Meet Our Team

Behind every Sacred Path program is a team of compassionate, excited teachers and leaders.

Founder

About

Justin Kelley grew up on a farm in rural Massachusetts. In 2005, after graduating from Tufts University and working a short stint in land conservation, he picked up and left for India — the fantastic land of yoga and meditation. He had high expectations before leaving, imagining levitating yogis in remote caves, but these were quickly replaced with something more profound: a way of life in which everyday activities were imbued with spirit; a world in which people embraced their religious and/or spiritual faith. This lead Justin to spend the next ten years living in India, Nepal, and southeast Asia, immersing himself in the cultures and studying Tibetan language, Buddhist philosophy, and various meditative practices. In 2015, he returned to the US and entered a doctoral program in Rice University’s Department of Religion with Dr. Anne C. Klein, professor of Religious Studies. Academia surprised him by providing applicable insights into the historical and philosophical developments within religion, which help him navigate his personal beliefs. His research interests include meditative and philosophical systems in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, phenomenology, and contemplative studies.

Throughout the years, he has taught courses on Buddhism and meditation in universities, high schools, dharma centers, and more. Since 2008, Justin and Sacred Path have designed  pilgrimages for organizations such as Tricycle Foundation, Tergar International, and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. These journeys incorporates his three loves—indigenous cultures, education, and personal transformation. Each program designed by Sacred Path is predicated on Justin’s approach to education: learning environments are most effective if they are inclusive of diverse learning styles, engaging on multiple registers, and immersive in orientation. Come find out what this means in action!

Justin Kelley

Founder

Current Program Leaders

Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia

Dharma Teacher

About

Gloria Taraniya began teaching the Dharma in 1990. Her primary training is within the Thai Forest Tradition, specifically with the disciples of Ajahn Chah. Prior to teaching, Gloria Taraniya spent the better part of two years in silent contemplation at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where she later served as resident teacher for three-and- a-half years. Over the years she lived nearly four years in monasteries in the Ajahn Chah lineage (in the UK, USA and Thailand), supporting resident nuns and monks. She also trained as a lay Buddhist minister within this lineage at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California and is a founding board member of Temple Forest Monastery in New Hampshire.

Gloria Taraniya now serves as a Core Faculty member at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies where she does most of her teaching. She was integral in the development of two signature programs of the Study Center: the Integrated Study and Practice Program and Entering the Path. This later program was the Center’s first foray into online learning. Gloria Taraniya co-authored Older and Wiser: Classical Buddhist Teachings on Aging, Sickness, and Death and has written numerous articles for Insight Journal, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

About

Myoshin Kelley attended her first meditation retreat in 1975 at the age of 20. Through the ensuing years she has received dharma instructions from several renowned Buddhist meditation masters in the Theravada, Zen, and Vajrayana traditions. She has practiced extensively with the Burmese meditation masters Chanmyay Sayadaw, Sayadaw U Pandita, and Sayadaw U Tejaniya. In the early 1990s Myoshin received meditation instruction from the Soto Zen master Hogen Yamahata. Her desire for long-term meditation practice has taken her to Burma on several occasions.

In 1994 she accompanied her husband, Edwin, to the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA, where she was trained as a meditation instructor by Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzburg. Since then she has been teaching meditation in a number of places throughout North America. In 2003, she was appointed the teacher in residence at the Forest Refuge, the long-term practice center at IMS.

Myoshin was introduced to Vajrayana teachings in 1993 and met Mingyur Rinpoche in 1998 when he first visited the US with his brother, Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Since then she has practiced with Mingyur Rinpoche in North America and Asia benefiting from his skillful, lucid instructions on the profound teachings of Mahamudra. She moved to Minneapolis in 2010 to help support Mingyur Rinpoche in his worldwide vision and leads programs internationally and locally.

Myoshin Kelley

Dharma Teacher

Antoinia Sumbundu

Dharma Teacher

About

Antonia Sumbundu was first inspired to become a meditator after seeing a segment from The Lion’s Roar, a film about the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, but it was in 1988 after attending a talk by the Dalai Lama that she began practicing formally. Antonia’s first Buddhist teacher was the 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. Following his death in 1992, she studied with a variety of teachers, including Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Chokling Rinpoche, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. In 2002 she met Mingyur Rinpoche, and began to receive teachings from him.

Antonia was already a meditator with a keen interest in the clinical application of meditation when she began studying psychology. While chairing the Danish association for Cognitive Based Therapy, Antonia met Dr. Mark Williams, a renowned clinical psychologist and researcher in the field of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and began a long and productive collaboration with him. Antonia was one of the first psychologists to be trained in MBCT, and since then her work has focused on training professionals in MBCT and exploring the unique characteristics of MBCT supervision. She holds a Master’s degree in MBCT from Oxford University, and is an Associate with the Oxford Mindfulness Center.

A mother of two, Antonia lives in Denmark and has been involved with Tergar since its inception in 2009, as a leader in Tergar Copenhagen, as a facilitator, and now as an Instructor. Antonia continues to play a key role in the training and mentoring of Tergar group leaders throughout Europe.

About

Stephanie Wagner’s passion for holistic wellbeing started with an interest in meditation. This led her to study with some of the world’s most renowned teachers, including Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Sharon Salzberg, and Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche. Stephanie is inspired to bring the practice of meditation to as many people as possible, which is exemplified in her work as a facilitator within the Tergar Meditation Community and as a trainer with Healthy Minds Innovations, a non-profit started by acclaimed neuroscientist Richard Davidson. After several years of meditating, Stephanie’s interest expanded to the body. Specifically, she started to integrate awareness with the practices of mindful eating and movement, losing 80 pounds. Through this challenging exploration, she came to love physical activity! This has led her to study Himalayan yoga at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama’s Ashram and earn her certification in group fitness instruction.

Stephanie helps people engage in meaningful physical activity predicated on paying attention to the body. As an accredited health and well-being coach (NBC-HWC) and wellness educator with a master’s degree in Integrative Health and Well-Being Coaching, Stephanie helps people bring mindfulness into every aspect of their lives by cultivating awareness, resiliency and compassion for themselves and others. Stephanie’s years of practice in meditation, physical movement, mindful eating, and overall wellbeing make her the perfect person to guide you on this once-in-a-lifetime journey through Himalayan wellness.

Stephanie Wagner

Wellness Expert

Sweta Gurung

Area Expert; Guide

About

Sweta Gurung was born in the Kathmandu valley and calls the mountains of Nepal her home. Drawn to traditional healing methods, Sweta is a Tibetan massage therapist and a student/ practitioner of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, which she finds an important support in practicing the art of healing and well-being. Sweta has led semester study abroad programs for international students in Nepal, India and Tibet and is also a founder/ director of a Kathmandu based organization called Himalayan Crossroads that offers programs studying traditional healing practices in the Himalayas.

About

Drawn first to the Himalayan region by an interest in Eastern mysticism, Adrian Smith has made Nepal and India his home for over 20 years. He has spent time studying as an apprentice stone carver, working as an English teacher, sitting in meditation retreats, and running transformational experiential education programs. Adrian loves to explore remote Himalayan valleys and villages, visit holy temples, and spend time in sacred places. He has spent much of his time in Asia sharing these places with students, having led numerous summer and semester programs through India, Nepal and Tibet. For all of the intrigue of the cultures and landscapes of the Himalayas, he is most grateful for having come into contact with Buddhist teachings and the universal values that emerge from finding the common ground between vastly different world views and cultures.

Adrian Smith

Area Expert; Guide

Theresa Murphy

Yoga Teacher

About

Theresa Murphy’s deepest intention in teaching yoga is to expand minds, open hearts, and to be a catalyst for discovering the wisdom and wonder of an embodied life. She draws inspiration from many traditions, weaving together various combinations of technique such as: soft somatic work, intentional sequencing, how to personalize practice, sustained holds in poses, rigorous vinyasa, therapeutics, yin yoga, breath-work, individualized alignment, anatomy study, wisdom teachings, meditation, chanting, and open exploration of physical and mental awareness. With over 3,000 hours teaching private sessions, she is a Yoga Therapist accredited thru the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). And with over 30,000 group class and teacher training hours, she surpasses Yoga Alliance’s highest standard as an E-RYT-500.

Through her studying, practicing and teaching yoga, Theresa has developed a profound understanding of both the theory and practice. Throughout this program, she will provide guided yoga and meditation sessions, as well as lectures on how we can understand the yogic traditions of India in a contemporary context.

About

Mary Storm has a Ph.D. in Indian Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.A. in East Asian Studies, (Japanese Buddhist Art), from Stanford University, and a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco. She also holds a law degree (J.D.).

Dr. Mary Storm has lived in France (she has a Grand Diplome from Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris), conducted research in Japan, and lived and worked in India for many years; she now lives in Sri Lanka with her husband. She has roamed the back roads of India from West Bengal to Rajasthan, and from Ladakh to Tamil Nadu, in search of archaeological adventure. When forced to explain she says that her work focuses on the archaeological side of art history or the art historical side of archaeology. She has completed a number of research projects at primary archaeological sites, mainly in South India, where she has made some modest, but significant discoveries in the field of archaeology. She has been the recipient of various grants including the Dickson Foundation Fellowship for Art History.

When not teaching, researching, or writing, she spends her time admiring her chickens and vegetable garden. Sometimes she gets the urge to paint, and is proud to report that her watercolour paintings are exhibited on refrigerator doors throughout the world. She has published numerous articles on Indian art history and is the author of Head and Heart: Valour and Self-Sacrifice in the art of India, Routledge, 2013.

Dr. Mary Storm

Art Historian; Area Expert

Local Experts

About

Deepak Anand is native to the north-Indian state of Bihar and is a leading expert in classical Buddhist history and geography. He has coordinated numerous educational programs throughout the region, teaming up with organizations such as UNESCO, local and federal governments, and more. He also directs multiple organizations in the Rajgir/Nalanda area aimed at historic preservation of Buddhist heritage cites, as well as the betterment of living conditions for local populations.

Deepak Anand

Area Expert

Rinchen Namgial

Area Expert

About

Rinchen Namgial graduated from Jammu University with a Master’s degree in Buddhist studies and has been guiding educational tour-programs throughout India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet ever since. He is particularly interested in lived Buddhist traditions and communities throughout the Himalayas. Namgial is comfortable conversing in numerous languages, including: English, German, Tibetan, Hindi, Nepali and his native Ladakhi.

About

Mingma Sherpa owns and operates Aasra Travel Company, based in Kathmandu, Nepal. With over a decade of experience interfacing with visitors to Nepal, Mingma is well versed in both native cultures of this region as well as international sensibilities. He specializes in trekking programs throughout the Himalayas, as well as cultural programs that explore the cultural and religious diversity of the Kathmandu Valley.

Mingma Sherpa

Area Expert

Past Teachers

About

Past Teachers

Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara serves as Abbot of the Village Zendo. She received priest ordination from Maezumi Roshi and Dharma Transmission and Inka from Bernie Tetsugen Glassman. Roshi Enkyo’s lineage comes through Maezumi Roshi whose teaching was uncommon, bringing together Soto priest training and study of the Rinzai koan system. Moreover, Roshi Glassman’s focus on social engagement and peacemaking underlies much of her vision of Zen practice.

Roshi is a Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Family, a spiritual and social action association. Roshi’s focus is on the expression of Zen through caring, service, and creative response. Her Five Expressions of Zen form the matrix of study at the Village Zendo: Meditation, Study, Communication, Action, and Caring.

Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara

Teacher

Tsonkyi Rinpoche

Teacher

About

For over 21 years, Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching students worldwide about the innermost nature of mind in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Rinpoche is one of those rare teachers whose lighthearted, yet illuminating style appeals to both beginners and advanced practitioners alike. He is truly a bridge between ancient wisdom and the modern mind.

He is widely recognized as a brilliant meditation teacher, is the author of three books, Open Heart, Open Mind, Carefree Dignity, and Fearless Simplicity, and has a keen interest in the ongoing dialogue between western research, especially in neuroscience, and Buddhist practitioners and scholars.

About

Mingyur Rinpoche teaches throughout the world, with centers on five continents. His candid, often humorous accounts of his own personal difficulties have endeared him to thousands of students around the world. His best-selling book, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into over twenty languages. Rinpoche’s most recent books are Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism, Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom, and an illustrated children’s book entitled Ziji: The Puppy that Learned to Meditate.

Mingyur Rinpoche

Teacher

Mu Seong

Teacher

About

Mu Soeng is the Resident Scholar at BCBS. He trained in the (Korean) Zen tradition and was a monk for eleven years. He is the author of Thousand Peaks: Korean Zen (Tradition and Teachers); The Diamond Sutra: Transforming the Way We Perceive the World; Trust in Mind: The Rebellion of Chinese Zen; and The Heart of the Universe: Exploring the Heart Sutra.

About

John Peacock is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly forty years. Trained initially in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India, he subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada. He lectured in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol, is Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teaches on the Master of Studies programme in MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University. John has been teaching meditation for more than twenty five years and is a Gaia House guiding teacher.

John Peacock

Teacher