Begin your journey of self-transformation through meditation and the cultivation of mindfulness in the Vipassana tradition

Posted By admin on January 17th, 2010

The way of the Buddha is to know yourself; To know yourself is to forget yourself; To forget yourself is to be awakened by all things. Dogen – Thirteenth Century Zen Monk


Teachers & Lay Leaders

Taos Mountain Sangha,is a lay Sangha, but has hosted many senior teachers from across North America and abroad including Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg from Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and others as noted below.

Selah Chamberlain has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1969.  He practiced and taught Taijiquan (“Tai Chi”) for several years in the 1970s, and has practiced acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine since 1981. He has led beginning meditation classes at Taos Mountain Sangha and has occasionally facilitated evening meditation and discussion sessions. Selah serves as an advisor to the TMS Board of Directors.

Sean Murphy has been a practitioner of Zen meditation for over 25 years. He has taught meditation since 1998 to writers, artists, college students and many others. One Bird, One Stone, his nonfiction chronicle of Zen in America, won a 2014 International Book Award. He is also the Hemingway Award-winning author of three novels, including The Time of New Weather. He teaches meditation, creative writing and literature at the University of New Mexico-Taos. He is the co-founder and President of the nonprofit Sage Institute, which hosts a regular series of meditation workshops as well as an innovative Meditation Leader Training Program www.murphyzen.com

Jean Smith has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1986 and has published nine books on Buddhism–including The Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation (with Arinna Weisman); The Beginner’s Guide to the Walking the Buddha’s Eightfold Path; Life Is Spiritual Practice (the Paramis); 12 Steps on Buddha’s Path (written anonymously as Laura S), as well as a novel, Himalayan Passage. Jean is a member of Taos Mountain Sangha, where she is a guest teacher; leads the online Sober Sangha for Women; and serves on the board of The Mountain Hermitage.

Julie Tato, a regular guest speaker at Taos Mountain Sangha, has practiced meditation since 1988, primarily Vipassana, with Sharon Salzberg, Ven. Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and many others. An instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, she has a particular interest in Lovingkindness meditation and in practice in daily life.Julie teaches meditation with youth and with those recovering from loss. She has lived, worked, & practiced in spiritual community, including many years at the Lama Foundation near Taos and the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts. Julie also works locally supporting people with disabilities and their families.

Marcia Rose lives in Taos, NM. She is the founder and Guiding Teacher of The Mountain Hermitage www.mountainhermitage.org and founding teacher of Taos Mountain Sangha, She has been studying and practicing the teachings of the Buddha with Asian and Western teachers since 1970, primarily in the Theravada tradition. Her own teaching reflects a clear influence from over 25 years of practice in the Burmese Mahasi Vipassana lineage as well as five-plus years of practice with Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw. Marcia has been authorized by Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw to teach Samatha/Jhana meditation in the Pa Auk Forest Monastery lineage. She has also studied and practiced in the Dzogchen Tibetan Buddhist tradition with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Marcia was Resident Teacher for staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA from 1991-1995. She continues to teach at IMS and the Forest Refuge (the long-term practice center for experienced students on the IMS campus) as a visiting teacher. Marcia also teaches Vipassana, Brahma Vihara, Concentration, and Creative Process retreats in other U.S. and international venues, and is dedicated to offering these ancient and timeless teachings in ways that make them accessible and authentic for contemporary culture.