Acharya Charlene Leung, leads meditation and social justice programs & retreats and serves as Chairperson of the Shambhala Diversity Working Group. She is a teacher for the UNtraining, an organization devoted to healing personal and social oppressions. Buddhadharma and Lion’s Roar recently published her article The Healing Practice of Cultural Humility.
Jozen Tamori Gibson began formal Zen practice in 2004 in Japan and Theravada practice in 2010. Jozen is a senior student at the Brooklyn Zen Center where he also serves as co-facilitator of the People of Color sangha, the Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine group and the Awake Youth Project. Jozen is in the current Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program.
Kaira Jewel Lingo began mindfulness practice in 1997. She is a Zen Dharma Teacher trained by Thich Nhat Hanh and was an ordained nun for 15 years. Kaira is in the current Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. One of the books she edited is Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. She teaches worldwide and enjoys interweaving art, play, ecology, and social justice.
Michaela McCormick is a Shambhala teacher, leader of Queer Dharma, and ten year member of the Diversity Working Group. She leads workshops on white awareness, anti-racism, patriarchy, and social liberation. She is a long-time activist focused on racial and economic justice, currently working in the Poor People’s Campaign.
Lyn Fine was born in 1944 and raised in New York City in a Jewish family of German, Russian, and Latvian roots. She received Lamp Transmission as a Dharma Teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing in 1994, and is currently active with the Plum Village Community’s international sangha ARISE (Awakening Through Race, Intersectionality, and Social Equity).