Below you can find more information about the assistant teachers who are supporting students in the online course the Foundations of Mindfulness, taught by Ven. Bhikkhu Anālayo.
Rachel Lewis began practicing insight meditation in 2003, while completing her physics PhD at Yale. Since 2011, she has taught dharma and meditation classes and retreats in British Columbia and beyond. She completed the IMS/IRC 4-year teacher training in 2021, and is a guiding teacher of the British Columbia Insight Meditation Society. Her dharma teaching interests include the power of music, humor, and creativity to increase our capacity for learning, as well as the way that practice supports and is supported by social justice work.
Nolitha is a guiding teacher at Dharmagiri in KZN , South Africa. She is a psychologist trained in trauma work (SE and EMDR) and an Executive Coach. She has been a meditation practitioner for over 20 years under Kittisaro and Thanissara, who are the founders of Dharmagiri Buddhist Center. Nolitha completed CDL4 ( Community Dharma Leadership) at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is currently in a 4-year program in meditation teacher training with the Insight Meditation Society. She is a mentor for meditation teacher training with Sounds True. Nolitha facilitates Race work using Insight Dialogue (Relational Mindfulness).
Tara Mulay’s practice and teachings stem from the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw. She has gratefully drawn influence from many other teachers within and outside of the Mahasi lineage, including Howard Cohn, Kamala Masters, Gil Fronsdal, Joseph Goldstein, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and Ayya Anandabodhi. She has been trained and authorized to teach by Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. Tara practiced criminal defense law in California for over 20 years. She was a leader of Mission Dharma in San Francisco, and in 2016 she co-founded the San Francisco People of Color Insight Sangha. She remained a core teacher with the group until the spring of 2019, when she relocated to Western Massachusetts. She felt initially drawn to dharma practice upon encountering the Buddha’s teachings rejecting social caste as a measure of worth and of capacity for awakening. She believes classical Buddhist practices, designed to cultivate compassion, non-greed, non-hatred, and non-delusion, are uniquely potent vehicles for empowering people in marginalized communities and effecting social change.