Teaching Style...

... combines the clarity and precision (of a scientifically trained mind), with gentleness and warmth (of a Persian cultural upbringing) with experiential meditative depth (from accumulative year+ spent in silence in retreat practice) and doses of enthusiasm and humor (from training in & teaching improv).

In addition to a wide range of comtemplative practices, which I've found to be both profound and practical, I also take delight in sharing the latest scientific findings on mindfulness, lovingkindness, and compassion research with others in different contexts:

Beyond Mindfulness

Work & Daily Life

I've enjoyed teaching professionals (e.g., CEOs, non-profit leaders, academics, scientists, engineers, lawyers, doctors, psychologists) mindfulness and heart-fulness. Invited lectures, programs, and classes have included:

  • Spirit Rock's Mindful Non-Profit Leadership Program

  • Genentech 

  • Facebook

  • Stanford University

  • International Computer Science Institute

  • IEEE Conference

  • Lupus Foundation

  • Jewish Community Center

  • California ReLeaf 

  • ...

Depths of Meditative Practice

Contemplative Retreats

I've been inspired and honored to share the depths of meditative practice and experience with people from all walks of life, at centers such as:

  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA

  • Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA

  • Insight Meditation Center, Redwood City, CA

  • Insight Retreat Center, Santa Cruz, CA

  • The Forest Refuge, Barre, MA

  • San Francisco Insight, San Francisco, CA

  • Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY

  • Global Conference on Buddhism, Berkeley, CA

  • ...

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