Saturday Morning Program

Two talks:
Sharon Salzberg
Noah Levine

June 3, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection

Sharon's talk unpacks the myths we have been taught about where strength lies, what makes us give up, who matters, and how alone we really are. This leads us to a fresh exploration of a clichéd word: love.

Love for oneself broadens our sense of possibility and builds a sense of inner resource, so we can more truly love another. This opens the door to the realization we can love all beings (recognize our lives are connected, wish them to be free) without feeling compelled to like them, approve of them, or cease challenging their actions. The presentation will include guided meditation and Q&A.

Book Signing Premiere: After the talk, BuddhaFest will host the first official book signing event for Sharon's new book, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. Advance copies will be available for sale.

About Sharon Salzberg...

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and bestselling author. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and the author of ten books including New York Times bestseller Real Happiness, her seminal work Lovingkindness and her forthcoming release by Flatiron Books, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to The Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast: The Metta Hour.

Noah Levine

Noah Levine

Against the Stream: Buddhism as Rebellion

Noah demonstrates how the Buddha's teachings are a subversive rebellion against the status quo. On the path of awakening, not only do we have to transform our dysfunctional relationship to the internal causes of suffering that arise in the form of clinging to pleasure, aversion to pain, and self-centeredness; we also must live a life of ethical behavior that goes against the norms of our confused culture of systematic oppression.

About Noah Levine...

Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, Against The Stream, The Heart of the Revolution and Refuge Recovery, is a Buddhist teacher, author and counselor. He has created a Buddhist approach to addiction recovery called Refuge Recovery. He is also the founding teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, with centers in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Nashville and over 20 affiliated groups around North America. 


Saturday Evening Talk:

Ani Choying Drolma
& Dawa Tarchin Phillips
in Conversation

June 3, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Ani Choying Drolma

Ani Choying Drolma

The Power and Beauty of Awakening in Modern Times

Dawa Tarchin Phillips

Dawa Tarchin Phillips

A revealing conversation about authentic practice, life, love, creativity and liberation by two unique spiritual leaders and masters of their craft - one a Buddhist nun, and the other a Buddhist lama.

About Ani Choying Drolma...

Ani Choying Drolma is a Nepalese Buddhist nun and internationally-acclaimed singer of traditional and modernized Buddhist chants, as well as Nepali and Tibetan songs. She has toured extensively in North America, Asia, and Europe to support her numerous humanitarian efforts, including the education of young girls, care of the elderly, and providing medical services for the underprivileged and dispossessed through her Nun’s Welfare Foundation. Her autobiography Singing for Freedom is an international bestseller and she is Nepal’s first-ever appointed UNICEF ambassador.

About Dawa Tarchin Phillips...

Dawa Tarchin Phillips is a modern Buddhist lama, author and senior Western meditation teacher. He is President and CEO of Empowerment Holdings, LLC, a consulting firm that trains business leaders and organizations in Mindful Leadership, Awakened Prosperity and Awakened Business approaches. 

He is Co-founder and the Director of Education of the Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California Santa Barbara. He and his work have been featured in the New York Times, The Huffington Post, Men’s Fitness, Forbes and Fast Company.


Sunday Morning Program

Three talks:
Mushim Patricia Ikeda
Christiane Wolf
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

June 4, 10:00 AM - Noon

Mushim Patricia Ikeda

Mushim Patricia Ikeda

Healing the Divide: Diversity, Compassion and Interconnection

The deep political and spiritual divisions many people are experiencing in the U.S. during these uncertain times cause suffering and fear. Mushim discusses how there's an opportunity here for us to come closer to one another, to compassionately and skillfully bridge grievous divides in our communities and families.

Can the 2,600-year-old teachings and practices of the Buddha help us to illuminate and understand our differences and compassionately acknowledge and deeply realize our fundamental interconnectedness? Mushim explores how turning our attention towards issues of inequity, social engagement, and the liberation movements of our times creates the potential for greater awakening, both individual and collective. 

About Mushim Patricia Ikeda...

Mushim Patricia Ikeda is a Buddhist teacher known for her work in mindfulness and social justice with underrepresented communities. Her essay, "I Vow Not to Burn Out" was Buddhadharma's most popular article in 2016, and she is the recipient of the Gil A. Lopez Peacemaker Award for a peacemaker of color from the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California.

In 2015, Mushim was one of 23 socially-engaged Buddhist leaders from the United States invited to engage in inter-religious dialogue with Catholic leaders in Rome. She is also a diversity and inclusion consultant, and a recent recipient of a Global Diversity Leadership Award from the World HRD Congress in Mumbai, India. Mushim is a core teacher at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, California, and teaches meditation retreats for people of color, women, and social justice activists nationally.

Christiane Wolf

Christiane Wolf

Integrity: Respecting and Living in Accordance with Our Core Values

What we do – or don’t do – matters. The way we respond to our thoughts, emotions and impulses makes all the difference to the world around us. And it shapes us deeply, psychologically and spiritually. What matters most to me? And how do I live from that place? Will I even be aware when I lapse – and what do I do then? Turns out that the Buddha already taught about how to use self-respect and regard for those who matter most to us as practical tools to live a life of integrity.

About Christiane Wolf...

Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD, is a physician turned Mindfulness and Buddhist teacher. She bridges her traditional Buddhist teacher training in the Western Vipassana tradition, mainly through Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield, and the secular mindfulness world, like MBSR - Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, where she is an expert teacher trainer, with her background in medicine and science.

Being a non-native English speaker herself she is acutely aware of the importance and challenge of meaningful and appropriate translation and sees herself as a translator of the ancient wisdom teachings into clear, kind and compassionate language, within clinical settings and in the wider community.

Christiane is teaching locally at InsightLA, where she is a senior teacher, at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and also in Europe. She is the co-author of the book A Clinician’s Guide To Teaching Mindfulness.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Working with the Emotional Mind: How to Change the World from Within

How can we bring about positive change when things feel so unpredictable, and strong emotions, such as fear, anxiety, and anger, arise all the time? Rinpoche shows us that through showing kindness and compassion to ourselves, and transforming our own emotional landscape, we free ourselves to extend that kindness to others. By working directly with our own emotional minds, we are able to become a force for genuine positive change in the world.

About Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche...

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a widely celebrated Buddhist teacher and the author of Emotional RescueRebel Buddha, and other books. A lover of music, art and urban culture, Rinpoche is a poet, photographer, accomplished calligrapher and visual artist, as well as a prolific author. Rinpoche is founder and president of Nalandabodhi, an international network of Buddhist centers.

Rinpoche is acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is known for his sharp intellect, humor, and easygoing teaching style.