H.H. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche was born in Bodhgaya, Indien in 1962. He is the lineage holder of the Shambhala lineage, an ancient tradition in Tibetan Buddhism. He is leading a worldwide network of Shambhala meditation centers with thousands of students, and he is the author of various books, recently “Ruling your World” and “The Shambhala Principle“.
The „Sakyong“, literally translated as “earth protector”, shows us in his teachings how to use everyday life as a means to ripen this spiritual potential. We practice turning the mind toward others as a discipline that creates confidence and compassion.
Michel Aguilar is the representative of the European Buddhist Union (EBU) in the Council of Europe and is currently chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the INGO Conference, which brings together 160 NGOs. Some main issues currently on the agenda of the Human Rights Committee include: The protection of human rights defenders, media and human rights, religion and human rights, children and human rights, SociaI Charter, as well as economic and social rights
Susan Chapman has applied the principles of Contemplative Psychology to domestic violence intervention, couples therapy, hospice and as leader of group retreats. She lives with her husband in Vancouver, Canada. She is a Karuna teacher, a Shambhala acharya and author of The Five Keys To Mindful Communication.
Cecily Corti is the founder and director of the VinziRast institutions and chairman of the Vinzenz-Community St. Stephan. Among other awards she received the Bruno Kreisky Prize for Human Rights and the Golden Award of the Republic of Austria.
Since 2004, VinziRast has been in operation for up to 60 homeless people every day. In recent years, six other institutions have been established – financed only by private donations and supported by almost exclusively unsalaried volunteers.
Photo Cecily Corti ©Sebastian Reich
Univ.-Lektor Mag. Christian Felber is an internationally sought-after speaker, contemporary dancer, university lecturer and author of a number of business economists (“50 suggestions for a fairer world”, “New values for the economy”, “Economy for the Common Good”, “Let’s save the Euro!”). The title “Money. The new rules of the game” was awarded as the Economic Book of the Year 2014. He also writes regularly for Huffington Post. New release: “Ethischer Welthandel”. Felber initiated the project “Bank of Common Good” and “Economy of Common Good”. Born in 1972, he studied Spanish, psychology, sociology and political science in Madrid and Vienna, where he now lives.
Photo Christian Felber ©Bernd Hofmeister
Arawana Hayashi started her career with dance, both in the theater and in communities, in which individual presence and group awareness were cultivated. In 1974, she began studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is currently teaching in this tradition as a leading teacher (Acharya). She is co-founder of the “Presencing Institute” where she teaches the “Presencing Foundation” course with Otto Scharmer and Beth Jandernoa. Arawana Hayashi implements her experience of performative art and contemplative practice into leadership trainings in the field of social change projects.
Barbara Preitler is a psychotherapist, supervisor, lecturer and author. She is a founding member of Hemayat, an organization for torture and war survivors, in Vienna. In addition, she is involved in numerous psychosocial projects in South Asia. Her current publications are “Grief and Disappearance. Psychosocial Intervention “(2015, Sage, Delhi) and „An ihrer Seite sein. Psychosoziale Betreuung von traumatisierten Flüchtlingen“ (2016, Studienverlag Innsbruck).
Martin Ramstedt , born in 1962, took refuge with Lama Thubten Yeshe in 1979. Since 1991 he is a student of S.H. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years Dr. Martin Ramstedt has been researching and working in the field of anthropology at many different international scientific institutions, teaching and publishing on the relationship between religion, politics and law. He is currently working at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany.
Richard Reoch (requested), born in Toronto in 1948, has spent most of his working life in the fields of human rights, environmental protection and peace. He was the former media chief of Amnesty International (1980-1993) and active in its global campaign against torture. He was asked by Sting to help organise The Rainforest Foundation and was one of its longest-serving trustees (1996-2015). In 2002 Richard was appointed the President of Shambhala – the global community dedicated to enlightened society – by the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. In this role he co-chaired the second international conference on Gross National Happiness, ‘Rethinking Development,’ and, more recently, published the influential paper ‘Is the future back in the picture?’ He currently chairs the International Working Group of Sri Lanka, an independent network supporting lasting peace in that war-torn country.