DaeJa Napier
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DaeJa Napier is the founding and guiding teacher of the Brahma-Vihara Foundation. She has been teaching vipassana meditation in combination with the cultivation of the four brahma-viharas for the last thirty years. Her emphasis has been on the cultivation of formal and informal practice in every day life.

She has studied and practiced in various Buddhist traditions since 1972. Her root teacher is Zen Master Soeng Sahn. Dedicated to exploring the depths of the awakening process, she maintains a yearly schedule of intensive practice. Most recently she practiced under the guidance of Sayadaw U Janaka, Sayadaw U Pandita and Joseph Goldstein. DaeJa is the mother of five adult children.

DaeJa responds to dharma students with intuitive precision and insight mirroring nuances of the awakening process that unfold naturally when practicing vipassana (insight meditation) and the brahma-viharas. Her conveyance of the Buddhist teachings reflect many qualities cultivated as a result of maintaining a formal practice over thirty-six years of mothering five children.

DaeJa visits Albuquerque several times a year.