Allan Lokos is the founder and guiding teacher of The Community Meditation Center. He is the author of Through the Flames, Patience, and Pocket Peace. His writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, Tricycle magazine, and Beliefnet, and he has been interviewed by CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and on more than one hundred radio and TV programs. Among the places he has taught are Columbia University Teachers College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Marymount College, The Omega Institute, The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, The Rubin Museum (Brainwave Series), NY Insight Meditation Center, The NY Open Center, Tibet House US, Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and The Milken Institute. Allan has practiced meditation since the mid-nineties and studied with such renowned teachers as Sharon Salzberg, Thich Nhat Hanh, Joseph Goldstein, Andrew Olendzki, and Stephen Batchelor. Earlier in this life Allan enjoyed a successful career as a professional singer appearing in the original Broadway productions of Oliver!, Pickwick, and the Stratford Festival/Broadway production of The Pirates of Penzance. allanlokos.com
Stephen Batchelor is one of the world’s leading scholars, authors, and teachers of Buddhist thought. He was a monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions for ten years. Known for his agnostic and secular approach to the Dhamma, he has authored several books, including the bestsellingBuddhism Without Beliefs, Living With The Devil and Confession of a Buddhist Atheist. He lives in France with his wife Martine and teaches seminars and leads meditation retreats worldwide.
Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the organization’s guiding teachers. In 1989, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Since 1967 he has studied and practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma and Tibet. He is the author of Mindfulness, A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma, Insight Meditation, The Experience of Insight, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom, and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and on the Advisory Board of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. He has several audio programs and his free Just One Thing newsletter has over 100,000 subscribers.
Dan Harris was named co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” in October 2013. He is also co-anchor of the weekend edition of “Good Morning America,” a position he has held since October 2010. As well, Dan files reports for “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Good Morning America,” ABC News Digital and ABC News Radio. For four years, he anchored “World News Sunday.” Dan is the author of the NY Times number one best seller, 10% Happier.
Venerable Metteyya was featured in the PBS special The Buddha. He was born in Lumbini, Nepal, the same place as the Buddha. He primarily studied in the Theravada tradition but has also received teachings directly from His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche as well as in the Vietnamese Pure Land tradition. Ven. Metteyya founded the Metta Children’s School in Nepal which provides free education to over 800 impoverished local children. He, along with his Dharma mother, built the Sakyadhita Nunnery to provide educational options to local girls who would otherwise face child marriage.
Philip Moffitt is a meditation teacher and writer. He teaches a weekly meditation class in Marin County, is Co-Guiding Teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and leads retreats throughout the United States. Phillip is also the founder and director of Life Balance Institute where he trains executives and individuals in skillful living. He is the author of two books: Emotional Chaos to Clarity: How to Live More Skillfully, Make Better Decisions, and Find Purpose in Life and Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering.
Nancy J. Napier is a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist in private practice in New York City. She is a faculty member of the Somatic Experiencing Training Institute teaching Somatic Experiencing, a trauma-resolution training. She is a former president of the New York Society for the Study of Multiple Personality and Dissociation, a board member of the New York Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a past board member of the New York Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. She is the author of several books, including Sacred Practices for Conscious Living.
Andrew Olendzki, Ph.D., is the senior scholar of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, MS, and the editor of the Insight Journal. He was trained in Buddhist Studies at Lancaster University in England, as well as at Harvard University and the University of Sri Lanka. The former executive director of Insight Meditation Society, he has had published an enormous selection of essays, articles, studies, and poetry. He is the author of Unlimiting Mind: The Radically Experiential Psychology of Buddhism.
George Pitagorsky is a senior teacher at NY Insight Meditation Center where he was also on the board of directors. He blends Buddhism, systems thinking, and non-dual philosophy into a practical approach to living consciously, compassionately, and wisely. He has practiced yoga and Vipassana meditation since the early 1970’s and has studied with teachers of Advaita, Dzogchen and other Buddhist traditions. As a multi-disciplinary management consultant and coach, he focuses on applying open-minded mindfulness with systems and process thinking to achieve optimal performance. George is author of The Zen Approach to Project Management, editor of the Breakthrough Newsletter, and is currently working on a book on Mindfully Managing Conflict. He co-developed and facilitates the five month Conscious Living/Conscious Working program, now in its eighth year.
Andy Puddicombe is the author of Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day. He is currently the only Clinical Meditation Consultant in the United Kingdom with Medical Advisory Committee clearance for private practice. As a former Buddhist monk, he has trained extensively in meditation all over the world for more than 15 years. He returned to the UK in 2004 and set up the Headspace organization with one simple aim in mind: to demystify meditation and make it accessible and relevant to as many people as possible.
Sharon Salzberg, one of the world’s leading spiritual teachers and authors, is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. She is a weekly columnist for On Being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several books including the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness. Other books include Love Your Enemies, Faith, and Lovingkindness. Her latest book is Real Happiness at Work.
Gina Sharpe was born in Jamaica. She has a A.B. from Barnard College and a J.D. from NYU School of Law. She has worked for the NYC government, in the motion picture industry, as well as conducting research in public not-for-profits. After retiring from the practice of law, she co-founded New York Insight Meditation Center where she currently serves as the Guiding Teacher. Trained as a retreat teacher in a joint Teacher Training Program of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Center, she teaches at various venues around the US including Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, Vallecitos Mountain Refuge, Mid America Dharma, Garrison Institute, Asia Society, Tibet House, NY Open Center, Katonah Yoga Center, and a maximum security prison for women.
Mu Soeng is the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies program director and resident scholar. He trained in the Korean Zen tradition and was a monk for eleven years. He is the author of The Heart of the Universe: Exploring the Heart Sutra,Thousand Peaks: Korean Zen (Tradition and Teachers); The Diamond Sutra: Transforming the Way We Perceive the World; and Trust in Mind: The Rebellion of Chinese Zen.
Robert A.F. Thurman, PhD, is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of the Tibet House, USA, and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies. Time chose Professor Thurman as one of its 25 most influential Americans in 1997, describing him as a “larger than life scholar-activist destined to convey the Dharma, from Asia to America.” The New York Times recently said Thurman “is considered the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism.” He is the author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, politics and culture, including The Central Philosophy of Tibet, Circling the Sacred Mountain, Essential Tibetan Buddhism, Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet, Worlds of Transformation, Inner Revolution, Infinite Life, and, Why The Dalai Lama Matters.