Robert Beatty’s Dharma Leader Program
In 2012, Robert selected a group including both experienced teachers and advanced students to participate in his “Dharma Leader Program,” a three-year program designed to deepen practice, and to formally prepare teachers to transmit the core teachings of the Buddha. These students have embraced the Dharma, and currently teach when Robert is unavailable, as well as offering a variety of classes.
Doug Pullin - http://www.douglaspullin.com
Doug Pullin is a teacher in the Theravada Buddhist tradition of U Ba Kin, Ruth Denison and Robert Beatty. Robert named him a Dharma successor and authorized him to teach in 1996. He has also received teaching and guidance from a variety of other Western Buddhist teachers In 2008 Doug completed the Spirit Rock sponsored two and half year Community Dharma Leader Training with Tara Brach and James Baraz. More recently he has been a student of Mathew Flickstein and his non-dual teaching. Doug’s teaching is an integration of Western psychology, neuroscience, Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to life, and compassionate engagement in the world. While remaining true to the core of the Dharma, his approach is relevant and accessible to our culture today. Doug’s focus is on practices that lead directly to freedom from suffering, awakening joy, and deepening compassion.
Doug has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, and Masters in Social Work. He has also received training in Nonviolent Communication, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Hakomi Body Centered Therapy, EMDR, Psychodynamic therapy, Narrative Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology and neuroscience research, In addition to teaching at PIMC Doug is offers mindfulness based psychotherapy and consultation in private practice. Doug also works as a consultant in the non profit social service field. He currently is serving an agency that provides residential care to adjudicated youth. He also has worked to bring support, resources and counseling to homeless youth and families living in poverty.
Jim Dalton - http://www.mindfulbalancetaichi.com
Jim Dalton has been training to be a teacher all his life. For the first 25 years he pursued a traditional credential in high school teaching and learned that formal schooling was a bad fit for him. However, he learned that the best way to learn was to pose as a teacher.
So he dropped out and spent 20 years in an intentional desert community where he volunteered to teach meditation and the principles of general semantics, along with organic gardening and high school English, his first love. Teaching helped him examine the nature of his own heart. Participating in group meditations helped focus his mind and powers of concentration. Managing the water system of a little village in the high desert taught him a lot about process. There are no “things” in a garden, just verbs that never stop interacting: changing seasons, unpredictable weather patterns, migrating birds and insects, burrowing rabbits with no respect for boundaries and fences.
Through the development of his devotional nature and many thousands of hours of karma yoga, he learned that 20 years is not enough time for a person to change the world. By then his children began exploring the academic credential world, and he needed a real job. So he came to Portland and began working with computers, training students in the business world about different kinds of process: operating systems and dynamic software programs. Again he discovered no “things,” just interacting systems of processes.
Along the way he met Robert Beatty who helped him get grounded in the processes of his body: breathing, moving mindfully, taking mindfulness into life experience, on and off the cushion.
As a certified instructor in Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance, his current focus has turned to the Boomer generation and how we are aging. His QiGong and Meditation practice has been influenced by Chinese medicine and the current neurobiology of mindfulness. For Jim that seems to be a natural extension of the lineage of Ruth Denison and an engaging application of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
A vipassana meditation practitioner for over 10 years, Doyle brings a lifetime of spiritual experience to his expression of the Dharma. As a former Eastern Orthodox Christian priest, a former school music teacher and currently, a Nonviolent Communication instructor, he offers a deeply compassionate presence to those with whom he works. Doyle's commitment to the Dharma began in 2004 when he purchased a copy of the Dhammapada, translated and commentated by Eknath Easwaran, devoured it and immediately began sitting mediation practice. In January 2009, he says he finally found his Dharma teacher, family and home when he came to his first PIMC meditation and dharma talk with Robert Beatty. "The rest..." As they say, "... is history."
Kate came to PIMC and the study of the Dharma in 2009, shortly after raising her family to adulthood. She retired shortly thereafter from her profession as a Project Manager and Business Analyst, and was offered her current position as “Dharma Assistant” for PIMC, assisting the guiding teacher in the support of the community. Her teaching focus is on the development of the ability to live with an undefended heart through the practice of meditation, and the profoundly experiential study of the Eightfold Path.
Kate has a lifetime of interest in the Tao te Ching, 15 years of tai chi training with Sifu Mark Wallaert, and recent certification from the Oregon Health Authority to teach Tai Chi for Health and Wellness.
Gregory is an assistant Dharma teacher to Robert Beatty at Portland Insight Meditation Community. As a mindfulness-based therapist with a master’s degree in marriage, couples and family counseling and a bachelor’s degree in western philosophy, Gregory draws inspiration from both western and eastern paradigms in his approach to understanding and sharing the Dharma. Gregory has 20 years of meditation experience, having studied in the traditions of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, U Ba Khin and Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw and has also been heavily influenced and inspired by various teachers in the Thai Forest Tradition. When not on a meditation cushion, Gregory enjoys movies, racquetball, writing screenplays with his wife, and eating anything wrapped in a tortilla.
Christine Howard Gieben
Christine came to Dharma practice after years of interest in psychology and human interaction. After completing her degree in Clinical Psychology in 2001, she was drawn to explore the teachings of the Buddha and how these fit with western psychological concepts. She was introduced to the Dharma in January of 2003 while attending a weekend retreat with Robert Beatty. This retreat changed how she experienced life in a very profound way and she began a regular sitting practice and comprehensive study of the Dharma.
Christine has has studied mainly under Robert Beatty and Matt Flickstein and as such, has had influences from both traditional Buddhist and non-dual teachings. She has attended retreats of various lengths and has enjoyed assisting Robert on some of his retreats. Christine attributes most of her growth and increased happiness to Dharma practice, and over the course of time, has found herself more and more drawn to sharing the Dharma with others. Christine has a thriving psychotherapy practice where she integrates the teachings of the Buddha and western psychology. She enjoys sharing with clients the benefits of meditation as well as helping to support them on their psychological/spiritual journeys. When not at work or meditating, Christine enjoys hiking, biking, running, and pretty much anything that involves movement and the outdoors. She loves spend ing time with her husband and friends, and her wonderful mini-husky Bodhi.
Matt first discovered the Dharma two decades ago, as a philosophy student studying eastern religion. Today, his practice focuses on the complimentary ground between the Buddha’s teachings on meditation and the human experience and his formation in Catholic spirituality. Both traditions have been gifts for the contemplative life and offer compassion, mindfulness, humility, and the silent discovery that can lead to an emptying of the separate mind. Matt brings a gentle and kind presence, honoring each person’s unique journey and direct experience on the path of insight. His teaching focuses on the Buddha’s discourses on ethics, concentration, and wisdom, providing students from diverse backgrounds an accessible approach to understanding the Dharma in lay life. Matt works as a consultant helping nonprofit and spiritual communities deepen their presence in the world. He is active in peace and social justice work, including homelessness and end of life care.
Gary moved to Portland in the spring of 2016 from the Los Angeles area, where he was the founding teacher of SCV Mindfulness for over 5 years. He was empowered to lead Buddhist meditation and dharma groups by Noah Levine and Vinny Ferraro of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and also helped found Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist based recovery program for all addictions, which has now spread worldwide. Gary was recently asked to join the teaching staff at PIMC by Robert Beatty and the Teachers' Council. His wife and daughters continue to be his greatest teachers.
Paige Freeborn is a meditation teacher based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is steeped in the language of meditation, mindfulness, music, yoga, and compassionate communication. She is drawn to non-dual practices, which revolve around learning to receive the pure awareness that is our true, great nature. In this space nothing whatsoever exists as separate.
Paige encourages her students to find a balanced path of cultivating awareness by organizing their human energies and coming into a loving relationship with themselves. By developing this quality of “radical acceptance” we learn to rest back into the vast awareness that is our true nature. Here we learn to accept life on its own terms and open to the entirety of our human experience without resistance to anything that is arising. Paige focuses her teachings around Metta, or lovingkindness practice. Years of training in Metta have opened the door to the compassionate, concentrative and creative beauty of this heart-based practice.
Gratitude is at the heart of Paige's practice. She is deeply grateful for the wisdom, vulnerability, and grace that have been modeled to her by her primary yoga teachers Gioia Irwin and Swan. She is profoundly grateful to have found her primary meditation teacher, Robert Beatty. His devoted guidance, wisdom, love and generosity have helped her heal old wounds, free the heart space, and contextualize the whole of her life through the beautiful teachings of the Buddha Dharma.
She hopes to honor the lineage of the teachings she has been so fortunate to receive.