Advisory Board

Most Venerable Dr. Walpola Piyananda Maha Thero - Bhante Piyananda is the Chief Sangha Nayake (head monk) of the U.S.; President, Sri Lankan Sangha Council of America & Canada; Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka; and Abbot and President of Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara, Los Angeles.

Lewis R. Lancaster, Ph.D. - Lew Lancaster is Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley; a distinguished Buddhist scholar; founder and director of the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI), and former president, The University of the West.

Robert E. Buswell, Ph.D - Robert Buswell is Distinguished Professor of Korean and Chinese Buddhist Studies and director of the Center for Buddhist Studies at UCLA.  He is also founding director of the Academy of Buddhist Studies (Pulgyo Haksurwŏn) at Dongguk University, South Korea.

Sharon Salzberg - New York Times best selling author and influential teacher of Buddhist meditation practices in the West, Sharon Salzberg co-founded the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts.  Her books include Lovingkindness and Real Happiness - The Power of Meditation.

Stephen A. Markel, Ph.D. - Stephen Markel is The Harry and Yvonne Lenart Curator and Department Head of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Dr. Markel also serves as President of the American Council for Southern Asian Art.

Gaetano Kasuo Maida - Tano Maida is Executive director of the Buddhist Film Foundation and a founding director of Tricycle magazine. Also a documentary filmmaker, he directed Peace is Every Step, a film about the Vietnamese Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh.

Foundation Researchers

David Blundell, Ph.D - Anthropologist, photographer, filmmaker, and Associate Professor at National Chengchi University in Taiwan, David Blundell has carried out research in Sri Lanka for over 30 years.  He is the director of Arising Light: Dr B. R. Ambedkar and the Birth of a New Era in India.

Don Farber - Fulbright Scholar and photographer of Buddhist life since 1977, Don Farber is now filming Buddhist life as well.  He is the author of five books, has had numerous museum exhibitions, and his images have appeared in magazines and on book covers internationally.

Rebecca McClen Novick - Author of Fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism, cowriter of Tibetan Buddhist Life, and writer for Portraits of Tibetan Buddhist Masters,  Rebecca McClen Novick has edited a number of books on Tibetan Buddhism and is a radio producer and filmmaker based in Delhi, India.

Board of Directors

Don Farber, President - see above.  

Judge Yosh Yamanaka, Vice President and Secretary - Retired administrative law judge Yosh Yamanaka has served as director on many boards including Pacifica Foundation and L.A. Friends of Tibet.  He has taught English in Laos and is helping alleviate the problem of unexploded ordnance in that country.

Cliff Shaffran, Vice President - Cliff Shaffran is an internationally recognized thought-leader and speaker in the field of business communication. He has worked with leading global corporations in 25 countries over the past 30 years. Born in Australia, he lived and worked for 26 years in Asia and is now based in Boulder, Colorado.  He holds a black belt in Seibukan Jujutsu.

Hanna Zylberberg, Treasurer - Hanna Zylberberg received her masters degree in school counseling and has been an educator for 23 years in both private and public schools.  She served as treasurer for the nonprofit Captive Daughters and was on the board of L.A. Friends of Tibet.

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