Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey is a teacher of Vipassana (insight) meditation within the broader context of the Theravada Buddhist tradition. His teaching aims to inspire the skills, determination, and faith necessary to realize the deepest human freedom. Jesse is a student of Michele McDonald’s and was trained and authorized by her to teach. His approach is rooted in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma and encourages an exploration of the relationship between ethics, insight, and action. He is the resident teacher for Vipassana Hawai’i and when off-island teaches mostly in the US and Canada.

Jesse was a co-founder of The Stone House, a center for spiritual life and social justice in Mebane, NC, was a long-time board member of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, and faculty member of the Center for Whole Communities.


to his Dhamma talks and meditation instructions.


Insurgent Heart: A Vipassana Manual for the Guerrilla Yogi

~ My new book, also available on Medium and in epub format here.

The Mist of Mandalay

~ A Western Buddhist’s Moral Struggle with his Spiritual Home

Let Loose the Line

~ A reflection on ten years of war tax resistance, the beauty and boundaries of mentorship, and the political and spiritual dynamics of life–published in the Boston Review.


~ An essay exploring an experiment in ethically raised meat–published in the Boston Review.

The Buddeoisie Blues: The Price and Peril of Genetically Modified Dharma

~ A polemic exploring the implications of Mindfulness as a commodity.

The Carlos Vega Collection of OSPAAAL Posters

~ Explaining the history of his father’s collection of radical Cuban poster art, published in a collection of essays of the Interference Archive.

The PBG and the False Promise of Mindfulness

~ An essay exploring the dubious premise of the Mindfulness movement–published on Turning Wheel Media by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.


~ A reflection on his complex experience at boarding school–published in Deerfield Magazine.


Hunger is God’s Food

~ Thoughts of a non-believer fasting for Ramadan–published in Killing the Buddha.

Some of his less formal writing can be found on Medium

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In accordance with Buddhist tradition, Jesse lives by donation alone. If you feel moved to support his work through dana (generosity) your gift will be deeply appreciated. Click on the “ebodhicon” below to make an offering via paypal or visit to make a donation that is tax deductible:

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