Our Teachers

Our Teacher—James Baraz

James-Baraz James Baraz has been teaching meditation since 1978 and started the Thursday group in 1980. He is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center where, in addition to leading retreats, he coordinates the Community Dharma Leader program and is the teacher-advisor to the Spirit Rock Family and Teen program and the Kalyana Mitta (Spiritual Friends) Network. In addition, James created and teaches the popular Awakening Joy Course, leads meditation retreats nationally and internationally, and is on the International Advisory Board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

James teaches a six-week introductory meditation class in Berkeley two or three times each year for those interested in learning or reviewing the practice of mindfulness. Experienced meditators may arrange private interviews with him regarding their practice or for spiritual counseling.

Send an email if you would like to receive email updates about James’ upcoming beginning classes, Awakening Joy Course, and other teaching activities.

James’ Teaching Schedule
James’ schedule and information about his book Awakening Joy: Ten Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness that he co-authored with Shoshana Alexander is available on his website.

Our Teacher—Kate Munding

Kate-Janke Kate Munding has been practicing and studying Buddhist meditation since 2004. She has sat many long retreat in the US and Thailand and is part of the Spirit Rock/ IMS Teacher Training which started in 2013. Her teaching style is based in the tradition of Theravada Buddhism.

In 2008 she began teaching secular mindfulness to young adults as well as elementary and middle school students in their classrooms. Kate is the former Director of Training for Mindful Schools. In 2012, Kate founded Heart-Mind Education, a mindful education business developing and teaching mindfulness programs and trainings to students and the adults in their lives. To date she has taught mindfulness to over 2000 students in the Bay Area and has trained approximately 2500 educators, therapists, and parents in mindful awareness techniques and philosophy around the world.


Our-Teachers-Kids-3   All Talks in chronological order or guest Teachers at IMCB.