Teacher Residencies

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

Photo of DaeJa
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 www.liberatingawareness.com


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: See Vipassana Retreats and Residencies in the Region.

History: See Previous Teacher Residencies.