by Andrea Vaucher:
I have been sitting with InsightLA for the past several years, but since I have an established practice, I’ve never taken an ILA class; I’ve just attended retreats and Thursday night sitting group with Trudy, whom I consider my present teacher, in a long line of teachers throughout the years.Over the past couple of weeks I sat in on Beth Sternleib’s Essential Dharma class and Jane Davis’s Mindfulness in the Workplace class and I have to tell you how impressed I am with both these ladies as teachers.
Both Beth and Jane have studied with Trudy and blend the lessons they learned from her with their own unique life experiences, spiritual paths and personal style. The result is two teachers who have lots to offer our community, two women who complement Trudy and bring her slant on the dharma to our students through their own lenses.
As someone who has been practicing for years, I sometimes think I’ve heard it all, but I came away from both these classes reminded of the simplicity of the dharma and how each time a skillful teacher unveils these truths we are given an opportunity to glimpse another layer of insight.
Beth, a dedicated and profound Iyengar yoga teacher and proponent of long silent retreats, explored The Four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path and The Three Characteristics. (Currently she’s teaching Yoga for Meditators and a Metta class.) And Jane, who has a Zen background in addition to her Vipassana studies and who is the ILA CFO, explored the ethical conduct parts of the Eightfold Path – right speech (or “wise” speech, as she prefers to call it), right action and right livelihood.
Both these classes were sold out!
I can’t wait to check out Allen Weiss’s classes next. Allen and I have done retreats together and I’ve always loved his energy; he is grounded. Plus he’s the amazing dude behind our website and our RSS feed (my newest toy!) And there’s Susan Kaiser-Greenland’s class for teens. I’m really excited that InsightLA is becoming the center we always imagined it would and could. Thanks to you. And you. And you.
pictured: Andrea Vaucher, Jack Kornfield, Trudy Goodman