Lama Surya Das is the author of the book, Buddha Is As Buddha Does: The Ten Original Practices for Enlightened Living. Lama Surya Das has spent more than thirty-five years studying Zen, yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism with the great spiritual masters of Asia, including the Dalai Lama’s own teachers. He is the founder and spiritual director of the Dzogchen Foundation in Massachusetts and worked with the Dalai Lama to establish the Western Buddhist Teachers Network. He is a bestselling author of many books, including Awakening the Buddha Within and Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be.
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.
David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T. is a psychotherapist, teacher, workshop leader, and writer who works in Santa Barbara and San Francisco California. He is the author of the new book, When the Past is Present. He combines Jungian, poetic, and mythic perspectives in his work with the intention of integrating the psychological and the spiritual. His books and workshops include attention to Buddhist practices.
Paul Levy is a pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, as well as an innovator in the field of dreaming. A Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for over 30 years, he has intimately studied with some of the greatest spiritual masters of Tibet and Burma. He is the author of The Madness of George Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis, as well as Wetiko: The Greatest Epidemic Sickness Known to Humanity.
Mark Epstein discusses his book, Open to Desire: Embracing a Lust for Life. He is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City. Mark lectures frequently about the value of Buddhist meditation in psychotherapy. His previous books include Thoughts Without a Thinker, Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart, and Going on Being. He is a contributing editor to “Tricycle: The Buddhist Review” and has written many articles for “Yoga Journal” and “O: The Oprah Magazine.”