Warriors in the World

Warriors in the World features notable examples of how people are expressing basic goodness and creating Enlightened Society. Submissions of what you, or someone you know of, is doing and why you think it’s important would be welcomed by emailing norcalshambhala@gmail.com.

Beth Clarke with baby

Beth Clarke

While we all strive for balance in our lives, Beth Clarke is accomplished at one distinctive discipline that requires her equilibrium to be in constant flux: the slack rope. A founding member of the San Francisco circus troupe Sweet Can Productions, Beth’s vision and range of theatrical and circus skills contribute fundamentally to their warm … Continue 

Amy Saltzman

Amy Saltzman

A warrior in the world, Dr. Amy Saltzman is devoted to exploring the ways in which mindfulness can enhance the human experience, especially to the experience of being a child or adolescent. As a trained medical doctor, she offers a holistic perspective in the field of mindfulness. As a mother, she offers compassion. She is … Continue 

David Möschler

David Möschler

“It’s not enough just to passively want there to be change in the world. You have to actively do something.” Talk to David Möschler, even for a few minutes, and you realize that he is spending his life doing something that matters to him. Go to one of the sessions with his organization, the Awesöme … Continue 

John Rettger

John Rettger, PhD always has a smile. His dedication and generosity propel his work in the world. Holding many seats, Johnfacilitates healing through yoga and mindfulness in a multitude of ways. John received the PhD in clinical psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA. John’s diverse training background and practice integrates psychological approaches … Continue 

Sam Himelstein, PhD

Sam Himelstein

Sam Himelstein, PhD exudes authenticity and genuine presence. Sam, a formerly incarcerated youth himself, is dedicated to and passionate about serving high-risk and incarcerated youth, populations suffering from addiction, and those suffering from trauma through the practice of mindfulness and other emotional intelligence skills. He brings a great deal of both personal and professional experience to his … Continue 

Meena Srinivasan

Meena Srinivasan

Meena Srinivasan possesses a warm, glowing presence. Immediately upon meeting her, one can sense her generous, open heart. Meena’s work in our community is an inspiration and her willingness to share her experience and wisdom with others is a source of great joy. Meena is a thought leader in the mindfulness in education field. She is currently part of … Continue 

Alex Van Gils

Alex Van Gils

Alex Van Gils likes to make noise. Like many young Americans, he found his way into a rock n’ roll band as an electric bass player. With the benefit of a dharma upbringing he describes as “skillful,” Alex investigated the lineage of bass players he admired. He tuned in to who his favorite musicians’ mentors … Continue 

photo portrait of Acharya Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore wasn’t all that interested in Buddhist meditation nor was she looking for a spiritual path when she arrived at Naropa Institute in Boulder in 1979 to study contemplative psychology, dance and other arts programs. Yet she was nourished by the atmosphere, and enthralled with the parties. “Naropa allowed me to participate in the … Continue 

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche with Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein

Report from the Scene by Sarah Lipton Shambhala Times Editor-in-chief At a sold out event at the Rubin Museum, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche sat on stage for an hour-long dialogue with Charles Eisenstein, author of “Sacred Economics”. With fifty percent of the people seeing the Sakyong for the first time and the other half seeing Charles … Continue 

Nancy Grant

Nancy Grant has a dharmic ear attuned to what she does and doesn’t hear. She hears and makes music in manifestations mostly renaissance and medieval, with recorders and voice, in modal harmonies and polyphonic rhythms. She enjoys playing in ensembles that demand the attention of simultaneously listening and producing and breathing together, playing the rests … Continue