Welcome to the Pragmatic Dharma Foundation

We are a small, 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide scholarships to meditation retreats, allowing students to participate who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to.

How Do I Support the Pragmatic Dharma Foundation?

We’re glad you asked!  You can support students who can’t afford to attend a meditation with either a monthly donation or a one-time donation using PayPal:

About Us


Tucker Peck
Tucker is a meditation teacher and Clinical Psychologist. He studied meditation first with Sharon Salzberg and then with Upasaka Culadasa, who approved Tucker to teach. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, where he runs a clinic, works as a private practice psychologist, and teaches meditation both locally and over video chat.  He is the president of the Pragmatic Dharma Foundation board.
Jim Irving
Jim is an engineer and community organizer living in Seattle, Washington. As one of the founding member of the Seattle Pragmatic Dharma Society, he hosts biweekly meditation discussion forums and group meditation sessions, as well as organizing retreats. His current work involves facilitating the growth of meditation groups through outreach and effective use of social technology.  Jim is our communications director.
Chelsea McGuire
Chelsea is a student of Tucker Peck in the Pragmatic Dharma tradition for over 5 years. Her first week-long meditation retreat was during her years as a medical student and was sponsored by a dear friend. Chelsea is is thrilled to be part of the PDF board to make similar experiences possible for meditators like her. She is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has published peer-reviewed research on the integration of Mind-Body medicine into Primary Care. Chelsea is currently third-year Family Medicine resident at Boston Medical Center and will be staying on at Boston University as an academic primary care fellow starting in July 2018.
Upasaka Upali (Paul Peterson)
Upasaka Upali is a meditation teacher from a style that combines ancient meditation techniques with modern cognitive science. He studies meditation with Upasaka Culadasa, author of The Mind Illuminated and lives in the Southeastern United States where he teaches meditation both locally and online. Upali believes in equity for all things empowering, including the dharma, and manifests this by teaching in underserved communities in the Southeast. The first meditation retreat he ever attended was made possible by a scholarship. Everything has snowballed from there.  Upali is the Executive Director of the Pragmatic Dharma Foundation.
Upasaka Nandaka (Chris Gagné)
Upasaka Nandaka is a experienced Agile Coach, senior product leader, and meditation teacher-in-training in San Francisco, CA. His wish is to bring pragmatic, non-sectarian, but fully-authentic meditation instruction to corporate environments to reduce suffering and improve performance.  He is our webmaster.
David Battan
David Battan is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of a large financial services firm.  He is a 1990 graduate of Duke University Law School and served in senior positions at several federal financial regulatory agencies.  David currently serves on the Board of Directors of two federal securities exchanges and has also served on various advisory committees for U.S. regulatory agencies.
June Lin
June Lin is a graduate student studying community mental health and clinical psychotherapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is passionate about building equity and improving access to mental health care for traditionally underserved communities. Before this, June spent 10 years working in the tech industry doing marketing and product development.  June is the Pragmatic Dharma Foundation’s treasurer.
  Noah Starbuck
Noah Starbuck is a recruiter in Seattle. He has recently enjoyed helping facilitate a range of urban meditation meetups devoted to pragmatic, open discussion of practice. His own practice has focused on anapanasati, gladdening the mind, noting, conduct & aligning all aspects of life with insight. His vision is for deep meditation practice to become available to as wide an audience as possible in scalable & authentic ways. He is in charge of outreach for Pragmatic Dharma Foundation.

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