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New Teachers Council Members

We are very happy and honored to welcome Tempel Smith and Will Kabat-Zinn as the newest members of the Spirit Rock Teacher’s Council. If you are not already familiar with these wonderful teachers, read more about their training and practices below.


Tempel Smith began practicing vipassana and metta meditation in 1989 and focused early service and activism on nuclear disarmament, environmental protection, and working in crisis shelters for homeless youth. In 1997 he spent a year in Burma as an ordained monk with both Sayadaw U Pandita and Pa Auk Sayadaw, and later practiced in silence for nine months at IMS. Since 2001 Tempel has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology to a wide variety of people including prisoners, activists, youth, service providers, and those with severe and chronic illnesses. Tempel is one of the core teachers of the next Dedicated Practitioners Program here at Spirit Rock (DPP5). His next daylong is The Buddha's Path to Freedom: the 3rd Foundation of Mindfulness on September 29.





Will Kabat-Zinn has practiced vipassana meditation intensively in the U.S. and in Burma for over ten years. He currently lives in the East Bay and teaches regularly here at Spirit Rock, at SF Insight, and at meditation centers around the country. For eight years Will taught meditation and awareness practices to incarcerated youth in New York City and Oakland. In addition to sharing the Dharma, Will is an MFT Intern in private practice in San Francisco and Oakland, and has recently started hosting a weekly sangha on Sunday nights in Berkeley.  Will is one of the core teachers of the next Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training program here at Spirit Rock (MYMT3), and is next on-site teaching the “Insight Meditation Retreat for Young Adults” August 5-11.



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