Just a few of the people to whom I will be eternally grateful:
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is a meditation master, and runner, and the author of bestselling books, Turning the Mind into an Ally and Ruling Your World. He is dedicated to teaching the Shambhala path as a way to encourage ourselves and those around us to create a better world. As the spiritual head of Shambhala International, he gives himself wholeheartedly to his students worldwide.
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche fled Tibet after the Chinese invaded, obtained a degree at Oxford University, and then came to America in the 1970’s. Western culture will never be the same after his influence. Thank goodness. Barry Boyce wrote a very readable and concise article about his teachings here.
Joseph Mauricio has been a huge influence on my life for the last few years. He is a life coach as well as a senior teacher. I recommend him for his emphasis on embodiment as the foundation for meditation practice, and I love him for his willingness to give me a swift kick in the pants when I need one. His website and blog is here.
Mark Epstein is a psychologist and writer who combines dharma with psychological insight, making both more accessible to readers who may have limited experience with either. As a patient, I somehow discovered his books and they gave me inspiration in solace for my healing journey. His insights also opened the dharma for me, preparing me for what would eventually be a more formal introduction to meditation.
More to come as I get time.