Robert trained at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). He is a Stanford Lecturer and Certified Sr. Stanford CCT™ (Compassion Cultivation Training) Instructor and teaches at Stanford University, UCSF, Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers and in multiple other venues. As a long time meditator and former monk, Robert ordained in Burma under the renowned meditation master, Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, and studied with him from 2003 - 2012. He has studied in the Soto Zen tradition, in the Ridhwan School's Diamond approach with A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), and in the Insight Meditation tradition with Gil Fronsdal PhD, Jack Kornfield PhD, and others. He provides grief counseling and bereavement support for adults and children at Kara kara-grief.org in Palo Alto, where he co-leads men's grief groups and facilitates retreats for fathers grieving the death of a child. He serves as an Educational Consultant at Kara and directs, teaches and co-facilitates trainings for Kara's Caregivers Forum and Adult Services Program. Robert sits on the Board of Directors of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies . You can contact him here
Neelama received her degree in Comparative Religion from the University of Rochester in 1993. She is co-founder, facilitator and lead trainer for The Inner Journey Institute: a non-profit organization that has been delivering transformational seminars across the United States, Canada and Europe since 1999. Her leading personal growth workshops, facilitation trainings, contemplative retreats, as well as personal coaching for individuals, couples, and teams. She is the co-author of a book on Compassionate Divorce and has designed and facilitated Embodied Compassion seminars since 2014. Neelama's mastery is in creating highly interactive and experiential learning environments for participants in her workshops. Students consistently leave her trainings feeling deeply embodied in their transformation, as well as fully equipped to facilitate others. Neelama's extensive travels throughout Southeast Asia and India have given her an extraordinary depth of spiritual practice and knowledge of Eastern meditation traditions which, like her extensive studies of Western spirituality, is reflected in all of her work.