Teachers for Fear and Courage: Rising to the Challenge of Wakefulness Electives 2018

Barry Boyce

Barry Boyce

Barry Boyce is editor-in-chief of Mindful magazine and mindful.org. He became a student of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, in 1973. Also a professional writer and editor, he is the editor of and a primary contributor to The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditation Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life. Barry also worked closely with Congressman Tim Ryan, as developmental editor, on A Mindful Nation and The Real Food Revolution. He is a member of the group who created the Denma translation of Sun Tzu’s Art of War and co-author of The Rules of Victory: How to Transform Chaos and Conflict; Strategies from the Art of War. Barry serves on the board of directors of the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto; on the advisory board of Peace in Schools, in Portland, Oregon; and is currently chair of the board of the Profound Treasury Dharma Foundation, which sponsors the Profound Treasury Retreat. Barry lives in Nova Scotia.  Barry will teach the elective course Smile at Fear: Finding a True Heart of Bravery.

Steve Clorfeine

Steve Clorfeine

Steve Clorfeine has been performing and teaching improvisation for over 40 years, beginning as Naropa Institute faculty in 1975 and working in the companies of Barbara Dilley, Meredith Monk, Ping Chong and teaching throughout Europe, India and Nepal. In presenting theater and storytelling, Steve uses sound and movement exercises to help people access memory in surprising and provocative ways leading them to new avenues to tell their stories. He is a longtime student in the Tibetan Buddhist and Shambhala traditions teaching Shambhala Training and Dharma Art. Steve will teach the elective course Playfulness & Mindfulness: Improvisation as Contemplative Practice.

Carolyn Gimian

Carolyn Gimian

Carolyn Rose Gimian has been writing, editing, and teaching about meditation and mindfulness for more than thirty-five years. She has extensive experience training meditation instructors and teachers. She teaches seminars on a variety of topics, including meditation and working with fear, several of which she co-taught with Pema Chodren. She is the editor of many books by Chögyam Trungpa, including his Collected Works, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Smile at Fear and most recently Mindfulness in Action. She is the director of the Chögyam Trungpa Institute at Naropa University. Carolyn will teach the elective course Smile at Fear: Finding a True Heart of Bravery

Lanny Harrison

Lanny Harrison

Lanny Harrison is a performance and visual artist, teacher and poet. She has created many one-woman shows and collaborated with performers, musicians, artists including Steve Clorfeine, the late Collin Walcott, Jerry Granelli, Barbara Bash, and Arawana Hayashi. Lanny has been a member of The House, Meredith Monk’s company, since 1969. In Lanny’s classes, she integrates contemplative disciplines and movement/theatrical improvisation. She teaches a course,”Performing Stories: East Meets West” at NYU’s Gallatin School and an ongoing workshop, “Characters in Motion” at the NY Shambhala Center. Lanny has taught at Naropa University over the years, since 1975. She became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s in 1972 and is a certified Meditation Instructor. Lanny will teach the elective course Playfulness & Mindfulness: Improvisation as Contemplative Practice.

Andrew Carr

Andrew Karr

Andy is a writer, photographer, meditator, and Buddhist teacher. He trained with two of the great founding teachers of Western Buddhism: Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He is a student of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and the author of Contemplating Reality: an experiential guide to Buddhist philosophy (Shambhala Publications, 2007) and co-author of The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes (Shambhala Publications, 2011). Andy will teach the elective course Bringing Whatever You Meet to the Path: Herioic Aspirations and Real Life Struggles of Bodhisattvas

Michele Laporte

Michelle Laporte

Michelle is a longtime student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and other luminous, mainly Tibetan Buddhist teachers. When she is not at the Profound Treasury Retreat she can usually be found in Brooklyn, New York, where she practices illustration, painting conservation, and poetry, and teaches on climate change and resilience at Parsons School of Design. Michelle will teach the elective course Playfulness & Mindfulness: Improvisation as Contemplative Practice

Peter Volz

Peter Volz

Peter started to practice and study in the Zen tradition in 1970 in Berkeley, California. He met the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973, and attended the Vajradhatu Seminary program in 1976. For many years he served in the Office of External Affairs for Vajradhatu and Shambhala, and worked on the teams that hosted many of the prominent lineage teachers who visited North America at the invitation of the Vidyadhara. Since the early 1980’s, Peter has taught dharma classes and served as a meditation instructor. In 2007, after ten years working with international education at Naropa University, Peter started a mixed vegetable farm in Boulder County, Colorado, where he currently lives and works. Peter will teach the elective course Essential Teachings in Six Stanzas – Lineage Chant Class.

Tom Weiser

Tom Weiser

Tom Weiser teaches, practices and studies the Alexander Technique, t’ai chi and mindfulness meditation. Weiser says these disciplines help individuals understand their habits and mind and how these habits affect them for better or worse. When someone understands their habitual thoughts and actions, they are better able to make choices that lead to greater ease and less pain. Weiser has been teaching at Naropa University since 2010. Tom will teach the elective class Bringing Whatever you Meet to the Path: Heroic Aspirations and Real Life Struggles of Bodhisattvas.

Sally Walker

Sally Walker

Sally first met Chögyam Trungpa in 1974 at the Naropa Summer Institute. She attended the 1984 seminary and worked in the finance office at Karme Chöling from 1982-85. In the Shambhala mandala, she has been a leader in the Dorje Kasung and a teacher and meditation instructor. She is also a student of the Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche. Between 2012 and 2017, she completed the three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton. Sally has been on staff for three Profound Treasury Retreats, including the first one held in Crestone, Colorado in 2017. A native of Mississippi, she has lived in Halifax since December, 1987. Sally is a biologist and an environmental consultant and has managed several non-profit educational organizations. Sallie will teach the elective course Essential Teachings in Six Stanzas – Lineage Chant Class.