Dharma Gates: Making Intensive Meditation Accessible

Making Intensive Meditation Training Accessible


Mark Houghton


Zen Master Bon Haeng (Mark Houghton) became a student of Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1976. He received Transmission from Zen Master Seung Sahn, in April 2000. Zen Master Seung Sahn was the 78th Patriarch in his line of transmission in the Chogye order of Korean Buddhism, and founder of the Kwan Um School of Zen. He died on November 30, 2004, leaving a legacy which includes over a hundred temples, centers, and Zen groups around the world, and a living legacy, having given transmission to 13 Zen Masters who carry on his tradition and teaching style.

Zen Master Bon Haeng is a former guiding teacher of Cambridge Zen Center, where he was abbot for twelve years and lived for fourteen years. He is currently the guiding teacher of Providence Zen Center, Cypress Tree Zen Group, Gateless Gate Zen Center and Open Meadow Zen Group. A student of Zen Master Seung Sahn since 1976, he holds a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Antioch College. Prior to becoming a student of Zen Master Seung Sahn, he taught yoga for four years, living in ashrams in Boston, Washington D.C., and Tucson, Arizona. He has retired from working as an executive in his family's chemical company for many years.

Rabbi David Teva


Rabbi David is the director of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Wesleyan University as well as the director of Mindfulness at Wesleyan. He studied at Columbia University (BA), The Jewish Theological Seminary (BA), Yakar, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (MHL and Rabbinic Ordination), and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2015 he completed a second Smikha/Ordination with Aleph: Allliance for Jewish Renewal in the lineage of his beloved teacher and friend Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z'l.

Rabbi David has decades of experience working with young people and navigating university relations. Provides a valuable outside perspective with expertise in key areas.

Makaela Kingsley


Makaela Kingsley is Director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan University. She teaches Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship and the Patricelli Center Fellowship, a year-long, project-based, cohort-style program for student entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and changemakers. Makaela has many years of experience in advising new organizations and helping them manage the complexities of starting a new organization. She has been an integral advisor to the IMN since its inception, providing critical advice and feedback all along the start-up process.

Megan Prager

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Megan Prager is Compassion Programs Director at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness and an adjunct faculty member at San Diego State University. She is a Certified instructor and teacher trainer of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion, in addition to a teacher of Stanford's Compassion Cultivation Training. Megan specializes in developing and delivering mindfulness and compassion trainings for Fortune 500 and companies, as well as for educational, healthcare, and academic settings. She is passionate about collaborating with universities to embed Mindfulness and Compassion courses and values within institutions of higher education, and is currently working with institutions to offer workshops and courses for students, faculty and staff. In all her ventures, Megan’s passion and mission are the same: to empower individuals with an understanding of the important role they play in shaping their lives and well-being. Megan believes through compassionate awareness individuals are able to utilize the best resource they have: themselves.

Dharma Gates Inc. is a pending 501c3 Non-Profit Organization