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gil Gil Fronsdal is the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California; he has been teaching since 1990. He has practiced Zen and Vipassana in the U.S. and Asia since 1975. He was a Theravada monk in Burma in 1985, and in 1989 began training with Jack Kornfield to be a Vipassana teacher. Gil teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center where he is part of its Teachers Council. Gil was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. He currently serves on the SF Zen Center Elders’ Council. In 2011 he founded IMC’s Insight Retreat Center. Gil has an undergraduate degree in agriculture from U.C. Davis where he was active in promoting the field of sustainable farming. In 1998 he received a PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford University studying the earliest developments of the bodhisattva ideal. He is the author of The Issue at Hand, essays on mindfulness practice; A Monastery Within; and the translator of The Dhammapada, published by Shambhala Publications.You may listen to Gil’s talks on Audio Dharma.
andrea Andrea Fella has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1996, and, under Gil Fronsdal’s guidance, began teaching meditation classes in 2003. She is particularly drawn to intensive retreat practice, and has done a number of long retreats, both in the United States and in Burma. During one long practice period in Burma, she ordained as a nun with Sayadaw U Janaka. Andrea is especially drawn to the wisdom teachings of the Buddha. Her teachings emphasize clarity and practicality. Andrea is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and teaches residential retreats for IMC and other retreat centers around the country.You may listen to Andrea’s talks on Audio Dharma.

Community Dharma Leaders


terry Terry Lesser – Yoga for Meditation

Terry teaches Yoga for Meditation. She has been teaching classes and retreats at the Insight Meditation Center since 1995. She began practicing yoga in 1984, and has been a student of Vipassana meditation since 1992. Trained in Iyengar style yoga, she also teaches at the California Yoga Center in Palo Alto. Her teaching is gentle, supportive, and sensitive to individual abilities.

ines Ines Freedman – Online Meditation Course

Ines first became interested in meditation through her yoga practice in 1970. She has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1985, with Gil Fronsdal being her primary teacher. She is a member of the IMC Chaplaincy Council and is past Managing Director of IMC. She directs and teaches IMC’s Online Meditation Courses. She has experience with long meditation retreats including extended self-retreats, and has a special interest in working with meditation practices for those with chronic pain. She currently serves as Managing Director for the Insight Retreat Center.She is a retired chiropractor.You may listen to Ines’s talks on Audio Dharma.

ines Berget Jelane – San Jose Sangha

Berget has been a student of the Dharma since 1986.  She is a graduate  of the SRMC Community Dharma Leaders Program and the Sati Center  Chaplaincy Training.   Recently, she was ordained by Gil as a lay Buddhist minister. As a psychotherapist, she uses mindfulness and other Buddhist principles in her work with people.You may listen to Berget’s talks on Audio Dharma.

ines Jim Bronson

Jim began working with the inner life and spiritual traditions as a student of Krishnamurti in 1968. Jim’s focus on Vipassana Meditation began in 1990 with Howard Nudleman and a precursor of IMC. Jim expresses his practice in the world through providing community outreach and education through Karafor people and groups dealing with tragedy and loss. In addition to talks and meditation instruction at IMC, Jim has organized self-taught retreats in beautiful natural settings.You may listen to Jim’s talks on Audio Dharma.

Monastic Teachers

Ayya Anandabodhi

Ayya Anandabodhi was born in Wales in 1968. She first came across the Buddha’s teaching on the Four Noble Truths at the age of 14 and felt a deep confidence that the Buddha knew the way out of suffering. She has practiced meditation since 1989 and lived in Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in the UK from 1992 – 2009; training with the Community of Siladhara under the guidance of Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Sucitto. In 2009 she moved to the US on invitation of the Saranaloka Foundation, to help establish Aloka Vihara; a Theravada Buddhist monastic residence for women. In 2011 she took leave of the Ajahn Chah lineage in order to take full bhikkhuni ordination with Ayya Tathaaloka Theri as preceptor.

Ayya Anandabodhi currently resides at Aloka Vihara in San Francisco and offers teachings at the vihara as well as in the wider Bay Area and occasionally in other parts of the US. The example and teachings of Ajahn Chah continue to be a source of inspiration and guidance in her life and practice.

Ayya Santacitta

Ayya Santacitta was born in Austria in 1958 and has practiced meditation for over 20 years. Her first teacher was Ajahn Buddhadasa, whom she met in 1988 and who sparked her interest in Buddhist monastic life. She has trained as a nun in both the East and West since 1993, primarily with the Siladhara Community at Amaravati Monastery under the guidance of Ajahn Sumedho. Since 2002 she also integrates Dzogchen teachings of the Vajrayana into her practice.

Ayya Santacitta is co-founder of Aloka Vihara, a Theravada monastic residence for women in San Francisco, where she lives since 2009. In 2011 she received bhikkhuni ordination with Ayya Tathaaloka Theri as preceptor. She offers teachings at the vihara, as well
as in the wider Bay Area and occasionally other parts of the US, sharing her experience in community as a means for cultivating the heart and opening the mind.