Our Teacher for the 2021 Retreat
Greg Scharf began meditating in 1992 at retreats taught by senior teachers from the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Drawn to practice and travel in Asia, Greg discovered a deep heart connection with Indian devotional traditions, and developed a long-term relationship with practice and service in Burma (Myanmar), which continues to this day. In the Fall of 1998 Greg ordained as a Buddhist monk and continued his training in robes through 1999. In 2006 he began a 4 year teacher-training program, under the guidance of prominent western Vipassana teachers, which he completed in 2010. Greg has been teaching residential meditation retreats since 2007.
Greg's teaching emphasizes the understanding that the meditative process is fundamentally an exploration of Nature and natural processes. In his teaching, he stresses the critical importance of bringing the qualities of kindness, compassion, and a sense of humor to meditation practice
Another central aspect of Greg's practice is his work with two small humanitarian aid projects in support of the people of Burma, particularly targeting education, health-care, and support of Buddhist Nuns. Currently living in the high country of Northern Arizona, Greg's love of nature and the outdoors deeply informs both his practice and teaching.