Mudra Institute Teachers

Craig Warren Smith

Dr. Craig Warren Smith

Director and founder of Mudra Institute is Dr. Craig Warren Smith, a longtime teacher of Buddhism and one of Trungpa Rinpoche’s early students. He first taught Mudra at Naropa Institute in 1974 and contemplated Mudra applications as a professor of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and as an advisor to United Nations, Microsoft, Intel and health care institutions.


Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette  

Acharya Suzann Duquette

Suzann Duquette began her training  intensively in Mudra in Berkeley in 1974, in a group led by Dr.  Craig Warren Smith. Duquette collaborated with Smith in 2002 as co-directors of the “Mudra Dathün” (30-day retreat) at Karme Choling Meditation Center. That program has been considered the most intensive continuous exploration of Mudra so far over the years, yielding Mudra Slogans and other innovations. In more recent years, Suzann has convened Mudra teachers to explore common views and methods. She now incorporates Mudra in her annual worldwide teaching schedule and  plans in-depth trainings at Karme Choling.  She joined Mudra Institute as a teacher in 2018.  

Greg Heffron

Greg Heffron MFA

Greg Heffron MFA owns and manages Green Zone Conversation where he teaches mindful communication with author and Buddhist teacher Susan Chapman. He has been a mindfulness meditation teacher in the Shambhala Lineage since 2005. In 2005, he apprenticed Craig Smith and become authorized to teach Mudra Space Awareness. In 2007, Smith and Heffron taught this practice in a workshop for fouth-year students in the Dance Division at The Juilliard School in New York City. His background is in creative writing, having earned an MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from the University of Iowa in 2003.


Vicky Moyle

Vicky Moyle

Vicky Moyle began practicing and studying Mudra Space Awareness in 2012 with Greg Heffron and Craig Smith in Bellingham, and was given authorization to teach Mudra in 2015.  Vicky also teaches Mathematics, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a graduate of Karuna Training.  She has taught meditation instruction in the Shambhala Lineage since 2016, and formerly practiced in a Rinzai Zen lineage for 13 years.