Matthew first embraced the Dharma through the Dalai Lama’s teachings on wise action and the virtues of living an ethical life for the benefit of all beings. Seeing his day-to-day life immediately benefit from training in ethics and compassionate action, he began sitting his first silent retreats at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein.
Based in the Boston area, Matthew has had the great fortune to have IMS as a primary place to support his retreat practice, and Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC) to support his practice in daily life. At CIMC he has studied with and received invaluable mentorship from Narayan Liebenson, Larry Rosenberg, and Madeline Klyne.
Matthew’s natural way of teaching is to approach mindfulness from a primary orientation of compassion & kindness, and help practitioners discover confidence (and wonder) in the immediacy of freedom available in this moment. He has a strong interest in intentionally developing relationship to make the unconscious conscious, especially in the service of transforming conditioning we inherit through our social locations (e.g., gender, race, sexual orientation). For the last several years he has led and learned from multiple affinity-based communities exploring privilege, identity, internalized oppression, and compassionate engagement.
Since 2012, Matthew has taught in spaces ranging from schools and prisons to fast-growing tech-startups. He now enjoys a full life of bringing Buddha-dharma and contemplative practices to people in both broad and deep contexts: He teaches classes and builds ongoing relationships with new & dedicated students as a core teacher at CIMC, and spreads the development of wisdom and wellbeing to wider audiences through his work in content development at Ten Percent Happier.
Matthew Hepburn is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program, and finds continued inspiration growing with, and learning from, the deepening friendships blossoming there.