Sakyong SmilingSakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of Shambhala, a global network of contemplative communities, grounded in the power of creating enlightened society in everyday life and the inherent goodness of humanity.

The Sakyong, literally translated as “earth protector,” is a dharma king and lineage holder of the Shambhala lineage, guiding thousands of students around the world in the path of meditation. More


Pema Chödrön

As a beloved Buddhist teacher, author, nun and mother, Pema Chödrön has inspired millions of people from around the world who have been touched by her example and message of practicing peace in these turbulent times. She is widely known for her charming and down-to-earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences. We are delighted that Ani Pema will be joining us for this event. It will be her only public teaching on the West Coast in 2014. More


Acharya Adam Lobel

Acharya Adam Lobel

Adam Lobel. M. Div. is a senior teacher  (acharya) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and a scholar of religion and philosophy. In his role in the Shambhala tradition, he works closely with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on curriculum and path development as well as training teachers.  In addition to leading programs worldwide, he has taught meditation to youths within the prison system and is involved in numerous ecological and social transformation initiatives. Adam is a husband, and father of two young boys, and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. More



The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus

His leadership has focused on key issues related to peace and justice, including immigration reform, climate change, civil rights for LBGT persons, and health care. An example of his local engagement includes co-chairing a community-wide planning process for rebuilding St. Luke’s hospital in San Francisco. Bishop Andrus serves on the boards of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, California Pacific Medical Center, Episcopal Charities, the Episcopal School for Deacons, Episcopal Community Services, and the American Bach Soloists, among other foundations.