JAYA RUDGARD – co-founder, now guest teacher
Mindfulness has been part of my life since I first discovered it as a teenager in the 1980s. From 1996-2005 I lived as a Theravadan Buddhist nun in the Forest Sangha in the UK with Ajahn Sumedho as my teacher. In this tradition mindfulness in all aspects of daily life is the cornerstone of practice, so I learned first hand why the Buddha described it as the “direct path” out of suffering. This is because it takes us beyond any religion or dogma to learn from our direct experience and begin to see clearly for ourselves what leads to suffering and what leads to freedom.
My passion is sharing this inquiry and path of practice with others whatever their religious beliefs or none. This is why I like to teach both inside and outside the context of traditional Buddhism. I am constantly learning with and from my students about how mindfulness and contemplative wisdom can be integrated into and inform our ordinary daily lives in a way that supports our own deeper wellbeing and that of those around us.