Upasaka Upali (aka Paul Peterson) is a meditation instructor who works with beginning to advanced meditators. Upali’s teaching style strives to provide tangible instruction, inspire consistent practice, and to create a rewarding meditation experience.
He has taught broad and diverse audiences from adult professionals seeking stress reduction to elementary students in underserved communities. He began teaching in the Southeastern United States where he would travel once a month to a Federal Prison in Virginia to talk about meditation with inmates of a prison Sangha (meditation community). He later moved to South America, where he was encouraged to continue his teaching practice by Tucker Peck, Ph.D. through teaching beginning meditation classes online. Since then, his online teaching practice has expanded, which he has found to be a delightful way to connect with meditation practitioners from all over the world.
After arriving back in the United States, Upali began a local meditation Sangha in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Additionally, he became a teacher for the Mindful Schools Program where he taught mindfulness to elementary students in underserved communities of Chattanooga. In April of 2018, he completed a one month Teacher in Residence program at Dharma Treasure with Upasaka Culadasa. Since the program, Upali has increased his teaching of in-person meditation retreats and has enjoyed seeing the benefit and progress silent retreats create for practitioners. He is currently a teacher in training with Culadasa, the author of The Mind Illuminated.