JD Doyle, MA

Residential Retreat Teacher

JD Doyle (they/them) served as Core Teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center, where they co-founded the Alphabet (LGBTQIA+) Sangha, and is Guiding Teacher at Insight Santa Cruz. They graduated from Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Retreat Teacher Training in 2020. They teach at sanghas across the US and in Canada. JD began studying and practicing Buddhism in 1995, at Insight Meditation Society and at Spirit Rock and continued with extensive retreat practice in Thailand and Burma in the Theravadan lineage. For over twenty-three years, they worked as a public-school teacher. JD holds a BS in Environmental Studies from Cornell University, a bilingual multicultural teaching certificate from UC Santa Cruz, and a Masters in Language and Literacy and Sociocultural Studies from the University of New Mexico. They are committed to celebrating the diversity of our human sangha, transforming the impacts of racism on our communities, expanding concepts of gender, and living in ways that honor the sacredness of the Earth.

Learning to practice love starts with ourselves. If we get still, we can turn toward trust and ask ourselves, “Am I bringing kindness to this moment?” And we use that pause to determine the action we need. So self-love is part of the practice of tending to the welfare of the whole world. Because if we don’t start here—in the garden of our own heart and our own being—when we tend outward we find that we really haven’t had enough nurturing ourselves.
 
JD Doyle, For the Welfare of the Whole World

JD Doyle's Upcoming Programs

Retreat On-Land

November 3 - November 8, 2024 Sunday - Friday | 5 nights

Nourishing the Beautiful: A Retreat for the LGBTQIA+ Community

Open to all self-identified LGBTQIA+. Awakening to the beauty that is within and around us is an essential part of the Buddhist path, and it is particularly important to those of us who have been taught to view ourselves and the world in a different light. Practicing together, we will closely consider—and deeply nurture—what beauty means for us, both individually and collectively. This retreat supports all levels of practice and inclusivity for LGBTQIA+, GNC, and non-binary communities, and is open to all levels of experience.

JD Doyle

JD Doyle

Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker

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bruni dávila

Kimber Simpkins-Nuccio

Kimber Simpkins-Nuccio

Ramona  Lisa Ortiz-Smith

Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith

Retreat On-Land

February 1 - March 29, 2025 Saturday - Saturday | 56 nights

2025 Insight Meditation 2-Month Retreat - Application

An extended period of retreat offers the rare opportunity for sustained, dedicated practice. This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing profound clarity and depth of Insight practice. Instruction will follow the traditional four foundations of mindfulness combined with training in lovingkindness and compassion, and practice will be structured around a daily schedule of silent sitting, walking, Dharma talks, and practice meetings with teachers.

Dawn Scott

Dawn Scott

Vance Pryor

Vance Pryor

Tuere Sala

Tuere Sala

Brian Lesage

Brian Lesage

devon hase

devon hase

JD Doyle

JD Doyle

Tara Mulay

Tara Mulay

Tempel Smith

Tempel Smith

Devin Berry

Devin Berry

Anushka Fernandopulle

Anushka Fernandopulle

Kristina Baré

Kristina Baré

Francisco Morillo Gable

Francisco Morillo Gable

Marjolein Janssen

Marjolein Janssen

Rasika Link

Rasika Link

Retreat On-Land

February 1 - March 1, 2025 Saturday - Saturday | 28 nights

2025 February Insight Meditation 1-Month Retreat - Application

An extended period of retreat offers the rare opportunity for sustained, dedicated practice. This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing profound clarity and depth of Insight practice. Instruction will follow the traditional four foundations of mindfulness combined with training in lovingkindness and compassion, and practice will be structured around a daily schedule of silent sitting, walking, Dharma talks, and practice meetings with teachers.

Dawn Scott

Dawn Scott

Vance Pryor

Vance Pryor

Tuere Sala

Tuere Sala

Brian Lesage

Brian Lesage

devon hase

devon hase

JD Doyle

JD Doyle

Rasika Link

Rasika Link

Upcoming Drop-Ins

Drop-in Online

Wednesday, August 7 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Rainbow Saṅgha

Open to all self-identified LGBTQIA+. Our Rainbow Saṅgha is a weekly gathering of self-identified practitioners within marginalized gender and sexuality groups such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, two-spirit, and gender non-conforming.

JD Doyle

JD Doyle

Dharma Library

Can't join us live online or on the land? Study and practice at your convenience with JD Doyle through our new library of recordings, articles, and self-paced online courses.