Franca Leeson has been teaching meditation in meditation centres, community centres, and in private sessions since 2000. She has also presented meditation and creativity sessions at Mindcamp in Toronto since 2003 and at the CREA (Creativity European Association) Conference in Italy since 2005.
She became interested in Buddhist meditation in the early 1980s, and took refuge in 1981 with Chöje Lama Namse Rinpoche in Toronto. Since then she has received teachings and initiations from senior Tibetan teachers, including Kalu Rinpoche, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, Ponlop Rinpoche, and others. She also has had the benefit of the teaching and encouragement of a number of outstanding Western teachers, including Catherine Jetsun Yeshe. These days she studies in the Dzogchen tradition with Ruth Gilbert and Jon Parmenter, and benefits greatly from the mentoring, encouragement, and friendship of Ken McLeod of Unfettered Mind.
Her particular interest is in helping people develop a meditation practice in the context of their life, whatever that includes: work, children, marriage, family responsibilities. When she’s not meditating or teaching, she’s walking, creating websites, or making music.
“Waking up isn’t about getting somewhere, or becoming something that we are not. We are already awake — it’s just covered over with notions of who we are, who we should be, and how everything else should be. Meditation practice helps us notice, investigate, and let go of patterns that block our experience of life. –Franca Leeson”