Ann Dillon began meditating in 2003. As her meditation practice developed and evolved over the years, she discovered a natural inclination to the jhanas. In 2008 Ann began practicing and studying under the guidance of Shaila Catherine. Since then she has been developing and cultivating the traditional samadhi-vipassana (concentration-insight) practice as a means of preparing the mind for liberating insight. In 2011 Ann attended a 4-month retreat with Pa-Auk Sayadaw and Venerable U Jagara, focusing on the Four Elements meditation. Sutta study is an ongoing source of support and inspiration for her practice. Ann lives in Florida with her family, where she also teaches yoga and works as a pedagogical consultant in distance education programs.
The Satipatthana Sutta, often translated as the "Four Foundations of Mindfulness," is the primary teaching given by the Buddha on Mindfulness. The remarkable features of this Sutta include detailed instructions as to how to set up the practice, pragmatic instructions for establishing mindfulness with attention to the body, feelings, mind, and various dhamma objects, and awakening and liberation as the aim of the practice.