Emma Seppälä, Ph.D is Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and is the author of The Happiness Track (HarperOne, 2016). She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fulfillment Daily, a popular news site dedicated to the science of happiness.
You can see more of what Emma is doing with science and happiness by visiting her website and checking out her bookThe Happiness Track. You can also see her in her recent TEDx talk on Breathing happiness and get updates by following her on Twitter: @emmaseppala.
Erika Rosenberg, Ph.D. is a world-renowned expert on facial expression of emotion and a meditation teacher who specializes in compassion cultivation. She’s a senior investigator on the Shamatha Project (a comprehensive study of the effects of intensive meditation) at U.C. Davis, a Senior Teacher @ Stanford’s Center for Compassion & Altruism Research and Education, and faculty @ The Nyingma Institute of Tibetan Studies, Berkeley. Erika teaches in settings as diverse as Google, Inc., Upaya Zen Center, and Burning Man. She’s published widely on facial expression, emotion, and meditation.
You can visit Dr. Rosenberg’s website here to find out more about her work on the facial expressions of emotion and read her book What the Face Reveals. You can also access the Shamatha Project to see the research she is involved in and the findings of intense contemplative training. Be sure to follow her on Twitter (@ER_Face_Maven) for more updates.
Ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in 1977, Venerable Thubten Chodron is an author, teacher, and the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey, the only Tibetan Buddhist training monastery for Westerners in the U.S. She teaches worldwide and is known for her practical (and humorous!) explanations of how to apply Buddhist teachings in daily life. She is also actively involved in prison outreach and interfaith dialogue. She has published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and is the only nun to co-author a book—”Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions”—with his Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Sravasti Abbey is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Newport, Washington that strives to create peace in a chaotic world. You can learn more by visiting their website. You can also see Venerable Thubten Chodron’s work on her website which archives decades of her teachings in audio, video, and text formats as well as watch daily short talks or weekly hour-long talks from Venerable Thubten Chodron and other Sravasti Abbey monastics on Youtube.