Below, we list residencies that we have scheduled.
Details might change at any time so please check back for
revisions and new information.
Daeja Napier, July 6 - August 1, 2013
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.
Brian Lesage, September 5-22, 2013
Brian Lesage has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1988 and has taught
meditation since 2000. He has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan
schools of Buddhism. He was ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in 1996.
His training in Vipassana Meditation includes doing extended meditation
retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, and India as well as numerous retreats
in the U.S. He leads retreats and teaches meditation courses nationwide.
Brian also has a private practice in Somatic Experiencing, which is a
naturalistic approach to healing trauma. You can also visit his website for
Somatic Experiencing at
A note about dana:
Dana for the teacher is appropriate at all events, including practice
discussions and group discussions.
Dana (pronounced dah-na) is a Pali word meaning
generosity. Dating back to the time of the Buddha, there has existed
an interdependence between those who offer the teachings and those
who receive them. In keeping with this tradition, our teachers
offer the teachings freely and generously. We reimburse our teachers'
travel expenses to and from Albuquerque and give them a small per
diem for expenses incurred in Albuquerque. This does not cover
their expenses at home or other expenses they may have such as
health insurance. At sittings, study groups, and retreats, students
will have the opportunity to offer voluntary contributions (dana)
to the teachers so that they can pay their own living expenses and
continue to teach. We hope that you'll be generous to our wonderful
teachers. If you'd like to read more about dana, here is an
essay from the Cloud Mountain Retreat Center site:
The Practice of Dana.
Other residencies in our area:
Vipassana Retreats and Residencies in the Region.
History: See Previous Teacher