Pierre Zakarauskas, Ph.D.

Pierre was drawn to practicing the Dharma as a way to line up his understanding of the world as a physicist with how it felt to be human. Science provided him with a particular understanding of the world, including the mind, but it had nothing to say on how to live a good life, a happy and full life. A meditator since 1995 and a daily practioner since 2002, in 2004 Pierre decided to devote a substantial portion of his time meditating, both at home and on silent retreats. Pierre’s main teachers were Ayya Khema and Leigh Brasington, in the Theravadin tradition, who taught the sutta jhanas as a way to cultivate the mind prior to, or alongside, insight practice.

Pierre has been leading sitting groups in Vancouver since 2008. He now uses The Mind Illuminated (TMI) structured method by Culadasa to teach samatha and Vipassana. He greatly appreciates TMI for its detailed, step-by-step approach, free of supernatural concepts. He is working on a book whose working title is “Awakening is for Skeptics Too!” but is comfortable working with people having any belief system. Pierre lives in Vancouver, BC, with his wife, Jennifer.