Scott Goolsby –
Scott is a native Idahoan and a PhD candidate in Asian Philosophy of Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He is teacher of applied Buddhism, meditation, and Advaita Vedanta. Scott is passionate about learning about religion of various cultures throughout history and teaching how spirituality and philosophy can be incorporated in practical ways so that they can deepen our existential human experiences while bringing meaning and understanding to our suffering. Scott has been a practitioner of meditation and dharma for over 20 years and has studied with various Western and Tibetan teachers.
Yul Kim –
After dabbling in meditation for several years, Yul Kim has been meditating daily since 2004. He has studied with several Western teachers from the Namgyal Rinpoche lineage, including Cecile Kwiat and Bonni Ross. Yul has also received teachings from several teachers of the Tibetan traditions including Jhampa Shaneman (Gelupa), and Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim (Sakya), and the Korean Seon (Zen) tradition. Yul has received 7 transmissions and initiations from His Holiness Sakya Trizin (Sakya) including receiving the Lamdre (Tsogshe) in 2007, which has been Yul’s primary practice for the past 7 years. Yul has also practiced several forms of Calm Abiding (Shamata).
Paul Dragone –
Paul started meditating over 30 years ago, but did not formally join the Buddhist path until 14 years ago. He studied the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism with Khensur Rinpoche (Geshe Wangduk), Ven. Thubten Chodron, Lama Jhampa Shaneman, and Venerable Robina Courtin. He also studied the Kagyu School with Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Khenpo Jigme and Tulku Damcho. Paul spent two and half years leading beginners classes, Dharma talks and meditations for the Liberation Prison Project at the medium security prison in Boise. Paul has taught beginner’s classes for Treasure Valley Dharma Friends and I has been a teacher with the Boise School District for the last nine years. He said he is honored to be working with the Boise Institute of Buddhist Studies teaching the 025 Intro to Buddhism class.
Dan Black –
Dan has studied with lamas in all four schools in the Tibetan tradition, though his main teachers are in the Karma Kagyu School. His primary teachers are Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gymatso, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Wangduk. Dan began leading Buddhist book groups in the late 1990s and in 2001 helped co-found the Treasure Valley Dharma Friends, where he led occasional classes for more than a decade. Through the Liberation Prison Project Dan taught meditation at Idaho Correctional Center for two years, at the Ada County Jail for one year. Dan has organized Dharma teaching events in Boise for some 14 years, inviting teachers to make Boise a regular stop. Dan is the director of the Boise Institute for Buddhist Studies.
Rev. Michele Tae –
M’tae is a Buddhist chaplain ordained at the Upaya Institute and Zen Center. She is also a member of the Order of Interbeing and is a longtime student in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. She is a founding board member of the Cancer Connection Idaho and is Director of Mindfulness Center Idaho, where she offers education and training in mindfulness for government agencies, businesses, groups and individuals. She has been an active member of Beginner’s Mind Sangha for nearly twenty years.
Bill Holland-Smith –
Bill has been studying and practicing Buddhism for 34 years and received lay ordination as a member of the Core Community of the Order of Interbeing (Tiep Hien), 43rd generation of the Lam Te Dhyana School and the 9th generation of the Lieu Quan Dharma Line by Dhyana Master Trung Quang Nhat Hahn, in 2004. Bill has been member of the Beginner’s Mind Sangha since 2001.
Kathleen Rose –
Kathleen has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over 20 years. She has lived and trained in various lay and monastic Zen and Theravada/Vipassana centers and temples while also offering practice opportunities in Boise for over 10 years. She is an ordained Buddhist minister through Gil Fronsdal and the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood, City, CA. She participates in leading the Boise Insight Sangha and also works as a hospice chaplain and spiritual care counselor with First Choice Hospice. Kathleen offers private spiritual direction and life process for individuals to help integrate dharma into everyday life for greater ease and peace.
Chris Slymon –
Chris Slymon started meditating with assorted Buddhist groups in Sydney, Australia, in 1993 as a compliment to his Tai Chi practice. A couple of years later he visited San Francisco Zen Center and was so impressed that he returned to live and practice at their various centers for several years. He has also done retreats in the Vipassana tradition of S.N. Goenka.