DaeJa Napier is the founding and guiding teacher of the Brahma Vihara Foundation. She teaches Vipassana meditation with an emphasis on the cultivation of the four Brahma Viharas: loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. She has been practicing and studying in various Buddhist traditions since 1974. Her root teacher is the late Zen Master Seung Sahn. Her practice continues to be enriched through intensive practice under the guidance of Asian and Western teachers including Sayadaw U Pandita, Pa Auk Sayadaw and her western mentor, Joseph Goldstein. DaeJa has dedicated her life to exploring the traditional pathways to awakening and their application in daily life. Her conveyance of the Buddhist teachings and related practices reflect the more than 40 years spent raising five children while maintaining a formal practice.
DaeJa has a long and deep Insight Meditation (Vipassana) practice. She is an excellent teacher for all levels of practice.
– Gil Fronsdal
I have known DaeJa for more than forty years, and as one of her mentors, I have experienced her unwavering dedication to dharma study and practice. She has a clear, practical understanding of the Buddhist teachings and how to apply them in daily life. She responds to dharma students with intuitive precision and insight, guiding the unfolding of their meditative process both in Insight Meditation (Vipassana) and the boundless states of lovingkindness, compassion, appreciative-joy and equanimity (the Brahma Vihara Meditations).
– Joseph Goldstein