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Visiting Retreat Teachers

Welcome to Newly Arrived Insight Meditation Teachers

Tempel Smith is now living in this same neck of the woods, having recently moved to Victoria, B.C. with his wife, Kristina Bare, who is an Insight Meditation Teacher-in-training. He is looking forward to connecting with the sangha’s of BC, Alberta and the US Pacific NorthWest.

Tempel Smith began practicing insight and loving-kindness meditation in 1989 at Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. Tempel focused his younger years on activism within nuclear disarmament, environmental protection, and service working in crisis shelters for homeless and abused youth. In 1997 he spent a year in Myanmar (Burma) as an ordained monk with both Ven. Sayadaw U Pandita and Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, and later practiced in silence for a nine month retreat back at the IMS.

Since 2001 Tempel has to taught meditation and Buddhist psychology to a wide variety of people including prisoners, activists, youth, service providers, and those with severe and chronic illnesses. He founded the B.A.S.E. House in San Francisco – a residential community dedicated to living a socially engaged Buddhist life. Tempel spent a year in volunteer service for Zen Hospice, and in 2003 he initiated an international meditation retreat and program for teenagers and young adults which became iBme (Inward Bound Mindfulness Education). Tempel worked for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship in Berkeley coordinating the B.A.S.E. and Young Adults programs, and also has lead pilgrimages in Thailand, Burma, and India for the past ten years.

In 2010 Tempel graduated from a four year teacher training program run by Jack Kornfield, and now leads Spirit Rock’s 2-year Dedicated Practitioner Program at SRMC. The Buddha’s teachings Tempel offers is greatly informed by his time in Myanmar, years of activism and front line social services, western neuroscience and psychology, and modern somatic based trauma healing.  It is his hope to help transmit the ancient wisdom traditions from Asian countries in accessible forms to western communities.


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