Donald Altman is the author of Clearing Emotional Clutter: Mindfulness practices for letting go of what’s blocking your fulfillment and transformation, as well as several other books about mindfulness. He is a practicing psychotherapist and former Buddhist monk. An award-winning writer and an expert on mindful eating, he teaches in the neurobiology program at Portland State University.
Our guest this week on Pathways is Shamar Rinpoche, author of the new book, The Path to Awakening: How Buddhism’s Seven Points of Mind Training Can Lead You to a Life of Enlightenment and Happiness. He is the 14th Shamarpa. Born in 1952 in Tibet, Shamar Rinpoche was recognized by the 16th Karmapa in 1957, and by the 14th Dalai Lama. In 1996, he started to organize Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers, a network of centers covering many continents, which practice a non-sectarian approach to meditation. In addition, over the years, Shamar Rinpoche has founded several non-profit organizations worldwide and engaged in charitable activities such as schooling underprivileged children and promoting animal rights.
Paul Gerhards is author of the book, Mapping the Dharma: A Concise Guide to the Middle Way of the Buddha. Paul Gerhards has been studying and practicing Buddhism for more than 10 years. His principal course of study is Theravada, the school of Buddhism also known as the Southern Transmission, which has its roots in Thailand, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Paul is also the founder of Parami Press, a one-man publisher of Buddhist books in Vancouver, Washington.
Thubten Chodron is author of the new book, Don’t Believe Everything You Think: Living with Wisdom and Compassion. She is an American-born Buddhist nun, has studied and practiced Buddhism in India and Nepal since 1975. Chodron travels worldwide, teaching and leading meditation retreats, and is known for her clear and practical explanations of the Buddha’s teachings. She is the author of numerous books, including Buddhism for Beginners and Open Heart, Clear Mind. She is the founder of the Sravasti Abbey, in Newport, WA, which fulfills her long-held vision to share the Buddha’s teachings, incorporating the best elements of Western society, including gender equality and using technology to spread the Dharma.
Polly Campbell is author of the new book, Imperfect Spirituality: Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People. Polly is a writer and speaker specializing in personal development and spirituality topics. Her work appears regularly in national publications and she is a blogger with Psychology Today, and a teacher for Daily Om. For more than two decades, Polly has studied and applied the techniques she writes and speaks about to her own life. Polly and her family live in Beaverton, OR.
David Rynick is author of the new book, This Truth Never Fails, A Zen Memoir in Four Seasons. David is a Zen teacher authorized in two lineages, a Korean Linji lineage and Japanese Soto one. He’s a founding teacher of Boundless Way Zen, a rapidly expanding national network of Zen groups. Since 1991 Rynick has worked as a life and leadership coach as part of the International Coaching Federation and through the Coaches Training Institute. He provides faith-based coaching to individuals and peer coaching for clergy from diverse faiths. He has created and led numerous professional workshops and classes on leadership, systems thinking, coaching, meditation, diversity, and creativity, and has served as a faculty member at Cambridge College and the president of his Universalist Unitarian church. A former professional potter and improvisational dancer, he is also an avid landscape gardener as well as licensed as a Certified Maine Kayak Guide. Rynick holds a B.A. and an M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He is the resident teacher of the Boundless Way Zen Temple in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife, also a Zen teacher.
Samuel Avery is author of Buddha and the Quantum: Hearing the Voice of Every Cell. Sam holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in religion and he has taught university level courses. He has practiced meditation daily for forty-one years. Samuel has written a series of articles and books on the relationship of physics and consciousness to each other, including the books Transcendence of the Western Mind and The Dimensional Structure of Consciousness. Since 1973 he has lived with his wife on a small farm on the banks of the Nolin River in central Kentucky.
Dr. Staruch speaks about women’s health issues and mind-body medicine. An EMT for 5 years in Manhattan, NY, led her to a calmer 15 years in medical research and now 10 years in naturopathic medicine. Dr. Staruch provides patients with effective healthcare based on the most current and evidence-based research. Among these include using Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET) to treat and correct allergies. Dr. Staruch calls upon her 30+ years of combined experience in the medical field for her role as a prominent spokesperson for the health products industry.