Pat Coffey began his meditation practice forty years ago and teaches both domestically and internationally. He has studied with numerous Asian and Western teachers in the Theravada, Tibetan, and Zen traditions. Pat is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville, VA and the Blue Ridge Prison Project, co-founder of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute, and co-founder of the Awareness Training Institute along with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. Down-to-earth, real-world, practical dharma is the hallmark of his teaching. The father of two children, owner of several businesses, and holder of several patents, Pat draws on his varied and rich life experience to articulate the dharma.