Acharya Emily Bower
Acharya Emily Bower has been practicing in the Shambhala community since 1987, and began studying with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 1991. She has served as his editor for various projects, including his first book, Turning the Mind into an Ally. She studied kyudo with Kanjuro Shibata Sensei and is a lifelong member of the Dorje Kasung. She lived on staff at Karme Chöling for three years. She now serves as the regional acharya for New Zealand and Australia.
She has been a professional editor since 1987 and most recently worked full-time as an acquiring editor for Shambhala Publications in Boston. Now, in addition to teaching in the Shambhala mandala, she continues to work as a book editor and publishing consultant. She lives in Los Angeles and is married to Dr. Peter Alan Roberts. She enjoys leading weeklong and two-week-long sitting retreats.