Core Faculty

Leslie Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, Embodied Wisdom, and Social Justice; an integration of ancient wisdom practices that support us in navigating our modern world. She has presented at Mind and Life Institute’s International Symposium, Fetzer Institute, Contemplative Minds in Higher Education, and Mindfulness in America conferences, and as a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia, Columbia University Teacher’s College, Pitzer, and Vassar Colleges, and CUNY Law. She often speaks on the need to expand our vision around culturally responsive teachings, and changing the paradigm of self and community care. Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting, a contributor to Georgetown Law’s report on Gender and Trauma, and YOGA: The Secret of Life. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012) and Community Dharma Leaders’ Training (2017), and Spirit Rock’s four year Retreat Teacher Training (2020).

Leslie Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, Embodied Wisdom, and Social Justice; an integration of ancient wisdom practices that support us in navigating our modern world. She has presented at Mind and Life Institute’s International Symposium, Fetzer Institute, Contemplative Minds in Higher Education, and Mindfulness in America conferences, and as a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia, Columbia University Teacher’s College, Pitzer, and Vassar Colleges, and CUNY Law. She often speaks on the need to expand our vision around culturally responsive teachings, and changing the paradigm of self and community care. Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting, a contributor to Georgetown Law’s report on Gender and Trauma, and YOGA: The Secret of Life. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012) and Community Dharma Leaders’ Training (2017), and Spirit Rock’s four year Retreat Teacher Training (2020).

Venerable Burin is the Executive Director of The Middle Way Research Institute, a New York-based global non-profit organization that converges timeless wisdom and evidence-based science to tackle key problems facing humanity. Ordained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand in 2000, his quest is to provide holistic and cutting-edge solutions for people of all ages, races, religions, as well as those without religious beliefs, to achieve sustainability leading to global happiness. He is the Pioneer of “Inner Peace Education,” a groundbreaking curriculum modernizing ancient wisdom into simple and practical tools to help individuals cultivate the “Inner Peace Lifestyle.” He has taught in 30 countries throughout 6 continents. His “World Peace through Inner Peace” projects have touched more than 100,000 people from all walks of life.

Venerable Burin is the Executive Director of The Middle Way Research Institute, a New York-based global non-profit organization that converges timeless wisdom and evidence-based science to tackle key problems facing humanity. Ordained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand in 2000, his quest is to provide holistic and cutting-edge solutions for people of all ages, races, religions, as well as those without religious beliefs, to achieve sustainability leading to global happiness. He is the Pioneer of “Inner Peace Education,” a groundbreaking curriculum modernizing ancient wisdom into simple and practical tools to help individuals cultivate the “Inner Peace Lifestyle.” He has taught in 30 countries throughout 6 continents. His “World Peace through Inner Peace” projects have touched more than 100,000 people from all walks of life.

Allan Lokos is the founder and guiding teacher of The Community Meditation Center. He is the author of Through the Flames: Overcoming Disaster Through Compassion, Patience, and DeterminationPocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living; and Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living. He has been featured on more than one hundred radio and television programs. Places he has taught include Columbia University Teachers College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, The Rubin Museum, Tibet House US, and Upaya Zen Center. Allan has practiced meditation since the mid-nineties and studied with many of the world’s most renowned teachers, including Thich Nhat Hanh, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, and Stephen Batchelor. Earlier in this life, Allan enjoyed a successful career as a professional singer.

Allan Lokos is the founder and guiding teacher of The Community Meditation Center. He is the author of Through the Flames: Overcoming Disaster Through Compassion, Patience, and DeterminationPocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living; and Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living. He has been featured on more than one hundred radio and television programs. Places he has taught include Columbia University Teachers College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, The Rubin Museum, Tibet House US, and Upaya Zen Center. Allan has practiced meditation since the mid-nineties and studied with many of the world’s most renowned teachers, including Thich Nhat Hanh, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, and Stephen Batchelor. Earlier in this life, Allan enjoyed a successful career as a professional singer.

Andrew Olendzki, PhD, is a Professor at Lesley University, and Director of their Mindfulness Studies program. He is a scholar of early Buddhist thought and practice with a special interest in Buddhist psychology and its relevance to the modern world. He was the original executive director of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and then was executive director and senior scholar at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He has also held adjunct faculty positions at Amherst, Brandeis, Harvard, Lesley, and Smith, and was on the faculty at Wesleyan University and Hampshire College. Andrew was also a senior scholar at the Mind and Life Institute and has been a long-time board member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. His books include Unlimiting Mind: The Radically Experiential Psychology of Buddhism, and Untangling Self: A Buddhist Investigation of Who We Really Are. He writes regularly for Tricycle magazine and is the founder of the Integrated Dharma Institute.

Andrew Olendzki, PhD, is a Professor at Lesley University, and Director of their Mindfulness Studies program. He is a scholar of early Buddhist thought and practice with a special interest in Buddhist psychology and its relevance to the modern world. He was the original executive director of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and then was executive director and senior scholar at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He has also held adjunct faculty positions at Amherst, Brandeis, Harvard, Lesley, and Smith, and was on the faculty at Wesleyan University and Hampshire College. Andrew was also a senior scholar at the Mind and Life Institute and has been a long-time board member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. His books include Unlimiting Mind: The Radically Experiential Psychology of Buddhism, and Untangling Self: A Buddhist Investigation of Who We Really Are. He writes regularly for Tricycle magazine and is the founder of the Integrated Dharma Institute.

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and N Y Times best-selling author. She has played a major 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 N Y Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness, and her most recent work, Real Change. Known for her humorous, down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them easily accessible. She is the host of her own podcast, The Metta Hour.

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and N Y Times best-selling author. She has played a major 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 N Y Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness, and her most recent work, Real Change. Known for her humorous, down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them easily accessible. She is the host of her own podcast, The Metta Hour.

Principal Guest Teacher

Pilar Jennings, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and religion at the Union Theological Seminary and a lecturer at Columbia University. She is also a visiting lecturer at Weill Cornell University School of Medicine in their Integrative Health concentration. Through this program, associated with the Nalanda Institute of Contemplative Science, Pilar teaches medical students about mindfulness and psychodynamic techniques to be utilized for their own stress reduction and for their patients’ increased well-being. She is also a psychoanalyst with a focus on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation; she has been working with patients and their families through the Harlem Family Institute since 2004. Pilar is the author of Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism, and To Heal a Wounded Heart: The Transformative Power of Buddhism and Psychotherapy in Action.

Pilar Jennings, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and religion at the Union Theological Seminary and a lecturer at Columbia University. She is also a visiting lecturer at Weill Cornell University School of Medicine in their Integrative Health concentration. Through this program, associated with the Nalanda Institute of Contemplative Science, Pilar teaches medical students about mindfulness and psychodynamic techniques to be utilized for their own stress reduction and for their patients’ increased well-being. She is also a psychoanalyst with a focus on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation; she has been working with patients and their families through the Harlem Family Institute since 2004. Pilar is the author of Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism, and To Heal a Wounded Heart: The Transformative Power of Buddhism and Psychotherapy in Action.

Faculty

Lauren Taub Cohen is the founder of MetaMinds, a company focused on teaching mindfulness and grit-growing techniques for children, teens and adults. Lauren is also a trauma-sensitive Pilates instructor with a commitment to fostering self-awareness through movement. She has been practicing meditation since 2001 and is certified to teach mindfulness meditation by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Boston University and an M.S.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education. As a classroom teacher, Lauren received recognition for adapting mindfulness practices by making them more developmentally accessible for children and teens. She works privately with individuals and has lead workshops at businesses, non-profits, therapy centers, schools and parent associations. Lauren is completing Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner training and, prior to teaching, worked at 60 Minutes.

Lauren Taub Cohen is the founder of MetaMinds, a company focused on teaching mindfulness and grit-growing techniques for children, teens and adults. Lauren is also a trauma-sensitive Pilates instructor with a commitment to fostering self-awareness through movement. She has been practicing meditation since 2001 and is certified to teach mindfulness meditation by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Boston University and an M.S.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education. As a classroom teacher, Lauren received recognition for adapting mindfulness practices by making them more developmentally accessible for children and teens. She works privately with individuals and has lead workshops at businesses, non-profits, therapy centers, schools and parent associations. Lauren is completing Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner training and, prior to teaching, worked at 60 Minutes.

Rachel Hammerman teaches meditation and is an executive coach who helps people grow their business, set career direction and cultivate relationships with ease. She is a Meditation Faculty Member of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science and teaches Loving Kindness on Fridays at Tibet House in NYC. She graduated from the Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program and received certification to teach Mindfulness by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and by Mark Coleman and Martin Aylward’s Mindfulness Training Institute. Rachel is grateful to offer practices and teachings as she’s received them from teachers including Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach, Joe Loizzo, Bob Thurman and her dharma mentors, Oren Jay Sofer and Mark Coleman. She has a BA in Sociology from Tufts University. 

Rachel Hammerman teaches meditation and is an executive coach who helps people grow their business, set career direction and cultivate relationships with ease. She is a Meditation Faculty Member of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science and teaches Loving Kindness on Fridays at Tibet House in NYC. She graduated from the Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program and received certification to teach Mindfulness by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and by Mark Coleman and Martin Aylward’s Mindfulness Training Institute. Rachel is grateful to offer practices and teachings as she’s received them from teachers including Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach, Joe Loizzo, Bob Thurman and her dharma mentors, Oren Jay Sofer and Mark Coleman. She has a BA in Sociology from Tufts University. 

Vera Ruangtragool is the founder and director of the non-profit, Truly Well.  Believing that world peace starts with inner peace, she leads guided meditations in English and Spanish and brings people together through events that foster meaningful social connection in the US and abroad. Vera has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Spanish from UC Berkeley, a Master’s degree in Spanish Translation and Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University. As a lifelong Buddhist practitioner in the Theravada tradition, she learned meditation at a very young age and has developed her practice over 20 years.  Through her work and everyday interactions, Vera is committed to advancing peace and justice through individual, community, and systemic change.

Vera Ruangtragool is the founder and director of the non-profit, Truly Well.  Believing that world peace starts with inner peace, she leads guided meditations in English and Spanish and brings people together through events that foster meaningful social connection in the US and abroad. Vera has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Spanish from UC Berkeley, a Master’s degree in Spanish Translation and Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University. As a lifelong Buddhist practitioner in the Theravada tradition, she learned meditation at a very young age and has developed her practice over 20 years.  Through her work and everyday interactions, Vera is committed to advancing peace and justice through individual, community, and systemic change.

Guest Teachers

Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist scholar, teacher, and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. He considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. Through his writings, translations, and teaching, he engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism's role in the modern world. He is the translator and author of numerous books and articles on Buddhism including the bestselling Buddhism Without Beliefs, Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, and After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age.

Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist scholar, teacher, and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. He considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. Through his writings, translations, and teaching, he engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism's role in the modern world. He is the translator and author of numerous books and articles on Buddhism including the bestselling Buddhism Without Beliefs, Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, and After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age.

Rev. Cathy Bristow, an ordained Interfaith Minister, is the founder and principal of Bridges, a consulting firm whose mission is “Relanguaging the conversation around diversity and giving the topic a contemporary paradigm that reflects the complexity of people and change.”  In particular it aims to initiate a fresh conversation about race and gender. Cathy’s professional career includes senior corporate roles and international assignments. She has practiced meditation for several years, and with the CMC for four years. She is also actively involved in her Harlem-based church, First Corinthian Baptist.

Rev. Cathy Bristow, an ordained Interfaith Minister, is the founder and principal of Bridges, a consulting firm whose mission is “Relanguaging the conversation around diversity and giving the topic a contemporary paradigm that reflects the complexity of people and change.”  In particular it aims to initiate a fresh conversation about race and gender. Cathy’s professional career includes senior corporate roles and international assignments. She has practiced meditation for several years, and with the CMC for four years. She is also actively involved in her Harlem-based church, First Corinthian Baptist.

Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MS, where he is one of the organization’s guiding teachers. In 1989, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Joseph first became interested in Buddhism as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in 1965. 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 Practical Guide to Awakening, A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, The Experience of Insight, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course.

Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MS, where he is one of the organization’s guiding teachers. In 1989, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Joseph first became interested in Buddhism as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in 1965. 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 Practical Guide to Awakening, A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, 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 psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 29 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. Rick has been a trustee of Saybrook University, served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and was president of the board of Family Works, a community agency. He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, California.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 29 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. Rick has been a trustee of Saybrook University, served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and was president of the board of Family Works, a community agency. He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, California.

Joseph (Joe) Loizzo, MD, PhD, is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and Columbia-trained Buddhist scholar with over forty years’ experience studying the beneficial effects of contemplative practices on healing, learning, and development. He founded Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, a non-profit that trains lay and professional caregivers in evidence-based methods of contemplative self-healing to empower themselves and others to reduce stress, build resilience, and cultivate lives of engagement and purpose in our interdependent world. He is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in Integrative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he researches and teaches contemplative self-healing and optimal health. He has taught the philosophy of science and religion, the scientific study of contemplative states, and the Indo-Tibetan mind and health sciences at Columbia University, where he is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia Center for Buddhist Studies.

Joseph (Joe) Loizzo, MD, PhD, is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and Columbia-trained Buddhist scholar with over forty years’ experience studying the beneficial effects of contemplative practices on healing, learning, and development. He founded Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, a non-profit that trains lay and professional caregivers in evidence-based methods of contemplative self-healing to empower themselves and others to reduce stress, build resilience, and cultivate lives of engagement and purpose in our interdependent world. He is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in Integrative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he researches and teaches contemplative self-healing and optimal health. He has taught the philosophy of science and religion, the scientific study of contemplative states, and the Indo-Tibetan mind and health sciences at Columbia University, where he is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia Center for Buddhist Studies.

Nancy Napier has been a marriage and family therapist since 1981, and a Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner since 2001. SE is a mind and body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. Nancy is emeritus faculty of the SE Trauma Institute, and the author of Recreating Your Self, Getting Through the Day, and Sacred Practices for Conscious Living.

Nancy Napier has been a marriage and family therapist since 1981, and a Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner since 2001. SE is a mind and body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. Nancy is emeritus faculty of the SE Trauma Institute, and the author of Recreating Your Self, Getting Through the Day, and Sacred Practices for Conscious Living.

Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorized Lama (Buddhist Teacher) in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism, and is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Lama Rod is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community and has been published and featured in several publications including Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin and has offered talks, retreats, and workshops in over 7 countries. Lama Rod facilitates undoing patriarchy workshops for male identified practitioners in Brooklyn and Boston. His next book project will explore transformative anger and rage and is due out June 2020. 

Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorized Lama (Buddhist Teacher) in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism, and is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Lama Rod is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community and has been published and featured in several publications including Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin and has offered talks, retreats, and workshops in over 7 countries. Lama Rod facilitates undoing patriarchy workshops for male identified practitioners in Brooklyn and Boston. His next book project will explore transformative anger and rage and is due out June 2020. 

Gina Sharpe has an A.B. in Philosophy from Barnard College and a J.D. from NYU School of Law. Before practicing law, she worked for the New York City 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. She teaches at various venues around the United States including Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, Vallecitos Mountain Refuge, Mid America Dharma, Garrison Institute, Asia Society, Tibet House, the NY Open Center, the Katonah Yoga Center and a maximum security prison for women. She has been teaching the Dharma since 1995 and has served on the boards of directors of several organizations.

Gina Sharpe has an A.B. in Philosophy from Barnard College and a J.D. from NYU School of Law. Before practicing law, she worked for the New York City 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. She teaches at various venues around the United States including Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, Vallecitos Mountain Refuge, Mid America Dharma, Garrison Institute, Asia Society, Tibet House, the NY Open Center, the Katonah Yoga Center and a maximum security prison for women. She has been teaching the Dharma since 1995 and has served on the boards of directors of several organizations.

Robert A.F. Thurman, PhD, is a scholar, author, and academic who has written, edited, and translated numerous books on Tibetan Buddhism. He is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, holding the first endowed chair in this field in the United States. He also is the co-founder and president of the Tibet House New York. Time Magazine chose Professor Thurman as one of its 25 most influential Americans in 1997. He is the author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, politics, and culture.

Robert A.F. Thurman, PhD, is a scholar, author, and academic who has written, edited, and translated numerous books on Tibetan Buddhism. He is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, holding the first endowed chair in this field in the United States. He also is the co-founder and president of the Tibet House New York. Time Magazine chose Professor Thurman as one of its 25 most influential Americans in 1997. He is the author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, politics, and culture.

Pamela Weiss is a Buddhist teacher authorized to teach in two traditions—Zen and Theravada. She is currently a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher Council, a co-leader of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader training, and a guiding teacher at San Francisco Insight. Pamela is also a leadership coach, pioneer in bringing Buddhist principles and practices into the workplace, and the author of the forthcoming book, A Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and little dog, Grover.

Pamela Weiss is a Buddhist teacher authorized to teach in two traditions—Zen and Theravada. She is currently a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher Council, a co-leader of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader training, and a guiding teacher at San Francisco Insight. Pamela is also a leadership coach, pioneer in bringing Buddhist principles and practices into the workplace, and the author of the forthcoming book, A Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and little dog, Grover.

A Selection of Books by CMC Teachers

PILAR JENNINGS
• To Heal a Wounded Heart: The Transformative Power of Buddhism and Psychotherapy in Action
• Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism

ALLAN LOKOS
• Through the Flames: Overcoming Disaster Through Compassion, Patience, and Determination
• Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living
• Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living

ANDREW OLENDZKI
• Unlimiting Mind: The Radically Experiential Psychology of Buddhism
• Untangling Self: A Buddhist Investigation of Who We Really Are

SHARON SALZBERG
• Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
• Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection
• Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program
• Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience
• Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit and Be a Whole Lot Happier

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Wednesday sessions: 6:30–7:30 PM   15 West 86th St. (SAJ Building)
Both locations are ADA compliant  No registration required
PLEASE NOTE
In consideration of the health and welfare of the entire community
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