Allan has practiced meditation
since 1974 and studied with leading US Buddhist scholar, social
activist and deep ecologist, Joanna Macy. Bobbi co-leads Stillness
in Action retreats, which emphasise engaged Buddhist practice.
These retreats combine a focus on tranquility, insight and compassion
with dynamic processes for reconnection and positive engagement
with the world. She also leads Natural Mind retreats
with her husband, John Allan, using Jason Siffs Recollective
Awareness approach to meditation. Bobbi has trained in
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (Jon Kabat-Zinn). She teaches
school students, trains teachers to use mindfulness practices
for their own wellbeing, and lead the practices in their classrooms
with students of all ages.
||Subhana Barzaghi is both a Zen Roshi and a teacher in
the Insight Meditation tradition. She is a resident teacher of
the Sydney Zen Centre and founding teacher of both the Bluegum
Sangha in Sydney and the Kuan Yin Meditation Centre in Lismore.
Subhana's teaching emphasises liberation here and now through
the practice of calm abiding and inquiry. She leads Zen and Insight
Meditation retreats in the Northern Rivers, Sydney, Melbourne
and in New Zealand.
Dash works as a counsellor
and educator and has been a Buddhist meditation practitioner
for over 20 years. He has studied in Australia, Thailand and
Burma, where he practised satipatthana vipassana in the Mahasi
Sayadaw tradition. Michael has taught courses and retreats in
Melbourne and Sydney, including courses at the Buddhist Library,
Wat Buddha Dhamma and the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre.
He teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), has a private
counselling practice in Sydney and works as a bereavement counsellor
at Sacred Heart and Calvary Hospices.
Davison has practiced
in both the Zen and Vipassana traditions for over 30 years with
teachers in Japan, India, North America, Hawaii and Australia.
Ellen is a Zen teacher in the Diamond Sangha Lineage and teaches
both Zen and Insight/Vipassana retreats in Australia. She is
a guiding teacher at the Kuan
Yin Meditation Centre in Lismore, NSW, and at Bay Insight
in Byron Bay. Ellen is a Psychologist and has worked primarily
as a counsellor in tertiary education.
||Victor von der Heyde
has been involved in
Buddhist practice since the mid 1970s and has spent over two
years in silent retreats. He studied with Insight Meditation,
Zen, and non-aligned teachers and has taken Dharma teaching roles
since the early 1990s. Victor has a particular interest in helping
people understand the different types of meditation so that they're
in a position to choose what works for them. He's also interested
how we respond to climate change and ways that Buddhist practice
may influence this response. Victor worked for years as a counsellor
and has a long history with the Bodhgaya Development Association,
a volunteer aid organisation that supports literacy and self-sufficiency
programs in India.
Higgins began meditating
and practising the dharma in 1987. He took up teaching meditation
in 1995. In 2003, he became a regular teacher at Bluegum
Sangha. He also teaches at Golden
Wattle and Beaches
sanghas, as well as for Sydney
Insight Meditators, which he helped found. Wintons
meditation teaching has developed towards non-formulaic insight
practice based on the Buddhas original teachings, while
his dharmic orientation inclines towards a secular Buddhism.
He fosters interest in the original teachings and their affinity
with modern streams of thought and progressive social commitments.
A writer and a social-science academic, he and his partner Lena
have 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. His website
is here, and much of his dharma writing can be found
||Jess Huon has been engaged in meditative and embodiment
practices since she was seventeen years old. She has trained
in traditional Buddhist monastic settings and also within intensive
periods of solitary forest practice. This training has taken
place in Asia, Australia, Spain, and the USA. Jess holds a Bachelor
of Creative Arts and a post grad in the therapeutic arts practice.
She is a published author (The Dark Wet, Giramondo Publishing)
and when based in Melbourne, writes and co-directs for rollercoaster,
a theatre company comprising actors with intellectual disabilities.
Whilst deeply informed by but not bound to tradition, her style
is grounded in contemporary life. Jess teaches retreats in both
India and Australia. She currently teaches regularly with the
||Malcolm Huxter began following the teachings of the
Buddha in the mid 1970's and has mostly practised within the
Theravada traditions. He ordained in Thailand and practised intensively
as a monk for 2 years. After disrobing in 1979 he continued his
commitment to meditation through daily practice, study with lay
and ordained teachers and regular attendance at intensive retreats
within the Mahasi tradition. He has also practised within Tibetan
Mahayana and Japanese Zen traditions. Malcolm is a clinical psychologist
and works in both public mental health and private practice.
He has been sharing his understanding about the path of awakening
in the form of individual psychotherapy, courses, retreats, and
therapist supervision and workshops since 1991.
Will attended his first
Insight Meditation Retreat in the late 1970s with Christopher
Titmuss, this meeting kindled a deep interest in meditation and
a great love for the Dharma teachings and practices. Will is
the guiding teacher at the Tallowwood Sangha in Bellingen N.S.W,
he regularly leads retreats in Bellingen, Byron Bay and annually
in Bali. Will has taught at the Dharma Gatherings in Australia
and India, taught the Australian Dharma Facilitators Program
and teaches Dharma Study and Inquiry.Will's teaching lays great
emphasis on seeing into the dependent arising' and empty
nature of all phenomena. This seeing makes possible a deep understanding
that frees the mind and opens the heart.
||Patrick Kearney is an independent dharma teacher in the
lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw. He has trained extensively in the
Mahasi approach to insight meditation, where his principal teachers
were Panditarama Sayadaw and John Hale. He has also trained in
the Diamond Sangha lineage of Zen Buddhism, his principal teachers
being Robert Aitken Roshi and Paul Maloney Roshi. Patrick has
a particular interest in the original teachings of the Buddha,
before Theravada or Mahayana were thought of. He studies Pali,
the language of the earliest surviving Indian recension of the
Buddha's teachings, and seeks to bring his understanding of the
early texts to the practice of dharma in the contemporary world.
Markey was introduced
to Buddhist practice in India in 1983. She took teachings from
a variety of Tibetan teachers and attended retreats with insight
teacher, Christopher Titmuss, the same year. She has practised
insight meditation ever since. Anna also practised for a number
of years with a Zen group in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh,
and in the Burmese Mahasi method of practice with Patrick Kearney.
Since 2007 she has been studying with Jason Siff. She now uses
his Recollective Awareness approach in her retreats and groups
and she runs an annual retreat with Jason in the Adelaide Hills.
Anna leads two ongoing Dharma groups in South Australia and she
supports 6 local Recollective Awareness groups. Anna is interested
in the early teachings of the Buddha and in using a gentle, open
approach to meditation to clarify, enrich and refine our experience
in order to bring about change and liberation in our daily lives.
||NeLi Martin practised meditation in the UK for years,
predominantly at Gaia House, before starting to teach in the
Western Insight tradition in 2005. She was mentored in the early
period by Catherine McGee and draws on the secular Buddhist perspective
developed by Stephen and Martine Batchelor. Her teaching focuses
on cultivating awareness in body, mind and heart; exploring embodied
freedom. Neli has practising yoga since 1992 and has taught yoga
since 1998. She also teaches other movement meditation via dance
and leads silent forest walks (yatras). Neli is a registered
psychologist with a private practice in Brisbane and Noosa.
||Radha Nicholson teaches
the cultivation of wisdom and compassion through insight. Her
teachings focus on inquiry and the non-dual nature of reality.
Radha first met Christopher Titmuss in India in 1975 where she
participated in extended retreats. She is a guiding teacher for
Bay Insight in Byron Bay. Radha teaches retreats in Australia
and regularly teaches with Christopher in Sarnath, India, at
the annual Dharma Gathering. She is a Registered Psychologist
and member of the Australian Psychological Society with a private
practice in Bangalow, in Northern NSW. Radha is the mother of
four children and also has grandchildren.
Perry leads retreats,
weeklong bush yatras (mindfulness walks) & dharma workshops.
She has 30 years of Insight meditation experience and is a mentor
for the web-based Living Dharma program. Carol is the co-founder
of Dharmananda a sustainable community in northern NSW. She has
lived in community for 35 years. Her commitment to community
led to her work as a dispute mediator and teacher of mindful
communication workshops. In addition Carol has a mindfulness-
based psychotherapy (Hakomi) practice in Lismore NSW & Melbourne.
Taylor has been a dharma
practitioner for 30 years, studying with a range of teachers,
initially in the Thai forest tradition and the Mahasi tradition.
She began teaching 10 years ago and participates in teacher training
retreats with Jason Siff. She lives in Alice Springs, works as
a visual artist and teaches art in remote communities. She has
a particular interest in the affinity between unstructured meditative
experience and the practice of creative arts.
||Lizzie Turnbull has been engaged in Buddhist practice
since 1985, beginning in the Tibetan tradition and later in Zen
and Insight. The approach Lizzie takes to teaching meditation
is open and non-sectarian, encouraging embodied awareness, a
compassionate and loving heart and creative inquiry into the
possibilities of freedom. She has long been interested in the
integration of the Buddha Dharma with the social sciences and
psychotherapy. She is a somatic psychotherapist in private practice
in Byron Shire, Northern NSW.
Sexton Bourke was one of the
teachers on this list before his death in May 2011. An
obituary for Sexton is here and there is a 6
minute video of Sexton talking to other teachers about meditation.
*There are many good dharma
teachers. Teachers in this group have been part of a long-standing
dharma community and have, as part of their practice, a commitment
to ethical conduct.