Wisdom Talks, Meditation & Music
Saturday, June 1, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PMThe Writers Guild Theater
The Power of Integrity in our Burning World
Roshi Joan Halifax
The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path
Lunch Break and Book Signing - There are several restaurants in the area.
Buddha: Great Physician & Mind Scientist for Trying Times
Robert A.F. Thurman
Inner Wealth: How to Cultivate Your Mind To Overcome Spiritual Poverty
Dawa Tarchin Phillips
Tibetan Healing Mantras: A Musical Performance
Drukmo Gyal Dakini
Meditation as Medicine: How Tibetan Doctors Use Holistic Practices to Heal
Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
Everything Hangs on Intention: How to Align Your Intentions with Your Real Values
About Roshi Joan Halifax...
Roshi Joan Halifax is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order and founder of Prajna Mountain Buddhist Order, her work and practice for more than four decades has focused on engaged Buddhism. She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 1973 and has lectured on the subject of death and dying around the world.
Her books include: The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof); Simplicity in the Complex: A Buddhist Life in America; Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in the Presence of Death; and Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet which was released in 2018.
About Robert A.F. Thurman...
Robert A.F. Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and its Menla Retreat & Spa in service of HH Dalai Lama & the people of Tibet.
A close friend of the Dalai Lama’s for over 50 years, he is a leading world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, passionate activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, skilled translator of Buddhist texts, and inspiring writer of popular Buddhist books.
His most recent book is the 300 page graphic novel, Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet. In partnership with Nena Thurman and dedicated contributors, he now focuses on making Tibet House US and its Menla Retreat & Spa a global center for the promotion, study and practice of Tibetan Buddhist healing arts and sciences of body, mind, and spirit, dedicated as a complement to the vast life work of its patron, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
About Sylvia Boorstein...
Sylvia Boorstein is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California and is also a Senior Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been a psychotherapist since 1967 and has been teaching Dharma and mindfulness meditation since 1985.
She is particularly interested in emphasizing daily life as mindfulness practice and including informed citizenship and social activism as integral to spiritual maturation. Her books include It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness and Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life.
About Dawa Tarchin Phillips...
Dawa Tarchin Phillips is a modern Buddhist lama, author and senior Western meditation teacher. He is the President/CEO of Empowerment Holdings and President and Co-Founder of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association.
An advanced Dharma and meditation practitioner for over 25 years, Dawa completed two 3-year meditation retreats and teaches as an authorized, non-sectarian lama of the Kagyu School of Vajrayana Buddhism in the U.S. and abroad.
He is the acting resident teacher of the Santa Barbara Bodhi Path Center and a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and the Association of Transformational Leaders.
About Dr. Nida Chenagtsang...
Dr. Nida Chenagtsang was born in Tibet and trained in Sowa Rigpa (Traditional Tibetan Medicine) at the Lhasa Tibetan Medical University. He has trained in Vajrayana with teachers from every school of Tibetan Buddhism and is a lineage holder of the Yuthok Nyingthig, the unique spiritual tradition of Tibetan Medicine.
He has published several books and articles on Tibetan yoga and medicine and his extensive research and revival of ancient Tibetan healing methods has earned him great acclaim in both East and West. Dr. Nida is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Sorig Khang International and Co-Founder of the International Ngakmang Institute, established to preserve and maintain the Rebkong ngakpa non-monastic yogi/ini culture within modern Tibetan society.
About Norman Fischer...
Norman Fischer has been a Zen Buddhist priest for nearly 30 years. He served as abbot for the San Francisco Zen Center from 1995 to 2000. He is the spiritual director and founder of the Everyday Zen Foundation, an organization dedicated to adapting Zen Buddhist teachings to Western culture.
He is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and the author of seventeen books of poetry and six books of prose on Zen and religion.
He frequently publishes essays in Buddhadharma, Tricycle and Shambala Sun. His recent publication, The World Could Be Otherwise, Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path, is an imaginative approach to spiritual practice in difficult times.
About Drukmo Gyal Dakini...
Drukmo Gyal Dakini (འགྲུག་མོ་རྒྱ) was born in the Northeastern part of Tibet into a yogi family where mantra, yoga, and meditation were introduced at a young age.
With support from her community and family, she practiced mantras with traditional melodies and in 2008 began singing publicly and touring the world.
In 2014 she moved to the West in order to work with Sorig Khang International. She has since produced five albums of Tibetan healing mantras and chants with musicians from all over the world and traveled to over twenty countries to share concerts, talks, workshops, and courses on mantra, yoga, meditation, and the external healing therapies of Tibetan Medicine.