Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage, which is grounded in the power of creating enlightend society in everyday life. With a unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, he teaches this way of social transformation throughout the world. In addition, he extends his vision to a number of humanitarian projects in Asia and the West. He is the author of the bestselling titles Running with the Mind of Meditation, Ruling Your World, and Turning the Mind into an Ally.
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.”
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.
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University. She teaches Buddhist scripture, ethics and philosophy, as well as interreligious dialogue and contemplative education. She is an Acharya (senior dharma teacher) of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and performs Upadhyaya (Buddhist ministers) ordinations for Shambhala.
Dr. Matthieu Ricard
Matthieu Ricard is an international best-selling author and a prominent speaker on the world stage, and at TED where his talks on happiness and altruism have been viewed by over seven million people. He is an active participant in the current scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. As a trained scientist and Buddhist monk, he is uniquely positioned in the dialogue between East and West.
Dr. Erika Rosenberg
Erika Rosenberg, Ph.D. is a world-renowned expert on facial expression of emotion and a meditation teacher who specializes in compassion cultivation. She’s a senior investigator on the Shamatha Project (a comprehensive study of the effects of intensive meditation) at U.C. Davis, a Senior Teacher @ Stanford’s Center for Compassion & Altruism Research and Education, and faculty @ The Nyingma Institute of Tibetan Studies, Berkeley. Erika teaches in settings as diverse as Google, Inc., Upaya Zen Center, and Burning Man. She’s published widely on facial expression, emotion, and meditation.
Dr. Dan Siegel
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founding Editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute.
Ven. Thubten Chodron
Ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in 1977, Venerable Thubten Chodron is an author, teacher, and the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey, the only Tibetan Buddhist training monastery for Westerners in the U.S. She teaches worldwide and is known for her practical (and humorous!) explanations of how to apply Buddhist teachings in daily life. She is also actively involved in prison outreach and interfaith dialogue.
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.
Dr. Emma Seppälä
Emma Seppälä, Ph.D is Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and is the author of The Happiness Track (HarperOne, 2016). She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fulfillment Daily, a popular news site dedicated to the science of happiness.
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.
Dr. Amishi Jha
Principal Investigator, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Contemplative Neuroscience, Mindfulness Research & Practice Initiative, University of Miami.Her research focuses on the brain bases of attention, working memory, and mindfulness-based training.
Culadasa John Yates
Culadasa has practiced Buddhist meditation for over four decades and is the guiding teacher at Dharma Treasure Buddhist Sangha in Tucson. He has studied in both the Theravadin and Tibetan traditions, and also taught neuroscience for many years. Combining the original teachings of the Buddha with a scientific understanding of the mind, he provides his students with a rare opportunity for rapid progress and profound insight.
Acharya Fleet Maull
Fleet Maull 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 Sensei in the Zen Peacemaker Order. Fleet is well known as a prison reform activist and the founder of Prison Mindfulness Institute and the National Prison Hospice Association.
Dr. Kristin Neff
Kristin Neff is currently 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 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.
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.
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. John Makransky
John Makransky is a Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior academic advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre for Buddhist Studies in Nepal, and co-founder of the Courage of Care Coalition and Foundation for Active Compassion. John is the developer of Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT), which is being applied to empower strong and inclusive care and compassion, and to prevent empathic distress and burnout, for people in caring roles and professions.
Acharya Dan Hessey
Acharya Daniel Hessey has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1971 and has taught extensively throughout the U.S. and South America. Since 2004, he has studied the I Ching with Eva Wong, a Taoist Qigong lineage holder and translator of classical Chinese texts. Dan is also a former director of Shambhala Mountain Center.
Acharya Melissa Moore
Melissa Moore, PhD., has been a student of Shambhala since 1979. She has an MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University, attended the 1985 seminary, has been teaching internationally since 1990, and was empowered as a Shastri in 2010. She co-founded, and continues to teach and develop, The Karuna Training, a 3-year professional certificate training in Contemplative Psychology and a division of Shambhala Europe.
Susan Piver is a Buddhist teacher and the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including The Hard Questions, the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart, and Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation. In 2011, Piver launched The Open Heart Project, an online meditation community which with nearly 15000 members who practice together and explore ways to bring spiritual values such as kindness, genuineness and fearlessness to everyday life.
Dr. Richard Davidson
William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, and Founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Davidson’s research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices. He has published over 360 articles, numerous chapters and reviews and edited 14 books. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006. He is the author (with Sharon Begley) of The Emotional Life of Your Brain published in 2012.
Dr. Paul Gilbert
Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology for over 35 years with a special focus on shame and the treatment of shame based difficulties, for which compassion focused therapy (CFT) was developed. He has written and edited 20 books, 200 academic papers and book chapters and established the Compassionate Mind Foundation in 2006. He was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to Mental Health in 2011.
Dr. Aaron Snyder
Aaron Snyder became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, and has been a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for thirty-five years. Dr. Snyder was a personal attendant to Trungpa Rinpoche, and is now a personal physician to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and his family.