Mingyur Rinpoche

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Master, Best-Selling Author

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a much-loved and accomplished Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher. With a rare ability to present the ancient wisdom of Tibet in a fresh, engaging manner, Rinpoche's profound teachings and playful sense of humor have endeared him to students around the world. His first book, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into over twenty languages. In early June, 2011, Mingyur Rinpoche walked out of his monastery in Bodhgaya, India and began a "wandering retreat" through the Himalayas and the plains of India that lasted four and a half years. When not attending to the monasteries under his care in India and Nepal, Rinpoche spends time each year traveling and teaching worldwide.

Laurie Anderson

Performance Artist, Musician

Laurie is an American experimental performance artist, composer and musician who plays violin and keyboards. She is famed for her 1981 hit single "O Superman." Laurie was the partner of the late Lou Reed. She has been a devoted meditation practitioner for over 30 years and explains how meditation informs her creative process.

Dr. Richard Davidson

Neuroscientist, Best-Selling Author

Dr. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, and Founder and Chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been a member of the Mind and Life Institute's Board of Directors since 1991. He is also the author of the best-selling The Emotional Life of Your Brain. For a clip of Dr. Davidson's interview, please click here.

Joseph Goldstein

Meditation Teacher, Best-Selling Author

Joseph has taught meditation for over 40 years and is co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. In 1989, together with other teachers and students of insight meditation, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Joseph travels around the world teaching meditation and has authored well known books about meditation, including One Dharma, The Experience of Insight and A Heart Full of Peace.

Matthieu Ricard

Meditation Teacher, Tibetan Buddhist Monk, Best-Selling Author

Matthieu is a Buddhist monk who had a promising career in cellular genetics before leaving France to study Buddhism in the Himalayas 35 years ago. He is a bestselling author, translator and photographer, and an active participant in current scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. He lives and works on humanitarian projects in Tibet and Nepal. For a clip of Matthieu Ricard's interview, please click here.

Dr. Daniel Goleman

Psychologist, Best-Selling Author

Dr. Goleman is an internationally renowned psychologist who lectures frequently to groups around the world. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half, with more than 5,000,000 copies in print worldwide in 40 languages, and has been a best seller in many countries.

Tim Ryan

US Congressman, Best-Selling Author

Congressman Ryan is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district, serving since 2003. In March, 2012, Hay House published Congressman Ryan's A Mindful Nation, a book about "how a simple practice can help us reduce stress, improve performance and recapture the American spirit."

Tara Brach

Meditation Teacher, Clinical Psychologist, Best-Selling Author

Tara has practiced and taught meditation for over 35 years, with an emphasis on vipassana (mindfulness or insight) meditation. Tara is the senior teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. A clinical psychologist, Tara is the author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge.

Gina Sharpe

Meditation Teacher

Gina co-founded, and is currently the Guiding Teacher of the New York Insight Meditation Center. She has taught meditation since 1995 at venues around the United States including the Garrison Institute, Tibet House and in maximum security prisons for women.