Our Team

Joseph Emet

Joseph Emet

Joseph Emet started the Mindfulness Meditation Centre, because he had found the practice of mindfulness very helpful in his own life, and wanted to share it with others. Previously, he had tried other types of meditation practices various times in his life; he was sitting with good posture, and was sure that he looked like he was meditating, but he himself did not feel very clear about what was happening. He certainly had not been getting any of the good results enthusiastically described in books on meditation. Upon meeting Thich Nhat Hanh, he became intrigued with the practice of mindful breathing. He followed this up with an extended retreat at Plum Village, where in his spare time, he interviewed the monastics as to what exactly they were doing while seated in the meditation posture. They were kind enough to describe their own experiences for this curious and insistent visitor. He was getting a thorough grounding in Vipassana meditation as taught by Thich Nhat Hanh. He felt for the first time that he had grasped what meditation was. Some years later, 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.

Contact: jemet @ (Please remove all spaces).

Chantal Jacques – (Co-leader)

"Having been initiated into meditation in a Yoga class, I was looking to deepen this practice when I first visited the Mindfulness Meditation Centre. There, I was introduced to Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings (in 2002). They transformed my outlook on the world and the way I interact with it. Finding moments of peace and joy throughout my busy day at work, at home with my family, and in my free time is a pleasure."

Contact: jacqueschantal @ hotmail. com (Please remove all spaces).