Claire Villarreal

Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism

I'm the Programs Director for Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism, and I've been practicing meditation since 1997 and teaching it since 2004.  In 2015 I received my PhD in Religious Studies with an emphasis on contemplative philosophy from Rice University.  I enjoy teaching meditation in part because it's been so valuable in my own growth as a person--and in part because every time I teach a course, I also learn more and deepen my own practice.  The Supports for Meditation course draws on my experience in the Thai and Tibetan traditions of Buddhism to offer a secular presentation of meditation as a way to cultivate certain skills of the mind.

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