About me


Jessica Swanson is a Theravada Buddhist meditator in the lineage of Luang Por Chah and Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery. She has trained with Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro, Ajahn Sudanto and Sakula over the course of nearly 15 years. Jessica is an Upasika, following the five lay precepts and drawing close to monastics whenever possible.

Jessica teaches meditation workshops at the YWCA Clark County for women with personal trauma and leads classes at Portland Friends of the Dhamma, a lay center in Portland, Oregon. Her classes include Reflections, Dhamma Friends Children’s Program, Introduction to Meditation, Brightening the Mind, Centered on Saturday and now The Friendly Heart. A two-time PFoD board member, she helped found the Pacific Hermitage, and assisted a meditation class for inmates at Portland’s Columbia River Correctional Institution for three years.

She is a writer and editor living in Vancouver, Wash., with her husband and two small children, and the center of her practice is family life.

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With gratitude for your practice,