Teachers

Jim Bedard

Jim Bedard

Guiding Teacher

As a child growing up in a Christian home, Jim Bedard was quickly labelled a “doubting Thomas.” He questioned everything. In his mid-twenties, his spiritual angst led him to the experiential practice of meditation: Christian meditation, Transcendental Meditation (TM), and then Buddhist meditation.

In 1980, Jim began practicing Zen with Roshi Kapleau of the Rochester Zen Center. Jim practised with Roshi Kapleau and his dharma heirs for the next 20 years. After completing his formal training in Zen, Jim spent several years practising with senior Vipassana teachers in the Theravada Buddhist tradition.

Jim has been leading retreats and offering private instruction for over 20 years. Today, Jim offers a balanced, direct approach to practices that point directly to the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.

Randall Baker

Randall Baker

Guest Teacher

Randall Baker began practising Zen meditation in 1977 as a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau. His Zen training included 10 years on staff at the Rochester Zen Center.

After practising Zen for 20 years, Randall took up the practice of Vipassana. He has since worked with a number of well-known Western Vipassana teachers.

Today, Randall offers a clear and direct approach to the meditation practices of mindfulness and goodwill (metta).

Margo McLoughlin

Margo McLoughlin

Guest Teacher

Margo McLoughlin has been a student of Theravada Buddhism since 1986. She served on staff at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and completed her Community Dharma Leader training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School. Margo has been translating, adapting, and performing stories from the Buddhist tradition for a number of years.

For more, please visit Margo’s website.

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