Radical Compassion Symposium
Speaker Bios

Lama Tsultrim AllioneLama Tsultrim Allione is a Western Buddhist teacher, as well as founder and spiritual director of Tara Mandala Retreat Center. Lama Tsultrim's teachings arise from her studies with numerous Tibetan Buddhist teachers, her forty-year dedication to the Buddhist path, and her experience as a Western woman and a mother. Recipient of the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Award, she is the author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict.

Bernard AmadeiBernard Amadei is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the founding president of Engineers Without Borders - USA, and co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders - International network. Recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Amadei was appointed as a Science Envoy by the U.S. Department of State in 2012.

Bernard Amadei Elias Amidon is the spiritual director (Pir) of the Sufi Way. Elias teaches and holds retreats on nondual spirituality and Sufism throughout Europe and the United States. He has worked for many years with his wife Rabia in the field of peace and environmental activism in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and with indigenous tribes on land-rights issues. He is the author of the book The Open Path: Recognizing Nondual Awareness, and co-editor with Rabia of the books Earth Prayers, Life Prayers, and Prayers for a Thousand Years.

Barbara BashBarbara Bash is a calligrapher, author, and illustrator. She studied dharma art with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and has trained in Nonviolent Communication and Focusing, and she weaves these practices into her visual learning explorations. Her most recently published book is True Nature: An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude.

Marc BekoffMarc Bekoff is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado. His numerous publications include Rewilding Our Hearts. Recipient of the Saint Francis of Assisi Award by the Auckland SPCA, he has received awards for his work in animal behavior and with Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program.

Adam BuckoAdam Bucko is an activist, spiritual director to many of New York City's homeless youth, and co-author of a new award-winning book, Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation. He co-founded The Reciprocity Foundation, an initiative empowering homeless youth to break the cycle of poverty, and established HAB, an interspiritual contemplative fellowship focused on training young people in radical spirituality and sacred activism. His work has been featured by ABC News, CBS, NBC, National Catholic Reporter, Ode Magazine, Yoga International Magazine, and others.

Christine CaldwellChristine Caldwell founded Naropa's MA Somatic Counseling degree and continues to serve as a professor of somatic psychology. She is Naropa's first dean of graduate education and the founder and director of the Moving Cycle Institute, promoting the understanding of movement as it relates to health, wellbeing, and conscious evolution. She is the author of two books: Getting Our Bodies Back and Getting in Touch.

Rev. Dr. Joan Brown CampbellRev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell is Chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women and the Global Compassion Council. An ordained Christian minister, she is a devoted activist for peace and social justice, believing that citizens in a democracy must act on their conscience. Former Executive Director of the US Office of the World Council of Churches, she was the first woman clergy to serve as the Secretary General of the National Council of Churches, and has served in numerous international organizations, including the Fund for Education in South Africa and the Advisory Committee for Americans for Humanitarian Trade with Cuba.

Jerry ColonnaJerry Colonna is a certified professional coach. Previously, he was a venture capitalist and co-launched Flatiron, which became one of the most successful early-stage investment programs. He was also an investor with JP Morgan Partners and a founding partner of Internet-specific venture firm CMG@Ventures L.P. On Naropa's board of trustees since 2010, he was included in Upside Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the new economy, Forbes ASAP's list of the best VCs in the country, and Worth's list of the 25 most generous young Americans.

Ramon Gabrieloff-ParishRamon Gabrieloff-Parish, MA, is a family man who teaches environmental justice, social identity, and contemplative learning at Naropa University. In his quest for the alchemical marriage between dance, art, science, activism, cultural diversity, and the sacred, he works to awaken mainstream education to the elemental language of ritual.

Bernie GlassmanBernie Glassman, Zen Master, is a world-renowned pioneer in the American Zen movement. A spiritual leader, published author, accomplished academic, and successful businessman with a PhD in Applied Mathematics, he is the founder of Zen Peacemakers and serves in socially engaged projects around the world.

Peter GrossenbacherPeter Grossenbacher, PhD, Associate Professor in Contemplative Psychology and Contemplative Education, conducts empirical research on meditation and the teaching of meditation. His work has been covered in The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, and Discover Magazine. A practitioner of meditation since 1980, Peter speaks internationally on contemplative education, synesthesia, meditation and the brain.

Amy HallAmy Hall, MBA, is director of social consciousness and Leadership Forum member for women's clothing designer, Eileen Fisher. In her role, Amy guides the company toward ever-increasing human, environmental, and economic sustainability. She chairs the advisory board of Social Accountability International and serves on the board of the American Sustainable Business Council. In 2011, she rode from New York City to Washington, D.C. on her self-built bamboo bike, as part of the Brita Climate Ride.

Arawana HayashiArawana Hayashi is a choreographer, performer, and educator who brings Social Presencing Theater and meditation into the capacity-building programs of the Presencing Institute. An Acharya (senior teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, she brings embodied awareness practices to organizations and social change projects.

Noah LevineNoah Levine is a Buddhist teacher and counselor who teaches nationally and leads groups in juvenile halls and prisons. Trained to teach by Jack Kornfield, he has studied with many prominent teachers in both the Theravadan and Mahayana Buddhist traditions. He is the author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, and The Heart of the Revolution: The Buddha's Radical Teachings on Forgiveness, Compassion and Kindness.

Chuck LiefChuck Lief, JD, president of Naropa University, served as president of the Greyston Foundation, one of the earliest and best-known models of integrated nonprofit social enterprises and service providers in the country. He has worked with various organizations promoting equitable housing and economic development, has served on numerous nonprofit boards, and was chair of the national Social Enterprise Alliance and of Shambhala International.

Judy LiefJudy Lief is a Buddhist teacher focusing on how the insights and meditative techniques stemming from the Buddhist tradition can be applied to the challenges of everyday life and to pressing global issues. Author of Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality, she has been teaching on a contemplative approach to death and dying since 1976.

Joanna MacyJoanna Macy is an eco-philosopher and scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements of peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. Her many books include World as Lover, World as Self; Coming Back to Life; Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory; and most recently, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy.

Melvin McLeodMelvin McLeod is editor-in-chief of Shambhala Sun and editorial director of Mindful magazine. He is the editor of Mindful Politics: A Buddhist Guide to Making the World a Better Place, the Best Buddhist Writing series, and three books of teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Melissa MichaelsMelissa Michaels, EdD, creates movement-based, cross-cultural community journeys focusing on life's major thresholds. Her nonprofit, Golden Bridge, has been educating, initiating, and mentoring young people and adults around the world for three decades. A Fielding University Fellow, she is currently working with cross-boundary communities in Africa.

Sakyong Mipham RinpocheSakyong Mipham Rinpoche, eldest son of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, is Naropa University's lineage holder. He serves as temporal and spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers, and is the author of Turning the Mind into an AllyRuling your World, Running with the Mind of Meditation, and The Shambhala Principle.

Tyler NorrisTyler Norris is an entrepreneur and founder of more than a dozen businesses and social ventures. His three decades of service in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors have focused on population health, community vitality, and equitable prosperity. He currently serves as vice president of Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente.

Elizabeth Rabia RobertsElizabeth Rabia Roberts, EdD, is a spiritual teacher, global educator and international peace and justice activist who has lived and worked in dozens of countries, including Burma, Brazil, Syria, Iran and most recently Afghanistan. She co-created four on-going educational programs including Naropa University’s Environmental Leadership MA. An initiated Sheika in the Sufi Way and a teacher in the Buddhist non–dual tradition, she has guided Wilderness Quests for over 25 years and continues to mentor social activists and quest guides. Rabia is co-author of Earth Prayers and Prayers for a Thousand Years.

Robert ScaerRobert Scaer, MD, is Board Certified in Neurology and served as Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Mapleton Center in Boulder, CO, for twenty years. His primary areas of interest and expertise have been in the fields of brain injury and chronic pain, and more recently in the study of traumatic stress and its role in all mental illness, as well as in physical symptoms and many chronic diseases. He has published widely and is the author of The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation and Disease, The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden Wounds in Human Healing, and Eight Keys to Restoring Brain-Body Balance.

Vandana ShivaVandana Shiva is a world-renowned Indian environmental and anti-globalization activist who received the Right Livelihood Award in 1993. She is the author of more than 20 books, including Making Peace with the Earth; Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace; and Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis.

Daniel SiegelDaniel J. Siegel, MD, is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and is also founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. An award-winning educator, he is executive director of the Mindsight Institute. Dr. Siegel's numerous publications include The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, and Mindsight. His latest release is The New York Times bestseller, Brainstorm.

Acarya Judith Simmer-BrownAcharya Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, is a senior dharma teacher of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, has been professor of religious studies at Naropa University since 1978, and serves on the board of the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies. She is the author of Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation and the Classroom, and is co-author of Benedict's Dharma: Buddhists Comment on the Rule of St. Benedict.

Susan SkjeiSusan Skjei, PhD, PCC, is an educator, executive coach, and consultant specializing in leadership and transformative change. Formerly a Vice-President and Chief Learning Officer for a large technology company, she founded and directs Naropa's Authentic Leadership program and consults internationally through her company, Sane Systems. A Shambhala Buddhist practitioner and teacher for over 30 years, she integrates mindfulness, dialogue and systems thinking to foster organizational effectiveness and learning.

Ringu Tulku RinpocheRingu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu Order who trained under His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, among many others. He served as professor of Tibetan studies in Sikkim for twenty-five years, and has been teaching Buddhism and meditation around the world since 1990. Founder of Bodhicharya, he is the author of several books, including Daring Steps Toward Fearlessness and Confusion Arises as Wisdom.

Anne WaldmanAnne Waldman co-founded Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and serves as distinguished professor of poetics and as artistic director of the Summer Writing Program. She has authored more than forty books of poetry, including Gossamurmur and The Iovis Trilogy, and is co-editor of CROSS WORLDS, an anthology of transcultural poetics. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013–2014.

Candace WalworthCandace Walworth, PhD, co-founder of Naropa’s undergraduate Peace Studies program, is a professor of Peace Studies and serves as the faculty lead for Naropa’s “Community-based Learning and Action” seminar, working with diverse community partners to provide students with first-hand experience working locally on issues related to peace, human rights, and environmental sustainability. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, she designs and facilitates learning communities that encourage and support personal discovery and voice, dialogue across difference, creativity, service, and engaged scholarship.

Karen Kissel WegelaKaren Kissel Wegela, PhD, is a professor in Naropa University's MA Contemplative Counseling Psychotherapy program and a psychologist in private practice. She is the author of What Really Helps and The Courage to Be Present. Her new book, forthcoming from W.W. Norton in the fall of 2014, is Contemplative Psychotherapy Essentials.

In Memoriam

Dr. Vincent HardingNaropa honors the memory of Dr. Vincent Harding, who was scheduled to speak at the Radical Compassion Conference. Read the Statement from President Charles G. Lief on the passing of Dr. Vincent Harding: