JOSEPH EMET is the author of SLEEP BETTER WITH MINDFULNESS MEDITATION (Penguin), BUDDHA’S BOOK OF STRESS REDUCTION (Penguin), and A BASKET OF PLUMS, Songs for the Practice of Mindfulness Meditation (Parallax Press). These three books all have forewords by Thich Nhat Hanh. His next book, BUDDHA’S BOOK OF MEDITATION, also published by Penguin, will be out in December. His book on sleep has won an award as the best self-help book of the year in 2012, and has been translated into 9 languages. The French version is entitled EN PYJAMA AVEC BUDDHA, and is published by Les Éditions de l’Homme.
Joseph started the Mindfulness Meditation Centre in 1997, because he had found the practice of mindfulness very helpful in his own life, and wanted to share it with others. On January 14, 2003, he was invited by Thich Nhat Hanh to receive the Lamp Transmission as a Dharma teacher. His Dharma name is Dwelling in Peaceful Concentration. He has been trying to live up to that name ever since. Joseph has trained several thousand people in mindfulness practices in large and small groups, for organizations, and in private sessions.
Joseph holds a Doctorate in Music from Boston University. He has been certified in Reality Therapy Counselling with Dr. William Glasser, and has been a Fulbright scholar. He has been a long time T’ai Chi practitioner with Master Lee Shiu Pak, one of the original Yang school students.
Contact: jemet @ gmail.com (Please remove all spaces).
Chantal Jacques – (Co-leader)
Chantal has been practicing since she was introduced to it in 2002 by Joseph Emet at the Mindfulness Meditation Center. It helps her to better respond to the stresses of working and parenting . She is an occupational therapist that has integrated her mindfulness practice into her work by offering guided meditations to hundreds of employees on their lunch break since 2008. In May of 2014, Chantal was invited by Thich Nhat Hanh to receive the tranmission of the lamp hence becoming a teacher in his lineage. She tries to live up to her name: True Force of Peace, in her work with veterans and members of the Canadian Armed Forces who suffer from operational stress injuries. She has trained in acceptance and commitment therapy and uses guided meditation to enhance outcomes in individual and group treatments.
Contact: jacqueschantal @ hotmail. com (Please remove all spaces).