Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, PhD, is the Abbot of The Village Zendo in New York City. A Soto Zen Priest and certified Zen Teacher, she received dharma transmission in both the Soto and Rinzai lines of Zen Buddhism, through the White Plum Lineage. Roshi currently serves as the Guiding Spiritual Teacher for the New York Center For Contemplative Care. She also serves as Co-Spiritual Director of the Zen Peacemaker Family, a spiritual, study and social action association. She has taught annually at Centre of Gravity. Enkyo Roshi’s focus is on the expression of Zen through caring, service, and creative response. Her Five Expressions of Zen form the matrix of study at the Village Zendo: Meditation, Study, Communication, Action, and Caring.


David Loy, PhD, currently holds the Besl Family Chair of Ethics/Religion and Society, a visiting appointment at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Singapore. He served as professor of philosophy at Bunkyo University in Chigasaki, Japan until 2006. In 1971, he began practicing Zen with Robert Aitken Roshi in Hawaii and is an authorized teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen Buddhism, where he completed formal koan training under Zen Master Yamada Koun Roshi. David has co-taught with Michael Stone and is pleased to support the work of Centre of Gravity Sangha.

Dr. Loy is author of:

  • Nonduality: A study in Comparative Philosophy, 1988
  • Lack and Transcendence: The Problem of Death and Life in Psychotherapy, Existentialism, and Buddhism, 1996
  • A Buddhist History of the West: Studies in Lack, 2002
  • The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory, 2003
  • The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons: Buddhist Themes in Modern Fantasy


Norman Feldman attended his first Insight Meditation retreat in 1971, while traveling in India. Since then, he has practiced and studied with many teachers in the Theravada, Tibetan and Zen traditions of Buddhism, as well as spending time with teachers in the Advaita-Vedanta tradition of Hinduism. He has spent long periods of time without a home, practicing intensively in India, Thailand and Sri Lanka, as well as in the West. He has also lived in Buddhist communities in England and Canada. Norman began teaching Insight Meditation retreats in 1986, and since then he has regularly taught throughout Canada and the US, as well as at Gaia House retreat centre in England, in Bodh Gaya, India and in Israel. As well as leading traditional, formal Insight Meditation retreats, Norman also offers forms of practice that facilitate the integration of meditation into daily life. These have included canoe retreats, study classes in the Buddhist texts, non-residential retreats that emphasize the integration of meditative awareness, insight and inquiry into daily life, and pilgrimage to the sacred Buddhist sites of India and Nepal. Norman is a co-founder and Guiding Teacher of True North Insight Meditation Centre, and can be reached through his Insight Meditation Retreats website. Prior to offering the Dhamma full-time, Norman was a shiatsu therapist and a pharmacist. Norman lives in Guelph, Ontario with his partner Molly Swan. In the past 4 years, he has taught days at Centre of Gravity and has co-led retreats with Michael. He is very happy to be a part of the evolution of Centre of Gravity.


Molly Swan has been engaging in spiritual inquiry and meditation practice since the 1980’s in North America, India, and England, primarily with teachers in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, but also in the traditions of Korean Zen and Hindu Advaita-Vedanta . Molly was first invited to teach in 1997, a journey that took her to India, Israel, England and the States, as well as to Canada. A part of Molly's practice has been supporting others in accessing the precious gift of the Buddhist teachings. She is a co-founder and guiding Teacher for True North Insight Meditation Centre, she organized and managed retreats for many years in India and Canada, and co-managed at Gaia House Retreat Centre in England in 1987. Currently, Molly teaches retreats in Ontario and is heartfully engaged as co-author and facilitator (with her partner Norman Feldman and with Michael Stone) of a Mentorship Program which trains and supports those who wish to deepen their meditation practice and begin sharing it with others.