Ann Marie Davis is a writer, poet, artist born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland, CA. She published a book of poetry in 2014 and is currently editing her first novel.
I have arrived at the Mindful Living program with the intention of putting my years of practice into action with the support of a community. Having been a high school teacher for many years and raised a family, I am interested in blending meditation practice with daily communal interactions. The people here are kind and thoughtful, process oriented and also productive. What I bring to the mix is some mentoring skills and a long time meditation practice. My personal area of concern is global climate change and seeking positive solutions to the local impact that rising sea levels will bring. I am a native of San Francisco and have lived in the East Bay for the past three decades. The program gives me a chance to further expand my understanding of Tibetan Buddhism.
Before Mindful Living, I had already studied some of Tarthang Tulku’s teachings. I wanted the opportunity to deepen my understanding of the non-dual approach of Full Presence Mindfulness, Buddhism, and other topics with community rather than by myself. I was able to take classes and design and work on projects I was passionate about, like the Mindful Art Project, In-visible Mind zine, and Buddhist Inspired Cinema. I found a beautiful center with a lot of potential to share; the work space and dynamic were carefully assisted by the facilitators. Living and working with a cohort is intense and challenging, but the program allows for introspection and to work together to live in balance. Some of my passions are music, art, film, Buddhism and psychology.
This is the third consecutive year that I come to Berkeley for being involved with Nyingma communities. I’m Brazilian, a journalist full time dedicated to exploring what exists within and is reflected externally. My relationship with Mangalam started in August 2018; here I’ve been working with Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga and Meditation classes, and also taking care of the backstage of this building… And you know what? When you are fully aware of your experience, it’s easy to feel the sun illuminating the daily routine.
My name is jess, and I use she/her and they/them pronouns. I come from a background where self-sufficiency, Buddhism, secular mindfulness, and activism have truly helped to shape some of my most important values. The shaping-up of these values have, in turn, led me to explore each of their breadth and depth individually. With the support of Mangalam, I am now able to explore the synergy of these values when woven together. For example, I have been able to craft a group that explores the intersection of Collective Liberation and Buddhism. I am also crafting a way to help our community have access to healthy, homemade meals. The ability to explore the things that resound most deeply in each of us is one thing I deeply appreciate about Mangalam Center....
Hugh Joswick became involved with Tarthang Tulku’s Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Center in the early 1990s through video projects. He then began studying and practicing at the Nyingma Institute where he now teaches. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in American Studies, and a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has taught philosophy at the university level and is currently the Managing Editor of Mangalam Press, the publishing arm of Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages, which focuses primarily on scholarly works in the fields of Buddhist and Religious Studies. Hugh is involved with the Mindful Living program as advisor and project participant.
Wei-Li King (they/them & he/him) is a first-generation Asian-American storyteller, connector and student of life with deep interests in cooperative living, self-organizing structures, and radical self-care. His 7 years of work in the tech as an engineer and entrepreneur has informed his concern for capitalism. This concern turned his focus towards spiritual activism and cultivating wisdom traditions. At Mangalam, Wei-Li is a facilitator of the Mindful Art Gallery and community advocate for partnerships and programs.
Amira-Sade Moodie is a visual artist and creative writer. Amira moved from the east coast to join the program with the intention of exploring the different layers of what it means to be present and how to incorporate that into her art and daily life. Being a part of the community has not only allowed her to explore different aspects of meditation and Buddhism, but has also allowed her to explore her internal world and place herself in new and empowering roles. Amira has played a key role in developing a meditation zine called In Visible Mind and is also co-creating and facilitating a bi-weekly cinema series. She hopes to continue to weave together elements of mindfulness, spirituality, child development, visual arts, storytelling, and social and environmental justice.
Dominique is a Bay Area native and artist who has traveled and lived all over the country. Her focus has been on living and working in different places that support spiritual and/or artistic experiences and growth. Mangalam Center has been the perfect place to experience the blend of mindfulness practices, the space to work on art, as well as work on exciting and challenging projects that provide something positive to the local community. As a member of the Mindful Living Program, she has been most involved with developing and curating the mindful art gallery and exhibition.
Jack has studied the Dharma and the mind for many decades. Under the guidance and inspiration of Tarthang Tulku, he has written or edited more than a dozen books, served as the dean of the Nyingma Institute, and taught a wide range of topics. He developed Full Presence Mindfulness and the Mindful Living Program as explorations in the ongoing adventure of transmitting the teachings of the Buddha in ways that speak to the West, including secular approaches. Jack guides the activities of the Mangalam Buddhist Research Center, which serves to connect Mangalam with the academic world. As a former lawyer and student of political theory, Jack is interested in shaping the Mangalam mission toward addressing the critical needs of our time.
Forest (he/him) is a healer, compassion activist and inner child coach. Both facing his queer / trans identity while growing up in a conservative environment and grappling with substance abuse lead him down the spiritual path. He is a sober, silly, snuggle bug who’s life’s work is to free humanity from samsara through play as a means of being in the present moment.
Adrian Roman (he/him) is a facilitator and community builder. Adrian has been involved with Mangalam since 2014, when he was a residential volunteer. Now Adrian’s focus at Mangalam is on co-facilitating the Mindful Living residential program, involved from the interviews to the fruition of the projects. He is also leading a public mindfulness practice circle, using Full Presence Mindfulness (FPM). FPM is an approach designed by Jack Petranker, the director of Manglam, that was inspired by the Time Space Knowledge teachings of Tarthang Tulku, the founder of the organizations. Adrian has strong interests in permaculture, mindfulness and meditation, equitable and democratic cultures, the Next Economy and communication.
Morgan Wells is a geek, a Buddhist, and a lawyer. She has been a practitioner in the Nyingma mandala of organizations since 2007. Her special interests include skillful means, Buddhist ethics, and the communication of Buddhist ideas in different contexts.