About Our TeachersSharda Rogell is the guiding teacher for the Regina Insight Meditation Community. She has been practising and teaching Buddhist Insight Meditation since 1978 and teaches worldwide. Sharda has been influenced by many Buddhist traditions, as well as by her root teacher, H.W.L. Poonja, during her many trips to India. Sharda is also a student of A.H. Almaas in the Ridhwan School. She is currently on the Teacher Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in northern California near her home.
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Dana Anjali has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1988 when she met her mentoring teacher, Sharda Rogell on retreat in Bodh Gaya, India. As a way to continue and support her own practice, she founded the Regina Insight Meditation Community in 1993. She completed the Community Dharma Leader training at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre in California in 2003 and led the weekly sitting group and classes for RIMC until 2009. During this time, Dana developed her own teaching approach through her classes called Healing Through Meditation that provide instruction and spiritual guidance with an emphasis on mindfulness as a healing practice. This has now become the focus of her dharma work. Dana continues to support and guide the Regina Insight Meditation Community by working closely with Sharda, RIMC's guiding teacher and Chris Gilboy, RIMC's Dharma Leader, to hold the vision of the community.
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Howard Cohn has practised meditation since 1972 and has led retreats since 1985. He is on the Teacher Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in northern California. He is the founder of Mission Dharma, an urban dharma center in San Francisco near his home. He has studied and practised with many Asian and western teachers of several Buddhist traditions including Theravada, Zen, Tibetan, and Advaita Vedanta, and incorporates a non-dual perspective in his teaching.
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Chris Gilboy has been practising Insight Meditation since 1994 when he sat his first retreat in Saskatchewan with Sharda Rogell, the Regina Insight Meditation Community's Guiding Teacher and his primary teacher. He has since sat numerous retreats with Sharda and other Insight Meditation teachers, in particular Joseph Goldstein, Howard Cohn, Myoshin Kelley, Guy Armstrong and Joanne Broatch. In 2012 he completed his training as a Community Dharma Leader through a two-year program at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre in California. With Dana Anjali (RIMC's founder) and other members, Chris has been much involved with the day-to-day running of the community for many years.