Frank Ostaseski, is a Buddhist teacher, founder of the Metta Insititute and co-founder of Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, and author of the Five Invitiations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. Frank first came to North Idaho in 1994, to work with Bonner Community Hospice’s staff and volunteers in developing a mindfulness practice as a foundation for their work with the dying. Gradually other local residents began to attend his workshops and retreats. In 2009 he encouraged the formation of Sandpoint Sangha and agreed to serve as the guiding teacher.
Some time later, Frank invited Linda Ries and Terry Iddins to join him as supporting teachers. Both continue to serve the sangha.
In October 2023, Frank chose to retire as guiding teacher leaving the responsibility for the future of Sandpoint Sangha in the hands of the sangha membership with the guidance of the two supporting teachers and the Board of Directors.
For more information on Frank’s teaching visit: https://frankostaseski.com/
Terry Iddins has been and continues to be a supporting teacher.
Linda Ries has been an active member of the Sandpoint Sangha since its beginning in year 2000. She first served as a board member, later as weekly facilitator for sangha meetings for six years, and as co-teachers with Frank and Terry in residential retreats. Linda moved to the foothills of the Sierras in Calif 3 years ago to be with family. Linda’s orientation of meditation is through evoking the direct experience and embodiment of the teachings of the Buddha through body/mind/heart.
She utilizes her 25 years of experience of teaching of yoga (RYT500); and trauma-based stress reduction (certified iRest Yoga Nidra instuctor). Linda currently teaches the Sandpoint Sangha on a regular basis through zooms, and continues her teachings in the foothills of Sierras in Calif to Cancer patients.
Venerable Sangye Khadro California-born, Ven. Sangye Khadro ordained as a Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery in 1974, and is a longtime friend and colleague of Abbey founder Ven. Thubten Chodron. Ven. Sangye Khadro took the full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988. While studying at Nalanda Monastery in France in the 1980s, she helped to start the Dorje Pamo Nunnery, along with Ven. Chodron. Ven. Sangye Khadro has studied Buddhism with many great masters including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok. She began teaching in 1979 and was a resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for 11 years. She followed the Masters Program at Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy from 2008 – 2013, and was resident teacher at the FPMT center in Denmark from 2016-2017. Ven. Sangye Khadro has taught several reteats and courses at Sravasti Abbey, including Dealing with Difficult Emotions in 2017, Meditative Concentration retreat in 2018, and Peaceful Living, Peaceful Dying courses in 2019 and 2020. Ven. Sangye Khadro has authored several books, including the best-selling, How to Meditate, now in its 17th printing, which has been translated into thirteen languages.