Shoshana Alexander

Shoshana Tembeck Alexander has studied Buddhism since the early 1970s and is the author of In Praise of Single Parents and Women’s Ventures, Women’s Visions. She has guided the work of several prominent Buddhist authors, including Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg, and Wes Nisker. She lives in Ashland, Oregon.

James Baraz

James Baraz has been teaching meditation for more than thirty years. He’s been teaching the Awakening Joy course, on-site and online, since 2003. A co-founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, James is on the international advisory board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

Sylvia Boorstein

Sylvia Boorstein teaches mindfulness and leads retreats across the United States. She is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts. Boorstein is also a practicing psychotherapist. Her previous books are It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness and Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There. She lives with her husband, Seymour Boorstein, a psychiatrist. They have two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

Marilynne Chöphel

Marilynne Chöphel has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 20 years, specializing in the treatment of acute trauma. A yoga and meditation teacher as well, Chöphel’s work with survivors incorporates mindfulness and body-mind awareness. She is the mother of two adult sons and lives in San Rafael, California.

Norman Fischer

Norman Fischer is co-abbot of the San Francisco Zen center, where he has practiced for many years. He was ordained as a Zen priest in 1980, and teaches Zen meditation regularly in Canada and Mexico, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area. He has published six volumes of poetry and two prose books, most recently a Dharma book for and about young people called Taking Our Places: Mentoring Young People Coming of Age. Norman is married and the father of grown twin sons. He lives with his wife near Green Gulch farm Zen center at Muir beach.

Gary Gach

Norbert Gahbler

Norbert Gahbler is a member of the board of directors and a coach in Germany’s Society for Applied Deep Ecology. He works closely with Joanna Macy, and has translated and co-authored several articles and one book with her.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Born in Hue, Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is author of more than one hundred books, and is one of the best known Buddhist teachers in the world today. Previous best-selling books include Being Peace and Buddha Mind Buddha Body. He lives at Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and travels worldwide, leading retreats on the art of mindful living.

Sister Chan Khong

Sister Chân Không (birth name Cao Ngoc Phuong) was born in a village on the Mekong River Delta in 1938. She has devoted her life to the development and practice of nonviolence grounded in the Buddhist precepts of non-killing and compassionate action. She is part of the community of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and lives in Plum Village, France.

Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on July 6, 1935 to a farming family, in a small hamlet in northeastern Tibet. At the age of two, then named Lhamo Dhondup, His Holiness was recognized as the reincarnation of the previous 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. After China’s suppression of the Tibetan national uprising of 1959, he was forced into permanent exile, settling at Dharamsala in Punjab, India, where he established a democratically-based alternative government. He was awarded the 1989 Nobel Prize for Peace in recognition of his commitment to the nonviolent liberation of his homeland.

Robert LeSoine

Robert Emile Lesoine, MA, Ed. is an educator, musician, and writer living in Santa Monica, California, where he’s been teaching music in primary schools for 35 years. He’s the creator of two full stage musicals, “Body Snatchers . . . The Musical,” and “Last Night at Playland.”

Joanna Macy

Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Ph.D., is one of the best known spiritual activists in this country. She is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with four decades of activism. Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. The author of ten previous books, Macy travels widely giving lectures, workshops, and trainings in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Tai Moses

Tai Moses has been a journalist and editor for many years. She’s also worked as a veterinary assistant, a barista, a hotel maid, a salmon canner, and a wildland firefighter. Formerly senior editor of the online magazine, her writing has been widely published in the independent press. Tai lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, her dog Arrow, and a number of cats.

Zachiah Murray

Zachiah Laurann Murray is a registered landscape architect whose vision and passion is to collaborate and consult with landscape architects, architects, civil engineers, and environmental organizations in the creative, instinctive, and most ecologically sensitive approach to designing and developing our land. As a steward of the land, she encourages the preservation and restoration of the environment to ensure future generations a quality of life enriched through their ability to make a connection to Mother Earth that is unique to themselves. She teaches meditation and is a member of the Order of Interbeing in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh. Zachiah lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Carla Naumburg

Carla Naumburg is a clinical social worker, writer, and most importantly, mother. She is the mindful parenting blogger for and a contributing editor at Carla’s writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and, as well as in a number of academic articles and online magazines. Carla holds a BA from Middlebury College, an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work, a PhD from Simmons College School of Social Work, and she has an advanced certificate in mindfulness and psychotherapy. Carla grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Bay Area of California, and she currently lives outside of Boston with her husband and two young daughters.

Rachel Neumann

Rachel Neumann is a Bay Area-based writer whose work focuses on civil liberties, human rights, mindfulness, and the intersection of parenting and progressive politics. She is a contributing writer to and her work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Nation, Dissent Magazine, Shambhala Sun and many other national and local magazines. She is also a contributor to the anthology The Battle of Seattle (Soft Skull Press) and the co-author of Healing (Parallax Press). She is the editor for Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and blogs regularly at

Sister Dang Nghiem

Ordained as a nun by Thich Nhat Hanh, who gave her the name “Dang Nghiem,” (adornment with nondiscrimination), Sister Dang Ngheim was born in central Vietnam in 1968 during the Tet Offensive. Raised in Vietnam by her grandmother, she came to the United States in 1985, earned two college degrees, graduated from medical school, and began working as a doctor. As a nun, she has integrated Western and Eastern medical traditions and has learned the healing power of mindful awareness and nondiscrimination.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching students all over the world about the innermost nature of mind in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for more than fifteen years. Widely recognized as a brilliant meditation teacher, he is the author of two books, Carefree Dignity and Fearless Simplicity, and has a keen interest in the ongoing dialogue between Buddhist practitioners and Western scholars, especially in neuroscience.

Didde Flor Rotne

Didde Flor Rotne is a primary classroom teacher and meditation teacher in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Nikolaj Flor Rotne

Nikolaj Flor Rotne holds a MA in Educational Psychology. The Flor Rotnes are the author of three best-selling books in Danish and founders of Denmark’s Educational Mindfulness Program. They live in Langebaek, Denmark with their three sons.

Peggy Rowe-Ward

Peggy Rowe Ward received Dharma teacher transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2000. She has her doctorate in adult education and a MA in counseling psychology. Widely published in professional education journals, she’s also been published in magazines and anthologies. She co-authored Making Friends with Time with Tracy Sarriugarte.

Larry Rowe-Ward

Larry Ward has celebrated over thirty years as a Christian minister. He received the Dharma teacher transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2000. He has lived for extended periods in Hong Kong, India, and the Caribbean and has published articles and poems in a number of magazines. In 2006 he was commissioned by the United Nations to write a paper on mindfulness and leadership.

Glen Schneider

Glen Schneider is a graduate of Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a naturalist/gardener, he has specialized in ecosystem restoration through the planting of local native plants. He is the founder of the Buckeye Sangha in Berkeley, California and in 2011 was ordained as a Dharma Teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh. Glen is a contributing editor to Thich Nhat Hanh’s Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child, and is currently writing Touching the Earth: A Field Guide to East Bay Natural History. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Jeanie Seward-Magee

Jeanie Seward-Magee, B.S.W., was born and educated in the United Kingdom. She moved to Canada in the mid-1960s and has owned a number of successful human resource companies. She is an active mindfulness practitioner and newspaper columnist on “living a mindful way.” She teaches the practices of mindfulness all over the world.

Daniel Doen Silberberg

Daniel Doen Silberberg is a Zen Teacher and founding director of the Lost Coin Sangha, an international organization. Born in Bad Hartzburg, Germany, he’s lived in New York City, Salt Lake City, and is currently based in San Francisco. Silberberg received a BA in English literature, and has a MA and PhD in psychology. Prior to receiving Dharma teacher transmission in 2003, he had a successful career as a musician and psychotherapist.

Gail Silver

Gail Silver is a former child advocate attorney and founder of Yoga Child, a Philadelphia based yoga studio, where she teaches and contributes to school-based yoga and mindfulness curriculum. Gail’s Yoga Child CD, A Peaceful Place Inside was the recipient of a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children where she stumbles every day in her lifetime practice of mindfulness.

Sulak Sivaraksa

Sulak Sivaraksa, Founder of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. He was Chair of the Asian Cultural Forum on Development, as a leading social thinker and activist he has been a visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, University of Hawaii, Cornell, and Swarthmore.

Seeds of Peace, his first book published in the US, contains the seminal thinker’s clearest and most forceful writings.

Meena Srinivasan

Meena Srinivasan, MA, NBCT, is an experienced international educator and public speaker who is passionate about bringing mindfulness into education. She is one of the youngest educators to be awarded the prestigious National Board Certification. A contributor to United Nations publications and education curriculums, Srinivasan earned a Masters degree in Education from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the London School of Economics and Amherst College. After five years of being based in India, she taught 6th grade in Oakland, California before working for the Oakland Unified School District as a consultant on Mindful Curriculum. She lives in Oakland, CA.

Sister Susan

Sister Susan (Susan Swan), a grandmother and former teacher, was ordained as a nun in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. She lives and practices at Deer Park monastery in California. She is very grateful for the practice and joy of mindfulness, and has the wholehearted wish that it will benefit children.

Ko Un

Ko Un, Korea’s best known and most prolific poet, has been nominated for the Nobel Literature Prize three times, most recently in 2005. His work has been published in many countries. Ko Un lives in Ansong, South Korea.

Christopher Willard

Dr. Christopher Willard is a psychotherapist at Tufts University. He also consults and has a private practice in the Boston area. Dr. Willard has taught with the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and has taught meditation to a wide range of people, from young children to recently paroled murderers to psychotherapists and schoolteachers. When not working or practicing he enjoys cooking, hiking, writing, and traveling.

Carmen Yuen

Carmen Yuen is a Canadian blogger, author, journalist, and TV host. She is also the author of Cute Yummy Time, Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants and is a contributing travel & culture journalist for Business Insider, Huffington Post / AOL and CNN.


Annabelle Zinser

Annabelle Zinser earned a PhD in history and politics and later trained as a massage therapist and yoga teacher, fields she practiced and taught in for many years. She received Dharma teacher transmission from both Ruth Denison and Thich Nhat Hanh, eventually becoming a member of the Order of Interbeing practice community. Thich Nhat Hanh bequeathed to her his urban practice center in Berlin, where she lives and has led the practice since 2002. She is the recipient of the United Nation’s 2007 Outstanding Women in Buddhism award.