About Our Teachers

InisghtLA is led by Trudy Goodman in collaboration with a Board of Directors, the InsightLA Teacher's Council and the staff and teachers of InsightLA.

InsightLA designates teachers based on their years and depth of personal practice and training as well as capability in: pedagogy; study of Buddhist texts, meditation practices and techniques; a working knowledge of our Buddhist lineage and history; and teaching and embodying the application of Dharma in daily life. Most InsightLA Teachers are graduates of the Dedicated Practitioners Program (DPP) and/or Community Dharma Leaders Program (CDL) of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and/or other training programs. Our Teachers are required to continue as students themselves, and dedicate themselves to ongoing study and dharma practice (including yearly residential retreats) and to deepening continually their understanding and embodiment of the Buddha’s teachings.

Criteria for New Incoming InsightLA Teachers

(Must be met as a pre-requisite to begin any InsightLA Teacher path)

  1. Minimum 5-year established, committed daily mindfulness formal practice, preferably under the guidance and the support of a recognized mindfulness teacher.
  2. At least 50 nights silent mindfulness retreats, in the Vipassana tradition.
  3. Completion of InsightLA MBSR, MSC, Basics and/or Buddha’s Path classes.
  4. A letter of recommendation from an experienced InsightLA teacher, or other recognized mindfulness teacher.
  5. (Exceptions can apply in special circumstances)