BMIMC Teacher Profiles

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Sayādaw U Vivekananda

Sayādaw U Vivekananda is a senior meditation teacher in the Mahāsī tradition and the abbot of Paṇḍitarama International Meditation Centre in Lumbini, Nepal. He also teaches a busy schedule in North America and Europe.

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Bhikkhu Anālayo

Bhikkhu Anālayo is a German scholar-monk and the author of Satipatthāna: The Direct Path to Realization, Perspectives on Satipatthāna, and Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses. He is a Core Faculty Member at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and a professor at the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg.

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Sayādaw U Indaka

Sayādaw U Indaka is the abbot of the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centres (CMMC) in Yangon and Pyin Oo Lwin. At both these centres, and throughout Myanmar and internationally, Sayādaw teaches the practice of Satipatthana vipassana and metta meditation to both Burmese and foreign meditators. He has also written several Dhamma books, among them: ‘Metta – The Practice of Loving-kindness as the Foundation for Insight Meditation Practice’ which has been translated into English. Sayādaw was born in 1952 and began his studies of the Buddha Dhamma as a young child, continuing as a novice and then taking full ordination in 1972. He studied at the famous…

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Venerable Virañani

  ‘Ven. Vīrañāṇi began to practice meditation in 1979, as a scientist and conservation biologist in Hawai’I and New Zealand. In the mid-1990s, she began to practice more intensively, and in 2003 took novice ordination in the Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw beginning a four-year period devoted to intensive practice. She took permanent ordination in Burma with Sayadaw U Pandita on New Year 2006, and now mostly resides at the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre North of Yangon. She teaches loving-kindness and vipassanā meditation retreats worldwide. She was one of the editors (for Pali and English) of the translation from the Burmese…

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Sayalay Bhada Manika

Venerable Sayalay Daw Badha Manika is a resident teacher at the Panditarama International Meditation Centre in Lumbini, Nepal. This is the second retreat she has conducted at BMIMC. Sayalay speaks excellent English.

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Sayalay Bhadda Manika

Ven. Sayalay Baddha Manika was born in Myanmar on 9 June 1955. She ordained as a nun in Lumbini in February 1999. She has greatly contributed to the development of Panditarama-Lumbini in various functions and teaches both there and abroad.  

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Ariya Baumann

Ariya B. Baumann (formerly Ariya Nani) was a Buddhist nun for 21 years, ordained in Burma by Sayadaw U Janaka. For many years she had been guiding foreign meditators at the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center. She now lives in Switzerland and teaches mettā and vipassanā retreats worldwide.For further detail see Ariya’s blog.

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Andrew Luff

Andrew Luff (Nipako), has been practicing Dhamma for over 22 years. He has been teaching in Sydney Australia and the USA. He started his Dhamma life at Cittaviveka monastery in the UK, where he trained for 8 years as a monk. His teachers being Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Sucitto and has more recently worked with Jason Siff.

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Danny Taylor

Danny Taylor has been a student of Eastern traditions since the early 1970s, and a practitioner of Buddhist meditation in the Mahāsī Sayādaw tradition since 1986. He has worked as a psychologist and is a management consultant. Danny emphasises the integration of meditation with our daily reality. He is also a leader of the group’s meditation sessions in Sydney.

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Graham Wheeler

Graham Wheeler has been practising vipassanā meditation for over thirty years, studying in Australia, Burma, Thailand and Sri Lanka. He also has been leading the Centre’s group meditation sessions in Sydney since 1999. He has his own legal practice in Sydney and much of his work is with community-based organisations.

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Greg Scharf

Greg Scharf is a US-based Dhamma teacher who has practiced with Western and Asian teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1992, and has been teaching residential retreats since 2007. His teaching emphasizes the confluence of love and wisdom on the path to liberation. Listen to one of Greg’s talks: “Renunciation” given at IMS on April 8, 2011.

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Jill Shepherd

Jill Shepherd began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999. A former manager of BMIMC, she recently spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where she participated in many long retreats and also offered weekly meditation classes at a nearby prison. She has been invited into the current teacher training program jointly offered by Spirit Rock and IMS in the US. For further details see Jill’s website

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Lesley Lebkowicz

Lesley Lebkowicz has practised vipassanā meditation since 1983 and has spent several years in silent retreat in Australia, the USA and Burma. She has worked as a teacher, counsellor and writer and currently divides her time between formal spiritual practice and writing. She leads the Canberra Insight Meditation Group.

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Michael Dash

Michael Dash has been a Buddhist practitioner for over twenty years, studying in Australia, Thailand and Burma, where he trained in satipatthāna vipassanā meditation in the Mahāsī tradition. He also has led the Centre’s regular group sits in Sydney and is a professional counsellor.

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Patrick Kearney

Patrick Kearney is an independent dharma teacher in the lineage of Mahāsī Sayādaw of Burma, his principal teachers being Paṇḍitarama Sayādaw and John Hale. He has also trained in the Diamond Sangha lineage of Zen Buddhism. His original teacher was Robert Aitken Roshi, and he is now studying with Paul Maloney Roshi. Patrick has a particular interest in the Buddha’s teachings before Theravāda or Mahāyāna were thought of. He studies Pāli and seeks to bring his understanding of the early texts to the practice of dharma in the contemporary world. For further details see his website.

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Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a founder of Vipassana Hawai’i and Kyaswa Valley Retreat Centre and MettaDana health and education project both in Myanmar. Steve has practised and studied vipassanā as a monk and layperson for more than 40 years and is anchored in the Theravāda tradition.

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Tara Frances

Tara Frances  is a co-founder and was a major sponsor in the establishment of the Centre. She has practised vipassanā meditation for 30 years in Burma, Nepal and Australia, with Sayādaw U Pandita, the senior disciple of Mahāsī Sayādaw, and other senior teachers. Tara was a member of the BMIMC management committee from the Centre’s inception up to her six year term as resident manager, which ended in November 2010.