Sujata Yasa (Nancy Spence)

  • north carolina, united states


About The Teacher

Since her first reading of the teachings of Gautama Buddha in A Buddhist Bible in 1976, Nancy Spence-Edwards has avidly and sincerely practiced offering the Buddha, the Dharma, and Sangha.  To deepen her own practice, she began lay training at Vichara Bodhiyana Monastery in Greeley Hill, California, under Jay Dupont, Roshi.  She entered Priest training there in 1979 and was ordained as Yasa. She then trained as a Lay Minister at Shasta Abbey in Mt. Shasta, California, receiving her Lay Minister certification in 1984. Most recently, she was ordained as Lay Teacher Sujata Yasa in 2012 and goes by this name now.


As a Buddhist Teacher, Sujata is known and appreciated for her clear, insightful presentations of the Dharma, from which practitioners often have “aha” realizations. She is recognized for her educating, mentoring, and counseling endeavors.


Sujata recognizes that practitioners benefit from an environment in which they can explore and process their internal experiences.  InnerVision is a component of Anattasati Magga created to offer opportunities for self-discovery for those seeking to transcend adversity and discontent (suffering), thus facilitating personal growth and deepening insight into one’s true nature. She draws upon her 2001 Masters in Psychology degree to further inform her facilitation.  She is widely known for providing a safe and supportive framework for this personal inquiry.


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