Rev Compassion, Chris Raines, President Buddhist Council of NY (Middle-Way Meditation Center)

Current President of the Buddhist Council of New York.  Practicing Buddhism for over thirty years currently resident priest at Peace Mountain Buddhist Hermitage in Cold Spring, N.Y.  Ordained as Priest in the Middle-way Peace Order and received Lamp Transmission in 2012. The order is a Vietnamese Lineage Dhyana tradition.

Sensei Janet Jiryu Abels (Still Mind Zendo)

Sensei Janet Jiryu Abels, founder of Still Mind Zendo, has been a teacher in the Soto-Rinzai lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi and the White Plum Asanga since 2000, when she became a dharma successor of her teacher, Roshi Robert Jinsen Kennedy. Previously, she was in private practice as a spiritual director for over 12 years and, before that, worked as a community organizer and peace activist. She is also a certified Bio-Spiritual Focusing teacher. Sensei is the author of Making Zen Your Own: Giving Life to Twelve Key Golden Age Ancestors, which was published by Wisdom in 2012. Her dharma name, Jiryu, means Compassionate Dragon.

Yael Shy (NYU Center for Spiritual Life)

Yael Shy is the Co-Director of the New York University Center for Spiritual Life and the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership at NYU. A practitioner of meditation for over twelve years, she is also the Founder and Director of the Mindfulness Project at NYU - one of the first and largest campus-wide meditation and mindfulness initiatives in the country. She is also a meditation leader at Shivti, Congregation Romemu's Jewish meditation program in New York City. She is a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality's Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program and the Board Co-Chair of The Brooklyn Zen Center. In 2010, Shy was named one of the “36 under 36” changemakers transforming the Jewish world by the Jewish Week in 2010.

Yael  is also a bar-certified attorney. She was the former Director of Development and Education at the NYU Center on Violence and Recovery, where she trained justice professionals and community groups all over the world in restorative justice and peacemaking circles.  She has been published in the Sports Lawyers Journal, the Clinical Journal of Social Work, and the NYU Journal of Law and Social Justice. Yael completed her undergraduate degree at NYU, studying Sociology and Gender Studies, and her law degree at Northeastern University School of Law. 

Rev. Dosung Yoo (Won Buddhism of Manhattan)

Rev. Dosung Yoo was ordained in the Won Buddhist Order in Korea in 1994.

He has led retreats and taught meditation, Buddhism and Won Buddhist Dharma in Seoul, Korea, and throughout the United States. He served as a minister at the Won Buddhist Temple of Philadelphia and also taught at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies near Philadelphia, as well as at other Won Centers throughout North America.

Currently, he is Retreat Director and a resident teacher at the Won Dharma Center in Claverack, NY. He has translated several Won Buddhist texts and strives to modernize Buddhist tenets so that they are accessible and useful in enriching everyday life.

He is the author of Thunderous Silence: A Formula for Ending Suffering, a practical, contemporary guide to The Heart Sutra, which was published in January 2013 by Wisdom Publications.
Tamar Samir

Tamar Samir is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher based in New York. Her classes have been described as meditative and uplifting.

Born in Michigan, Tamar grew up in Israel, with the dual influences of an Israeli father and Scottish mother. In 1997 she moved to NYC. Tamar was drawn to the creativity of the Jivamukti Yoga method and the unequivocal association of animal rights with yoga practice. This compassionate philosophy continues to inspire her.

Tamar is also a designer. She was a Creative Director at Nickelodeon, and currently teaches at Parsons, the New School for Design. Her yoga practice has evolved, deepened, and empowered her in stressful times. Tamar's corporate work experience, coupled with her passion for yoga, inspired her to create NavaNYC, a collective that brings yoga and meditation to the workplace.
Through her association with The No Impact Project, Tamar leads No Impact Weeks, weeklong ‘carbon cleanse’ programs that empower citizens to make choices which better their lives and lower their environmental impact. In 2011, Tamar was a presenter at the Yoga Journal Conference in NYC on the topic of ethical/environmental practices for yoga businesses.

Tamar enjoys being a mentor in the Jivamukti Teacher Apprenticeship program, fostering the growth of new teachers. When not in NYC, she travels and teaches nationally and internationally.

Lisa Angerame (Jivamukti Yoga)

Lisa Dawn is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher. She took her first yoga class well over a decade ago and began a journey of discovery that is still ongoing.  For Lisa Dawn, the spiritual discipline of yoga is a source of strength and healing. Daily practice continues to manifest physical, emotional, and spiritual insights that run deep.  Study of the beautiful Sanskrit language through the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita brings an even deeper understanding of the yoga practice.
Lisa Dawn graduated from the Jivamukti Teacher Training course in 2008, completed a 500-hour apprenticeship, and became Advanced Certified in 2011. Lisa Dawn is also a senior certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa teacher, has trained with Jonny Kest and Paul Grilley, and is certified to teach Pre and Post Natal yoga.  In 2010 she co-foundedNavaNYC, a company dedicated to bringing yoga and meditation into the workplace.  Lisa Dawn also publishes a vegan food blog called Lisa’s Project Vegan.

Sensei Ryotan Randall Eiger (Village Zendo)

Ryotan was named Sensei at the Village Zendo temple (Dotokuji) in December 2008. He began the formal practice of Zen in 1989 at Zen Mountain Monastery and studied for eight years with Roshi John Daido Loori. He has been studying with Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara since 1997. In August 2002, Ryotan received ordination in the Soto Zen lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, and in August 2005 he received the title of “Hoshi”, or “Dharma Holder”. Currently, he serves as coordinator of the Zendo’s Buddhist program at Sing Sing prison. Ryotan practices psychotherapy in the Union Square area of Manhattan.

He says, “I have found that the practices of Zen and psychotherapy feed each other, though not necessarily in the ways you read about in books.”

Swamini Sri Lalitambika Devi (Mahakailasa Ashram)

Swamini Sri Lalitambika Devi serves through Mahakailasa Ashram. Since returning from India in 2004, she has been a healing presence in hospitals, prisons, and shelters, and at the United Nations, where she served on the Executive Council for the CoNGO Committee of Spirituality Values and Global Concerns. She is the founder of Refuge, a holistic shelter on Manhattanâ•?s Upper West Side, and editor of literary journal Lalitamba. Swaminiji is also the author of Mantra and the Goddess, The Lotus Within, and a translation of Sankaracharyaâ•?s Atma Bodha.

Dr. Miles Neale (Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science)

Dr. Miles Neale is a Buddhist psychotherapist in private practice and Assistant Director of the Nalanda Insititute for Contemplative Science. A long time practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, Miles has studied in the lineage of the Dalai Lamas with American scholars Joe Loizzo and Bob Thurman and Tibetan masters Lama Zopa and Gelek Rinpoche. For more and

Pin Pin Huang Su (Tai Chi in conjunction with Qi Gong)

Triple power with Pin Pin: Tai Chi, Qi kong and Brainercise. These three methods of exercises will provide well balanced body, mind,and spirit end results.

Pin-Pin Su was originally from Taiwan and studied extensively in three areas in US as we'll as China over 50 years, combined ancient Chinese wisdom and western humor to engaging Pain, aging and depress. End result will be de-stress, and for Joy, Peace and happiness.

Pin Pin has a Doctoral Degree for Psychology from Cambridge.

Bhante Pinnagala Pangnatissa Thero (Staten Island Buddhist Vihara)

Bhante Pinnagala Pangnatissa is a resident monk in Staten Island Buddhist Vihara (SIBV). He has born in October 1963 and has become a Buddhist monk when he was forteen year old in November 1976 in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is Buddhist country where the Theravada tradition is followed. His higher ordination has taken placed in July 1985. He has been Buddhist monk almost thirty five years. As Buddhist monk he has studied Buddhism and the scriptural language Pali. He has gained a bachelor degree from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

He has come to America in 2001. He has been conducting meditation and Dhamma session at SIBV. He has conducted Walking Meditation program in The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, in collaboration with the Greenbelt Conservancy and the Staten Island Buddhist Vihara. Currently, he is reading for undergraduate degree in computer science in Collage of Staten Island.

Rev. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki (Past President, Buddhist Council of NY)

Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, is a Buddhist priest, ordained in the 750-year-old Jodoshinshu tradition of Japanese Buddhism.

Currently, he is a Vice President of The Interfaith Center of New York, Clergy-on-Call for Columbia University, Community Clergy Liason for the NYC Police Dept., and Religious Advisor to the Japanese-American Lions Club. He is a current member and former President of the Buddhist Council of New York. He formerly served as resident minister of The New York Buddhist Church from 1994-2010. Last year he completed his doctorate degree in Multifaith studies at NY Theological Seminary.

Since 1994, Rev. Nakagaki has organized an annual commemoration in New York of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. He also organized the annual 9/11 World Trade Center Floating Lanterns Toronagashi memorial event on the Hudson River from 2002-2011. Rev. Nakagaki has dedicated much of his career to promoting inter-religious understanding and peace-building.

Rev. Nakagaki is the author of two books in Japanese: “No Worry, No Hurry, Eat Curry: New York Bozu Indo o Aruku” (A Buddhist Monk Walks in India, published by Gendai Shokan, 2003) and “Manhattan Bozu Tsurezure Nikki” (Diary of Manhattan Monk, published by Gendai Shokan, June 2010).