Our Teachers, Eileen & Jack co-founded Mountain Lamp Community. Together they bring together the Diamond Sangha and Plum Village traditions. They are dedicated to the development of Lay Practice in the Pacific Northwest.
Eileen is an ecologist by training and a vegetable gardener by passion, but the practice and support of the Dharma has been her primary focus for the 30+ years. She received Lamp Transmission as a Dharma teacher in 1990 from the Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh and has spent the years since teaching the Dharma. Over the years she has led retreats in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Canada and Australia. Her primary focus is in support of lay Dharma practice in the Pacific Northwest.
Jack was given permission to teach in 1992 by Robert Aitken Roshi and was made dharma heir in 1997, one of 5 in North America. He is the teacher for Three Treasures Sangha in Seattle. He brings his roles of spouse, father and psychotherapist, along with years of endangered species work and wilderness wanderings to his teaching.
“All who practice diligently and wholeheartedly are cultivating the ground of intimacy. This cultivation allows us to discover and create the poetry of our lives and the poetry of this utterly unknowable moment.” — Jack & Eileen
Kate Marchevskova (Mot Tam) received Lamp Transmission as a Mountain Lamp teacher from Eileen Kiera in 2019. She first encountered and fell in love with the Dharma in the early 1990s, ordained in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing in 1996 and founded sanghas in Seattle and Mexico City. Her decades-long work as a hospice RN informs her practice. Her work and practice support the deep compassion and understanding that she brings to students and her teaching. She has studied with Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Duffy Roshi, and Eileen Kiera who is her root teacher.
Sheila Canal, True Spiritual Understanding, went on her first retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh in Spring, 1991. There she met Eileen Kiera and found a spiritual home and practice. Decades of devotion to Thay’s teachings, the mindfulness trainings and caring for family, friends and community has helped change internal fear and anger into gratitude for life. In June, 2018, Sheila received Lamp Transmission at Plum Village, France becoming a new Dharma Teacher.
Suzanne Cooper has been studying and practicing with Eileen Kiera for over 10 years, & has been a student of Thich Nhat Hanh's for 20 years. She recently retired from a medical career spanning 40 years & during that time, started one of the first Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention groups in the country, for people recovering from chemical dependency.