Norman Feldman attended his first Insight Meditation retreat in 1971, while traveling in India. Since then, he has practiced and studied with many teachers in the Theravada, Tibetan and Zen traditions of Buddhism, as well as spending time with teachers in the Advaita-Vedanta tradition of Hinduism. He has spent long periods of time without a home, practicing intensively in India, Thailand and Sri Lanka, as well as in the West. He has also lived in Buddhist communities in England and Canada. Norman began teaching Insight Meditation retreats in 1986, and since then he has regularly taught throughout Canada and the US, as well as at Gaia House retreat centre in England, in Bodh Gaya, India and in Israel. As well as leading traditional, formal Insight Meditation retreats, Norman also offers forms of practice that facilitate the integration of meditation into daily life. These have included canoe retreats, study classes in the Buddhist texts, non-residential retreats that emphasize the integration of meditative awareness, insight and inquiry into daily life, and pilgrimage to the sacred Buddhist sites of India and Nepal. Norman is a co-founder and Guiding Teacher of True North Insight Meditation Centre, and can be reached through his Insight Meditation Retreats website. Prior to offering the Dhamma full-time, Norman was a shiatsu therapist and a pharmacist. Norman lives in Guelph, Ontario with his partner Molly Swan.
Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism’s role in the modern world, which has earned him both condemnation as a heretic and praise as a reformer. For several months each year, he travels worldwide to lead meditation retreats and teach Buddhism. He is the translator and author of various books and articles on Buddhism including the bestselling Buddhism Without Beliefs and Confession of a Buddhist Atheist.
Peter Levitt is an award winning poet and Zen teacher known for his gentleness, understanding, humour and warmth. Authorised to teach within the Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi, (author of the classic Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind) Peter is the founder and guiding teacher of the Salt Spring Zen Circle. He reads from his work, leads retreats and teaches throughout North America. He lives with his family on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia.
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Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, PhD, is the Abbot of The Village Zendo in New York City. A Soto Zen Priest and certified Zen Teacher, she received dharma transmission in both the Soto and Rinzai lines of Zen Buddhism, through the White Plum Lineage. She also serves as Co-Spiritual Director of the Zen Peacemaker Family, a spiritual, study and social action association. She has taught annually at Centre of Gravity. Enkyo Roshi’s focus is on the expression of Zen through caring, service, and creative response. Her Five Expressions of Zen form the matrix of study at the Village Zendo: Meditation, Study, Communication, Action, and Caring.