Teachers

Scott Bryce has been a psychotherapist and Buddhist practitioner since the mid-1990s, and he continues to explore how these two practices intersect.  Previous to becoming involved with Triangle Insight, he served for a number of years as a practice leader with the Eno River Buddhist Community.  His principal meditation practices have been Insight Meditation, Insight Dialogue, and Concentration.  In addition, he has found great value in sutta study, the precepts, and the five daily reflections.  Some of the teachers toward whom he feels particular gratitude are Ayya Sobhana, DaeJa Napier, Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia, Greg Scharf, Greg Kramer, and Leigh Brasington.  He also is grateful for Southern Dharma Retreat Center here in North Carolina, and for the study and retreat centers located in Barre, Massachusetts.

Phyllis Hicks is a seasoned meditator, psychotherapist and minister. For twenty-five years she has melded eastern and western understandings of psychology and contemplative practice, studying with a variety of western vipassana teachers since 1999. She has studied intensively with Gregory Kramer, the originator of Insight Dialogue, since 2004. She directs the Pastoral Care and Counseling Institute of Durham, a nonprofit center for counseling and clinical education, and teaches Insight Dialogue in the United States.

Cynthia Hughey has been practicing hatha yoga since 1971 and vipassana meditation since 1976. She taught yoga and introduction to vipassana meditation classes at the Yoga Spot which she co-founded. Teachers who have influenced her include Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield and, especially, her mentor, Phillip Moffitt. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Program, and is the Assistant Head of School at the Montessori Children’s House of Durham.

Jeanne van Gemert has been meditating since 1991 and is a psychotherapist, often utilizing the expressive arts, and sculptor. She integrates these practices of concentration and transformation with her work as a Mind/Body therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine. She interned with Jon Kabat-Zinn at the UMass Medical Center in 1995, completed the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock in 2008, and has been an Instructor in the Duke’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program since 1999. In addition to studying extensively with Shinzen Young and Tara Brach, Jeanne is looking forward to continued study with Leigh Brasington.

Ron Vereen is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1992.  As an instructor in the Duke Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, he has been teaching mindfulness to others since 1999.  He is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock, and has completed the Integrated Study and Practice Program of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. His principal teacher is Rodney Smith. He has also studied extensively with Shinzen Young, and more recently, Leigh Brasington, Taraniya Ambrosia, Andrew Olendzki, and Narayan Helen Liebenson.  His interests include exploring the interface between Western and Buddhist psychology.