 1985. He’s been a meditation teacher for almost fifteen years. His teacher training was at Spirit Rock Meditation Center where he currently leads Dharma and Recovery classes.

Kittisaro & Thanissara
Kittisaro & Thanissara, both former monastics in the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah, are married, teaching partners, and co-founders of Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat, in South Africa. They are co-authors of Listening to the Heart, A Contemplative Guide to Engaged Buddhism. They currently live in North Bay California where they are Guiding Teachers of Sacred Mountain Sangha, on the Spirit Rock Teacher Council, and are Core Teachers at IMS.

Lama Rod Owens
Lama Rod Owens is the Guiding Teacher for the Radical Dharma Boston Collective and teaches with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) where he is also a faculty member for the organization’s teacher training program. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School with a focus on the intersection of social change, identity, and spiritual practice. He is a co-author of Radical Dharma, Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, which explores race in the context of American Buddhist communities. He also contributed a chapter on working with anger and difficult emotions in the book Real World Mindfulness for Beginners. He has offered talks, retreats, and workshops at Harvard, Yale, Tufts, NYU, and other universities. His current writing project is an exploration of intersectional masculinity and spirituality.

Lani Miller
Lani Miller is a teacher at New York Insight Meditation Center. She has been practicing Insight meditation since 1977 and teaching since 2009. Lani is a graduate of the third Community Dharma Leaders Program. She is a Singer/ Songwriter who is interested in how music and other creative arts can be a vehicle for sharing spiritual truths and values.

Larry Rosenberg
The method I use most in teaching is anapanasati or mindfulness with breathing. Breath awareness supports us while we investigate the entire mind-body process. It helps calm the mind and gives us a graceful entry into a state of choiceless awareness--a place without agendas, where we are not for or against whatever turns up in the moment.

Larry Yang
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.

Leigh Brasington
Leigh Brasington studied the jhanas with the late Ven. Ayya Khema, who authorized him to teach retreats on the jhanas. He was also empowered to teach by Jack Kornfield. He teaches numerous jhana retreats throughout the year, at venues that include Cloud Mountain, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Gaia House, Vallecitos, and Southern Dharma.

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