Mr. David Johnson has been in residence at DSMC since 2010. He is a long time senior student of Bhante Vimalaramsi  and is author of "The Path to Nibbana"

David Johnson

On his "To Do" list are just a few items below:

  • Secretary /Treasurer for DSMC

  • Guides monthly Online Retreats since Jan 2015

  • Taught/led first on-site Thxgiving Retreat at St. Francis Nov 2017

  • MO Retreats Manager -Co-manage daily affairs of the center.

  • Webmaster

  • Book Production : Compiled and created "Moving Dhamma Volume 1". Published "Breath of Love" ; "Life is Meditation...", Dhamma Leaf Series; Video Talks on Dhamma on Amazon Prime.

  • Developed Iphone and Android free App to listen to Bhante's talks.

  • Co-wrote "A Guide to Tranquil Wisdom Meditation (T.W.I.M.)

  • Authored below "The Path to Nibbana"

  • Video Production - produces all films for Bhante V found on website and YouTube.

  • Social Media -Manager Facebook and Youtube Channels.

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Author of  "The Path to Nibbana: The Progress of 'Mindfulness of Loving-kindness Meditation through the Tranquil Aware Jhanas to Awakening"  2017 - updated 2019 with new chapters. A complete Meditation Guide to TWIM.

David Johnson is also currently a Kappiya / personal attendant for Ven. Vimalaramsi. He did a temporary ordination under Bhante Vimalaramsi and put on the robes for 3 weeks as a samenera

David was a student of many Vipassana retreats using the Mahasi method from the age of 19 and is versed in the suttas and all areas of the Tripitaka.  He spent nearly 20 years on and off retreat. He has done 10+ retreats with Bhante V. and been his student since 2006.

He has archived video footage of and met personally Dipa Ma and Mahasi Sayadaw and previously meditated under Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield and U Silananda. He worked on a video project for Jack Kornfield. He has brought the footage of these great teachers to the internet for all to enjoy. 

He was also a Meditation Center Retreat Manager for the Stillpoint Institute, a San Jose, California based Vipassana Center in the mid 70's. Here he assisted in the growth of the center and managed financial and administrative affairs. Interestingly he knew a tall gentleman at the center with long red hair who he would later study under: Bhante Vimalaramsi before he became a monk.

In the 1980's to 2010 he worked in the San Francisco Bay Area at a number of networking companies as a production and logistics manager.  He decided to join Bhante in his mission to bring TWIM to the world in 2010 and moved to Missouri on a permanent basis.  

You can contact him directly at

Thanksgiving Retreat Nov 2017 led by

David Johnson

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