Howie has led the Mission Dharma sitting group in San Francisco for over 30 years. He has practiced meditation since 1972, has led vipassana retreats since 1985, and is a senior teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Howie has studied with many Asian and western teachers of several traditions, including Theravada, Zen, Dzogchen and Advaita Vedanta, and has been strongly influenced by contact with the Indian master H.W.L. Poonja. Howie is known by his students for his kindheartedness and warm sense of humor.
Catherine first encountered Buddhism when a friend invited her to Green Gulch Farm Zen Center 25 years ago, and learned to meditate in the Zen tradition.
She was introduced to Vipassana and Spirit Rock Meditation Center while working as an intern for dharma teacher and radio host Wes “Scoop” Nisker on his KFOG show – “If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own” – and found her spiritual home in Vipassana practice. She is grateful to have joined the Mission Dharma sangha in 2015. Catherine enjoys walking, writing, backpacking, and playing the violin.
Mary fell in love with meditation in 1997 and has practiced and studied in Tibetan traditions before coming to Insight Meditation ten years ago. She is one of three co-leaders of Insight Richmond, weekly sangha in her hometown of Richmond. In addition, she graduated from Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program 2017, and has taught beginning meditation classes at Mission Dharma. Mary has taken the lead in bringing mindfulness classes and sitting groups for staff and physicians at Kaiser San Francisco, where she works as an administrative manager.
Noemi has been part of the Mission Dharma sangha for almost nine years and Howard Cohn is her primary dharma teacher. She has studied Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. However she is most nurtured in the Theravada/Vipassana tradition. Noemi has been to several residential retreats and practices in the dharma everyday. She has devoted her life to working for social justice, working in racial equality, ending violence against women and disability rights. Sometimes she’s a poet.
Kathy became interested in meditation at the beginning of 2019. Soon after she started practicing meditation, she found Mission Dharma and became a regular visitor of its Tuesday Nights. Besides working as an accounting manager during weekdays, Kathy loves all kinds of music and attends live music. Her favorite is electronic music and becoming a part-time DJ is on her bucket list. Kathy is an animal lover, and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing and tennis.