Summit Presenters

Watch as renowned meditation teachers, psychologists, and philosophers offer their insights and meditation instructions

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. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

Sharon Salzberg

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.

Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Her new book, Radical Dharma, explores racial injustice as a barrier to collective awakening.

Dr. B. Alan Wallace

 Dr. Wallace, a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science.​ He has edited, translated, authored, and contributed to more than forty books on Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, language, and culture, and the interface between science and religion.

Susan Piver

Susan Piver is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life and The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. Her latest book is Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation. She is at work on her next book, “The Four Noble Truths of Love.” In 2012, she launched the Open Heart Project, a completely virtual meditation center that lives in the cloud. There are close to 20,000 members all over the world who receive free weekly guided meditation videos from her.

Acharya Fleet Maull

Fleet Maull, PhD is an intrepid social activist/peacemaker and itinerant meditation teacher who travels the world leading retreats, peacemaker trainings, prison programs and transformational seminars. He is an empowered senior teacher in two Buddhist lineages, as an Acharya in the international Shambhala Buddhist Community and a Roshi in the Zen Peacemaker Order. Acharya Maull is the founder of Prison Mindfulness Institute and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute and the author of Dharma In Hell and the forthcoming Radical Responsibility.

Acharya Holly Gayley

Holly Gayley is Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. With a passion for translation, her research focuses on Buddhist literature in contemporary Tibet. She is author of Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet (Columbia University Press, 2016) and co-editor of A Gathering of Brilliant Moons: Practice Advice from the Rimé Masters of Tibet (Wisdom Publications, 2017). As a senior teacher (acharya) in the Shambhala tradition, Holly regularly leads meditation workshops and retreats.

Robert Wright

Robert Wright is the New York Times bestselling author of The Evolution of God, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Nonzero; The Moral Animal; and Three Scientists and Their Gods, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Princeton, where he also created the popular online course “Buddhism and Modern Psychology.” In 2009, Foreign Policy named him one of its Top 100 Global Thinkers alongside Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Anne-Marie Slaughter.

Dr. Jay L Garfield

Jay L Garfield is a Professor of Philosophy, Logic and Buddhist Studies and director of the Buddhist Studies and Logic programs at Smith College. He is also Visiting Professor of Buddhist Philosophy at Harvard Divinity School, Professor of Philosophy at Melbourne University and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the Central University of Tibetan Studies. He is a regular lecturer at major universities, Buddhist Studies centers and research institutions around the world, and is author or editor of 25 books and over 150 articles and book reviews.

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.

David Nichtern

David Nichtern is a senior meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. David has been the Director of Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont, Director of Buddhist Studies and Practice at OM Yoga Center, and Director of Expansion for Shambhala Training Int’l. He teaches meditation workshops and teacher training programs online and around the world. His book Awakening From The Daydream was released by Wisdom Publications in October 2016.

Dr. Kelly McGonigal

Dr. Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. Through the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism, she co-authored the Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training, which integrates compassion meditation with contemporary psychological approaches. She is the author of several books, including the The Willpower Instinct, Yoga for Pain Relief, and her latest book, the The Upside of Stress.

Anam Thubten

Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and at an early age began to practice in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Among his many teachers, his most formative guides were Lama Tsurlo, Khenpo Chopel, and Lama Garwang. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation, teaching widely in the U.S. and abroad. His books in English include The Magic of Awareness and No Self, No Problem.

Dr. Evan Thompson

Evan Thompson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and the author of Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy. His research interests include cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and cross-cultural philosophy, especially Buddhist philosophy in dialogue with Western philosophy and science.

Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel

Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for thirty years under the guidance of her teacher and husband Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. Elizabeth is known for her willingness to question the entire path in order to reach a place of genuine practice and awakening. She asks audience to engage in the practice of open questioning with her while she takes a fresh look at all the assumptions and beliefs we have about spirituality. Audiences repeatedly comment on how this approach has reinvigorated their meditation practice and the way they relate to their lives as a whole. She is the author of, The Power of an Open Question and is working on her new book, The Logic of Faith.

Larry Yang

Larry Yang teaches mindfulness and loving kindness retreats nationally and has a special interest in creating access to the Dharma for diverse, multicultural communities. His current focus is training spiritual leadership within Communities of Color and LGBTQI communities. He has been developing community meditation teachers in Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership Program for 10 years, and is one of the core trainers for the current Spirit Rock Dharma Teacher Training Program to develop fully empowered Dharma teachers in multicultural communities. His new book, Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community, was released by Wisdom Publications in October, 2017.

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