Founder and Spiritual Director of Rocky Mountain Insight, Dr. Lucinda T. Green has been a student of eastern meditation since 1968. In 1970 she lived and studied in India for nine months as an undergraduate in college. In 1975 she began the practice of Vipassana meditation as part of her professional training as a mind/body integrative therapist. LucindaGreenPhD.com
In 1979 Dr. Green met her root teacher Ruth Denison, founder of Dhamma Dena, and teacher within the Burmese lineage (teachers U Ba Khin and Mahasi Sayadaw) and launched into an in-depth study and practice of Theravada Buddhism. From 1979-1984 she supplemented her study with retreats and classes held by various Buddhist teachers including Munindra, U Silananda, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rina Sircar, and Christopher Titmus.
From 1980 – 1984, as part of her Ph.D. program, Dr. Green studied intensively at the Nyingma Institute, (Tibetan Buddhist) in Berkeley, CA, including topics such as the Abhidharmma (Buddhist Psychology), Buddhism and Western Psychology and Tibetan Yoga. In 1982 Dr. Green co-created the Buddhist Women’s Sangha, an Inter-denominational Buddhist group, who held weekly sittings, celebrations, monthly one day retreats and a study group.
In 1985 Dr. Green lived monastically for four and a half months in a Theravada Buddhist nunnery in Sri Lanka under the tutelage of the late Venerable Ayya Khema and returned to complete a three month silent retreat at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA.
Dr. Green began holding weekly meditation meetings in Colorado Springs in 1994. The weekly sitting group grew to over thirty regular participants by 1999. Dr. Green held some one day and weekend retreats during this period in addition to teaching various courses on vipassana meditation and Buddhist Dharma topics. In 1999 Dr. Green and the ongoing participants of the weekly sitting group decided to incorporate as Rocky Mountain Insight in order to further the goal of finding larger space to accommodate growing weekly attendance and to begin the first step towards opening a retreat center in Colorado Springs. Rocky Mountain Insight was incorporated in June, 1999 and received IRS tax exemption in February, 2000.
Michele Sneath was raised as a Unitarian Universalist where she first began her interest in eastern philosophy, primarily Taoism. When she moved to Colorado Springs in 1990 she joined the Unitarian church. The church offered an introduction to Buddhism course taught by Dr. Lucinda Green. Vipassana meditation and Buddhism became an instant fit. She began her practice in February, 1998 and has been a Vipassana practionerever since. She received Dharma transmission from Dr. Green in October, 2005. She is employed by Colorado Springs School District 11 as a physical therapist.
Victor Bradford has been a member of Rocky Mountain Insight since the spring of 2002. Before that, he had practiced meditation in the Vipassana tradition for just over thirty years. He received his Master’s Degree in Philosophy (Asian) from the University of Hawaii in 1972, where he studied with Dr. David Kalupahana and visited India, Thailand, and Sri Lanka while on an East-West Center Grant. From 1972 until 2002, Victor worked to develop a sound philosophical foundation for the Dharma, and considers persistence, awareness, trust, and happiness in the Dharma to be especially valuable. Victor has also meditated in the Christian monastic tradition and considers this to affirm the diversity of meditative experience. Victor also volunteers as a dentist with a local hospice and children’s clinic and works as a community health dentist.
Matt Hane A Practice Lead and Mediation Instructor at Rocky Mountain Insight (RMI) for the past two years, Matt has practiced Vipassana meditation since 2008. His areas of focus are teaching meditation fundamentals, leading guided metta (loving-kindness) meditations, and sharing mindfulness tools such body-scan and stress management techniques. In addition to leading mediation practice at RMI, Matt also teaches mediation at the fortune 500 company where he works and guides mediation at other non-profit groups in Colorado Springs. In 2017, Matt is starting up a Professional and Executive Coaching practice where he incorporates mindfulness and coaching techniques to help clients reach their full potential.
David Reinberger has been practicing with Rocky Mountain Insight since 2010 and has served as a Practice Lead and Meditation Instructor since 2011. His Vipassana practice has helped him see things as they are, and he is committed to RMI’s goal of sharing the Dharma. David is currently serving as President of the RMI Board of Trustees.