Meet the Board
We are a group of meditation instructors and practitioners whose lives have been radically transformed by the practice of meditation. Retreats have been essential to deepening our practice and building our community, and we want to make deep meditation experiences accessible to all, regardless of means.
We are a group of funders, professionals, practitioners, and teachers who believe in opening up this experience to everyone.
We are a global community of meditators, and all are welcome.
The Open Dharma Foundation was started by Dr. Tucker Peck, who, in the middle of a potentially fatal illness, decided he wanted to start such a foundation in his memory. When he made a full recovery, he decided not to wait.
President of the Board
Tucker is a meditation teacher and Clinical Psychologist. He studied meditation first with Sharon Salzberg and then with Upasaka Culadasa, who approved Tucker to teach. He lives in Alameda, California, an island in the San Francisco Bay.
Upasaka Upali (Paul Peterson)
Vice President of the Board
Upasaka Upali is a meditation teacher from a style that combines ancient meditation techniques with modern cognitive science. Upali believes in equity for all things empowering, including meditation. The first meditation retreat he ever attended was made possible by a scholarship. Everything has snowballed from there.
Jim is an engineer and community organizer living in Seattle, Washington. As one of the founding member of the Seattle Pragmatic Dharma Society, he hosts biweekly meditation discussion forums and group meditation sessions, as well as organizing retreats. His current work involves facilitating the growth of meditation groups through outreach and effective use of social technology. Jim is our Communications Director.
Noah Starbuck is a recruiter in Seattle. He has recently enjoyed helping facilitate a range of urban meditation meetups devoted to pragmatic, open discussion of practice. His own practice has focused on anapanasati, gladdening the mind, noting, conduct & aligning all aspects of life with insight. His vision is for deep meditation practice to become available to as wide an audience as possible in scalable & authentic ways. He is in charge of outreach for the Open Dharma Foundation.
June Lin-Arlow is a graduate student studying community mental health and clinical psychotherapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is passionate about building equity and improving access to mental health care for traditionally underserved communities. Before this, June spent 10 years working in the tech industry doing marketing and product development.
David Battan is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of a large financial services firm. He is a 1990 graduate of Duke University Law School and served in senior positions at several federal financial regulatory agencies. David currently serves on the Board of Directors of two federal securities exchanges and has also served on various advisory committees for U.S. regulatory agencies.
Michael is a film director and experience designer. He discovered meditation in 2006 through Tucker Peck, and later studied with Culadasa. He has created three short films which were featured in film festivals, and is currently working on a next-generation film and media event.