Teachers Who Teach at TCMC

Listed in Alphabetical Order by First Name


Blake Picture Blake Barton Blake Barton: has practiced, and studied meditation and the Buddhist path since 2001. He has studied with Upasaka Culadasa for over 9 years. He has attended numerous 10 day retreats with Culadasa and other meditation teachers. Blake completed an intensive 4 year teacher training class with Culadasa. For 18 years he has practiced voluntary simplicity, which allowed him to retire early and dedicate his life to spiritual practice and service.
Bonnie Picture Bonnie Colby Bonnie Colby: has practiced meditation for over 40 years and been active in TCMC since early 1990s. Bonnie focuses on helping people apply meditation to address life challenges, accomplish their goals and fulfill their ideals for their own lives and for the world. She is grateful for decades of training in western and eastern meditative practice, including the Sufi path of Hazrat Inayat Khan; Rinzai Zen with Sasaki Roshi and Shinzen Young, and the lineage of Catholic mystics. Bonnie is a university professor specializing in water resources, environmental issues and conflict resolution. She lives in Tucson with her husband Ted.
Chuong Picture Chuong Tran Chuong Tran:  For 20 years I was a student of meditation in my home country, Viet-Nam, where I practiced the Mahayana form.I found my way to Mary McWhorther’s garage which was the first TCMC sangha.  I have been practicing Vipassana meditation ever since.  In 1999, I helped Mary run monthly workshops for beginners. In 2000, I lead some TCMC classes, and in 2001, I started the weekly Wednesday night Metta (Lovingkindness) class.   Shinzen Young is my main teacher.
Hayward Fox Picture Hayward Fox Ph.D. Hayward Fox Ph.D.:  is a psychotherapist who, over the past forty years, has conducted over 60,000 interviews with people discussing their personal concerns and interests. What makes him an extraordinary teacher is his ability to meld his psychotherapy and meditative practices -- “two wings of the same bird” -- and provide a gentle, intuitive and safe presence. He responds to our intention to be free of inhibiting patterns and to recognize our authentic nature.
Kaishin Picture Kaishin Ashley Kaishin (Blake) Ashley: has been a student of Shinzen Young since 2001. He has a website at magnanimousmind.com and can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lhasha Picture Lhasha Tizer Lhasha Tizer, MS - has been studying, practicing and teaching mindfulness meditation and Buddhist Studies for over 35 years. She is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader Program through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She is a teacher of Insight Meditation, and has been teaching at Tucson Community Meditation Center since 2000. She studies with various Insight Meditation teachers including: James Baraz, Gina Sharpe, Thanissara, and Eugene Cash. Her guiding vision is to offer compassion and wisdom for all. Her web site is: www.themindfulnesspath.com
Nick Picture Nick Van Kleeck Nick Van Kleeck - has practiced meditation since 1987, first in the Zen tradition with Robert Aitken and John Tarrant, and later with Vipassana teachers including Gil Fronsdahl.  His related interests include inquiry as practiced in the Diamond Approach and Somatic Experiencing. He has studied with Culadasa since 2010
Sanjay Picture Sanjay Manchanda Sanjay Manchanda: has been a meditation teacher and spiritually oriented counselor for over twenty-five years. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a Master’s in Psychology. He has a private practice in Transpersonal Counseling, Jungian and Body based psychotherapy, and Neurofeedback. He also leads meditation groups and retreats. Sanjay’s teaching draws from different traditions such as Non-Dual Hinduism, Yoga, Sufism, Buddhism, Western Psychology and Neuroscience.  He emphasizes the process of awakening from the small self to the True Self, and the embodied expression of this awakening as the qualities of love and wisdom.
Shelly Picture Upasika Shelly Hubman Shelly Hubman: has been practicing meditation for over 20 years. She has studied with Geshe Tsulga, Santikaro, Tsultrim Allione, and Culadasa. She is also a member of the Dharma Treasure teacher training class.
Shinzen Picture Shinzen Young Shinzen Young: became fascinated with Asian culture while a teenager in Los Angeles. Later he enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Buddhist Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Eventually, he went to Asia and did extensive training in each of the three major Buddhist traditions: Vajrayana, Zen and Vipassana. Upon returning to the United States, his academic interests shifted to the burgeoning dialogue between Eastern meditation and Western science. Shinzen is known for his innovative “interactive, algorithmic approach” to mindfulness, a system specifically designed for use in pain management, recovery support, and as an adjunct to psychotherapy.
Terry Picture Terry Magee Terry Magee: has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1995, studying under Anna Douglas, Phillip Moffitt, Carol Wilson and other Insight Meditation teachers. Since 2006, she has been teaching as a Community Dharma Leader under the mentorship of Anna Douglas, founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Tucson. Terry leads an ongoing Thursday night Insight Meditation Sitting Group.
Tucker Picture Upasaka Tucker Upasaka Tucker: holds an Ph.D in Clinical Psychology and his degree focused on the scientific study of meditation. Tucker began formal training in meditation in 2005 and studied first with Sharon Salzberg and, since 2008, with Upasaka Culadasa. Tucker teaches a weekly course called E-Sangha over group video chat and has been teaching workshops a and classes at TCMC for several years.