Jessica Swanson, Lay Teacher
Jessica Swanson is a Theravada Buddhist meditator in the lineage of Luang Por Chah and Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery. In training since 2003, Jessica is a board officer of the Sanghata Foundation, the stewarding organization of the Pacific Hermitage, a small Buddhist monastery in White Salmon, Wash., which she helped found.
Jessica has taught several classes at PFOD, including Introduction to Meditation, Introduction to the Five Precepts, Brightening the Mind: How to Practice with the Six Recollections, and The Friendly Heart: A Practical Approach to Loving Kindness. For three years, she co-led a weekly meditation class for inmates at Portland’s Columbia River Correctional Institution and offered meditation workshops for domestic violence survivors at the YWCA. Today, she co-leads Sunday Sila and leads the Upasika Training Program at PFOD.
Jessica lives in Vancouver, Wash., with her husband and two children.