Individual Instruction

Within traditional Buddhist contexts, the student - teacher relationship is considered foundational to the teachings and practices of the Buddhadharma taking root in the life of a practitioner. We believe strongly that this direct transmission is a vital part of the learning journey that greatly aids the very real possibility of living from the insight of practice. As such, one of the main services we are privileged to offer is connecting students to teachers for individual instruction and mentoring either in-person or online.

We share and present a group of diverse teachers that come from a variety of the many Buddhist traditions and lineages. This plurality is a strength of the Buddhist traditions. However, this diversity does mean that advisors and teachers listed with Open Sangha Collective do not necessarily hold the same opinions or beliefs on every subject. This does not stop all of the teachers & advisors listed on Open Sangha Collective from fully aligning on the values of "dharma without barriers."

Teachers listed through us rely on the generosity of their students to meet their material needs. Please ensure that you have read our page on dana and thus understand the opportunity and responsibility this traditional structuring of student - teacher interaction allows for and invites.

Please introduce yourself to a teacher you are interested in working with through the contact link provided within their individual entry below. Provide some background information about your life and practice and await their response.

Bhante Panna

This is a small introduction about who I am and was previously and the truths I’ve encountered and reasons why I see the path as I do. 

Abhaya Darpana

Abhaya (Dustin Davis) is ordained as a Dharmacharya in the Embracing Simplicity Order under Venerables Pannavati and Pannadipa. His primary practices of Satipaṭṭhāna (4 Establishings of Mindfulness) in the style offered by Bhikkhu Anālayo, Ānāpānasati (Breath Based Mindfulness), and the...

Ayya Yeshe Bodhicitta

Ayya Yeshe Bodhicitta is a Buddhist nun of 21 years, a teacher, contemplative and feminist activist. Ayya is the founder and director of Bodhicitta Foundation, a socially engaged Buddhist charity and girl’s home working to empower ex “untouchable” Ambedkarite people...

Sari Markkanen

Sari Markkanen was already at a young age interested in spiritual and existential questions. She fell in love with Insight meditation in 2005 after years of other meditative practices. Sari has practiced meditation on long retreats in Gaia House, in...

Poep Sa Frank Jude Boccio

I will assume you know that these “biographical” introductions are generally written in the third person by the person allegedly being talked about! In the interest of transparency, honesty and intimacy, I am rejecting that strategy and I am going to tell you...

Beth Upton

I have been teaching meditation since 2014, and the more I teach the more I love it. If there is one thing that I have learned in my years teaching it is that we are all different, with our own...

Francis Lacoste

Francis Lacoste is at heart a practitioner of the Chaos Dharma or what Shinzen Young calls a “poly-spiritual”. Following his curiosity and his intuition, he’s deeply interested by the complementarity of different contemplative traditions. He’s now studying with Vince and...

Zohar Lavie

Zohar has been practicing meditation since 1995 and teaching meditation and Dharma since 2006. This journey has taken her from the meditation cushion into exploring further ways of expressing truth and love and in 2004 she co-founded SanghaSeva. She now...

Noon Baldwin

Noon Baldwin is an ex circus artist & street performer who retired from the circus in 2004 to dedicate his life to spiritual practice and iving in Dhamma centres (France & South Africa) & Amaravati monastery, (UK). Noon co-created and...

Sumedha

Sumedha studied comparative religion at Manchester University, and after graduating realised she wanted to explore spirituality from the inside. Sumedha’s early encounter with the Ajahn Chah tradition led her to ordain at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in her late twenties. After 12...

Evan Leed

Evan Leed first learned to meditate at Zen Mountain Monastery nearly twenty years ago and has maintained an intensive daily practice for the last twelve years. His main practices include metta jhana, Mahasi-style noting, and awareness and emptiness practices. He...

Dan Goldfield

Dan is a dhamma teacher in the lineage of Bhikkhu Buddhadasa. He learned the dhamma via hundreds of hours of Skype calls with Dhammarato, and also received Dzogchen transmission from Tempa Dukte Lama of Olmo Ling Monastery in Pittsburgh, PA....

Dhammarato

Dhammarato is a lineaged teacher who studied under Bhikku Buddhadasa and Achan Pho at Wat Suan Mokh in Southen Thailand as a Bhikkhu for 20 or so years. He is now a tirelessly joyful lay teacher in that tradition. His...