Walt Opie is a Buddhist teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition. He is currently a trainee in the Insight Meditation Society's (IMS) 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program.


He is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders training program, mentored by Kevin Griffin (author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps). Walt has led sitting groups specifically for people in addiction recovery since 2011. He began assisting and teaching on residential insight meditation retreats in 2017.


Since 2014, he has served as a volunteer teacher with Buddhist Pathways Prison Project inside prisons in California and has also served on their nonprofit board.


His most influential teachers include: Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Bhikkhu Anālayo, Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Pasanno, Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Carol Wilson, and Gil Fronsdal.


His writing appears in the book collection Still, In the City: Creating Peace of Mind in the Midst of Urban Chaos edited by Angela Dews (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018).


Walt served as a communications professional with Spirit Rock Meditation Center for seven years. He received an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts in 2004. In the past, he has worked in the tech industry as an editor and customer relations professional. He also holds a BFA in Photography from California College of the Arts, as well as a BA in English from University of Richmond. 


He lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife and daughter.



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