Bilha Birman Rivlin

Bilha is a long-time practitioner and teacher of insight mindful meditation, who has recently earned her PhD from the Theatre department at Wayne State University where she wrote her dissertation on the creative process and the path of transformation.

Bilha has been practicing insight Mindful Meditation and studying
Buddhist teachings since 2003. For over ten years, she has taught, IM
meditation along with Buddhist philosophy and practices, and led
retreats in the Ann Arbor area through Deep Spring Center, Ann Arbor Rec & Ed, Turner Senior Center, and the Still Mountain Buddhist Meditation Center where she is an active member on its Teachers’ Council.

Bilha’s journey with Insight Meditation and Drama looks at the direct interrelation between the creative process, the mindful awareness of one’s choices, and its responsible engagement with social change. The integration of Dharma and Drama is Bilha’s guiding passion and her unique contribution to her teachings. It is her path into the soulful life we aspire to live, with awareness, wisdom and compassion to the self and the other.

In 2003 Bilha moved with her family from Israel to the US and is currently residing in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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    Karen Mori

    Karen began studying vipassana meditation in 2003 with the teachers of Deep Spring Center as a way to gain perspective on the anxiety she was experiencing about her husband’s illness.  The practice has been invaluable in helping her be present with the moment-by-moment arising of experience and the ever-present spaciousness inherent in our thoughts and emotions.  She resonates with the practices of kindness and compassion and has found that the open heart has room for everything we experience in life.

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    Mary Grannan

    Still Mountain Center Teacher

    Way back in 1976 I began to meditate. I found it helpful for calming my mind and for dealing with the rigors of raising three sons, caring for my husband, a household, and my job as a Social Worker. But, there was no form to sustain my practice and bit by bit it faded from my life.

    Then in about 2000 I was introduced to Buddhism and I was home! It provided the form that was previously missing, along with an interpretation of life which embodied both the human aspect and the mystery. After a few years of practice I entered teacher’s training and have since found sharing the Dharma with others provides my life with a deep joy, ease and a sense of connection with all that is.

    To be with others on their journey of spiritual development is, for me, a privilege that opens my heart and deepens my practice.

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      Hugh Danville

      Still Mountain Meditation Center Teacher

      Hugh began his meditation practice in the late 1980’s, when he was introduced to Tibetan Nyingma Buddhist meditation practices and philosophy by Peggy Lippitt. The focus of this practice was the cultivation of the Four Immeasurables; Loving kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity as antidotes to the three poisons of Greed, Hatred and Ignorance.

      After Peggy’s death in 1999, Hugh started attending Sunday morning sittings at the Deep Spring Center and soon was an active member of the community studying Insight or Vipassana Meditation. It was at the Deep Spring Center that Hugh met his second teacher Susan Weir (now with Insight Meditation Ann Arbor). He began a three-year teacher training program in 2009 and started team teaching “Introduction to Insight Meditation” classes in 2012. In 2013, Hugh became a founding member of the Still Mountain Buddhist Meditation Center in Ann Arbor. Hugh has led Introduction to Insight Mediation classes in both the Ann Arbor and Plymouth/Canton areas and currently leads a Monday evening sitting in Plymouth.

      Hugh’s personal approach to meditation is eclectic. While his practice is primarily Insight Meditation, he continues to use some of the guided meditations, Tonglen and other practices he learned in his Tibetan Buddhist practice years.

      Hugh worked at Ford Motor Company for 34 years and is now retired. Hugh has been married for 32 years and has three adult children. He lives in Canton and is a home visit volunteer at Angela Hospice in Livonia.

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        David Lawson

        Still Mountain Lead Teacher

        David has been practicing various forms of meditation since 1988. He was fortunate to learn the practice of Theravada vipassana (or “insight meditation”) in 1994 from Barbara Brodsky and started to teach in accordance with that method in 1998. David has trained as a teacher in both the Theravada and Tibetan traditions (Ken McLeod). Since 1998, he has led meditation retreats, classes and workshops in a variety of settings, including meditation communities, universities, prison systems and elsewhere. He also meets individually with practitioners as support for their practice and Dharma study.

        In 2014, David co-founded Still Mountain Buddhist Meditation Center and currently leads the Teachers Council for that organization. He is especially interested in exploring ways in which the Buddha’s teachings can be applied to our most pressing daily challenges.

        Although his primary practice remains rooted in the Theravada tradition, David believes that much can be learned through dialogue across the major Buddhist traditions. In 2015-16, David underwent one year of training in a Buddhist chaplaincy program in the Soto Zen tradition and subsequently received Jukai from Roshi Joan Halifax in 2016.