Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage and the global network of more than 200 Shambhala Meditation Centers. With a unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, his teachings focus on living a courageous life based on wisdom, kindness and compassion. Sakyong Mipham is the author of four books including the bestselling Turning the Mind Into an Ally, and a forthcoming release in October 2017 from Harmony Books. He is a husband, father of three daughters, and avid runner.
Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, Lovingkindness and, Real Love, her newest release by Flatiron books.
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel is a Zen Buddhist priest in the Suzuki Roshi lineage. She is the author of The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender and Tell Me Something About Buddhism with a foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh. She is contributing author to many books, including Together We are One, Dharma, Color and Culture: Voices From Western Buddhist Teachers of Color and Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women.
Dr. Rick Hanson
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 120,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity.
Dr. Kristin Neff
Kristin Neff is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, and the 6 CD audio set called “Self-Compassion Step by Step,” released by Sounds True. In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, she has developed an empirically supported eight-week training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, and offers workshops on self-compassion worldwide.
Dr. Stan Tatkin
Dr. Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, is a couple therapist known for his pioneering method—called PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy®— which draws on principles of neuroscience and helps partners form happy, secure, and long-lasting relationships. Together with his wife, Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin, PhD, Dr. Tatkin founded the PACT Institute to train psychotherapists and other professionals how to incorporate his method into their practices with couples. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling Wired For Love and Wired For Dating.
Rev. angel Kyodo williams
Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, angel Kyodo williams has been bridging the worlds of spirit and justice since her critically acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. In 2016, Rev. angel published her second book, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Now one of only three black women Zen “Senseis” or teachers, she applies wisdom teaching to social issues and is a leading voice for Transformative Social Change.
Dr. David Richo
David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T., is a psychotherapist, writer, and workshop leader. He teaches at a variety of places including Esalen and Spirit Rock Buddhist Center. Dave combines psychological and spiritual perspectives in his work. His two most recent books are: The Five Longings: What We’ve Always Wanted and Already Have (Shambhala, 2017) and You Are Not What You Think: The Egoless Path to Self-Esteem and Generous Love (Shambhala, 2015).
Acharya Fleet Maull
Fleet Maull is an author, meditation teacher, executive coach and social entrepreneur. Acharya Maull is an empowered senior teacher in both the Shambhala Buddhist and Zen Peacemaker traditions, who leads meditation and bearing witness retreats, activist trainings and prison programs around the world. He founded Prison Mindfulness Institute and Engaged Mindfulness Institute. He is the author of Dharma in Hell and the forthcoming book Radical Responsibility.
Susan Piver is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including The Hard Questions, the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life, and The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. Her new book is Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation . She is founder of the Open Heart Project, an international online mindfulness community with close to 20,000 members.
Janet Solyntjes is a Certified MBSR teacher, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, and a faculty member of the Center for Mindfulness and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. She leads mindfulness courses and retreats in the U.S. and internationally. Janet and her husband, Jeff Price, are co-founders of the Boulder-based Center for Courageous Living and are committed to promoting the inherent goodness of individuals and groups.
Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition who has been leading meditation retreats since 1976. He is a member of Naropa University’s core faculty and the author of Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With. Additionally, his article, “Making Friends with Ourselves,” was selected for inclusion in The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 and his essay “No Color, All Colors” appears in the book, Mindful Politics.
Lama Rod Owens
Lama Rod Owens is one of the leading teachers of his generation of Buddhist teachers. He is the Guiding Teacher for the Radical Dharma Boston Collective and teaches with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) and is also a faculty member for IBme’s teacher training program. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School with a focus on the intersection of social change, identity, and spiritual practice. He is also heavily engaged in social change work and has just released a book with Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Dr. Jasmine Syedullah entitled, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation.
A speaker, a poet, a painter, and a former business strategist and Washington-DC think tank exec, Danielle LaPorte is an invited member of Oprah’s inaugural Super Soul 100. She is author of The Fire Starters Sessions, and The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul, which has been translated into 8 languages, evolved into a yearly day planner and journal system, a top 10 iTunes app, and an international workshop program with licensed facilitators in 15 countries. Named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes, DanielleLaPorte.com has over 5 million visitors every month for her daily #Truthbombs and has been called “the best place online for kickass spirituality.”
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is professor of Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. Her teaching specialties are meditation practice, Shambhala teachings, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, and contemplative higher education. Her book, Dakini’s Warm Breath (Shambhala 2001), explores the feminine principle as it reveals itself in meditation practice and everyday life for women and men.
Lodro Rinzler has taught meditation for sixteen years in the Shambhala lineage and is the award-winning author of six books including The Buddha Walks into a Bar and Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken. Lodro’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, FOX, CBS, and NBC. He serves as co-founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of MNDFL, NYC’s premier drop-in meditation studios.
Ray Buckner practices at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA and Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley in Berkeley, CA. Ray has written for LionsRoar.com, publishing such articles as: Healthy Desire: A Buddhist’s View of Mindfulness and Sex; Even a Broken Heart is Fundamentally Good; See us Clearly: A Buddhist’s View of Transgender Visibility; and, Countering Oppression by Cultivating Peace. Ray examines and writes on trauma, gender and sexuality, racial oppression, and love and relationships. As a white, trans and genderqueer Buddhist, they are committed to using the dharma to understand and transform intrapersonal, interpersonal and structural forms of violence.
Lea Roth and Nastassja Schmiedt
Nastassja Schmiedt and Lea Roth are cultivating an evolution in millennial consciousness. The couple use their book Millennial Sex (Education) to facilitate story-based consent, gender, and sexuality education. Their social enterprise Spring Up offers narrative-based leadership development and organizational consulting in diversity, inclusion, and coalition building. They have given two TEDx talks: “Cultivating a Culture of Consent,” and “Millennials On The Brink.” Their activism and personal stories are featured in the moving anthology “We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out,” the award-winning 2015 documentary “The Hunting Ground” and the forthcoming “Silent U.”
Drs. Katie and Gay Hendricks
Gay Hendricks and Kathlyn Hendricks have been pioneers in the fields of body intelligence and relationship transformation for more than forty years. They’ve mastered ways to translate powerful concepts and life skills into experiential processes where people can discover their own body intelligence and easily integrate life-changing skills. Together and singly they have authored more than forty books, including bestsellers Conscious Loving, The Big Leap, and Conscious Loving Ever After: How to Create Thriving Relationships at Midlife and Beyond.
Andrea is the founder and CEO of YourTango, the leading media company dedicated to love and relationships. YourTango’s mission is to help women love better and connect more meaningfully, engendering greater happiness, more confidence, and a deeper sense of belonging within the community we serve. Andrea is making her debut as an author through her first book, Radical Acceptance: The Secret to Happy, Lasting Love. Andrea is a frequent panelist and guest speaker on industry panels including Internet Week and SXSW, as well as at Harvard University, Columbia University, Fordham University, Wharton and NYU Stern School of Business.