CEBTT North America Faculty Bio:
Dr. Eve Ekman, MSW, PhD
Eve Ekman is a stress, emotion, and empathy postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco’s Osher Center of Integrative Medicine. The daughter of Paul Ekman, a pioneering founder of the field of emotion research, Eve is an internationally sought-after trainer of emotion regulation and mindfulness skills.
Her research interests are inspired by her past experience as a medical social worker in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital and her training in Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB), an applied emotion-regulation and mindfulness intervention.
At the Osher Center, Eve continues to refine the framework, research, and training in the areas of meaning, empathy, and burnout. She provides trainings based on CEB to a wide array of clients in technology, health care, criminal justice, law, and education. She has also led a training for Wisdom 2.0, and gave a TEDx talk at California State East Bay.
In 2012, an Elle magazine profile introduced Eve’s research into mainstream media.
Ryan Redman, MA
At an early age, Ryan developed an interest for contemplative based practices and eventually traveled to India at the age of twenty to pursue his interests in meditation. Upon his return, Ryan began teaching and studying contemplative based practices while at the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB). In addition to completing an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies at UCSB, Ryan met his primary meditation teacher Dr. Alan Wallace.
After graduation Ryan traveled back to India several times and spent three years deepening his personal practice and furthering his understanding of various contemplative traditions. As a result of these early life experiences, Ryan has dedicated his adult life to exploring the interrelationship between mind transformation, personal well-being benevolent social action and environmental stewardship.
Ryan has been teaching in the Sun Valley Idaho for the past 15 years and has completed a Masters degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In addition, Ryan is a certified instructor of Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) and has served a pivotal role in developing curriculum for both CEB teachers and students. Ryan is also a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Flourish Foundation, a social-profit dedicated to inspiring systemic change through cultivation of healthy habits of mind that promote personal well-being, benevolent social action, and environmental stewardship.
Through his work at Flourish, Ryan continues to create innovative curriculum and teach contemplative based programs in schools and other community settings. Ryan is actively involved in local community service as a Rotarian and a Hospice volunteer. Along with his love for teaching and philanthropy, Ryan is a devoted husband and father of two boys. With his family he enjoys gardening, camping, hiking, biking, skiing, soccer, and surfing.
For more information on Ryan’s Work visit www.flourishfoundation.org
Venerable Tenzin Chogki
Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi is a Buddhist nun, activist and popular Buddhist retreat leader and teacher. She loves bridging the worlds of Buddhist thought, current affairs, and the latest research in the field of positive psychology. As well as being passionate about her spiritual practice she also cares deeply about prison reform, animal rights, equal rights for all and bringing an end to human trafficking and other modern forms of slavery.
Venerable Tenzin first became interested in meditation after reading Be Here Now and Autobiography of a Yogi in the early 1970s. She describes her spiritual path over the next 20 years as “meandering and haphazard” until she bought a one-way ticket to India in early 1991 with the intention of meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In the end, she became a student not only of His Holiness, but also of Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche and Lama Zopa Rinpoche during the year she spent studying at Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamsala, India and Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.
After returning to the US, Venerable Tenzin worked at various positions within Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s organization, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). She was director of Vajrapani Institute, co-director the FPMT International Office, and coordinator of FPMT Center Services. She also completed several long meditation retreats over a six-year period.
Venerable Tenzin took preliminary ordination vows with Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2003 and novice ordination in 2004 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Since 2006 she has been teaching at various FPMT centers around the world, in North and South America, India, Nepal, Australia, and New Zealand. She is also a visiting teacher for the Liberation Prison Project and has taught in prisons in the US, Colombia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Venerable Tenzin is authorized by the FPMT to teach at both the foundational and in-depth level as well as to lead long retreats. She is also a teacher of the a.r.t. of Fulfillment, one of the secular programs of the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom, and in October 2017 will be beginning the teacher training for Compassion Cultivation Training, a program developed by Geshe Thubten Jinpa and colleagues at Stanford University. In addition, she is certified teacher of Cultivating Emotional Balance, a secular program in dealing with emotions developed by Alan Wallace and Paul Ekman at His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s request.
In March of 2013, she became resident teacher at Gendun Drubpa Centre in central British Columbia. In December of 2015, she returned to Vajrapani Institute in California as resident teacher.
Lani Potts, MA
Lani is a recently retired educator with over 38 years of experience as an elementary teacher, teacher and principal coach, elementary school principal, and district administrator for Educational Services. In her “retirement,” she coaches new school administrators as well as serving as the Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) Program Administrator.
Using one’s heart and mind well represents a major emphasis throughout Lani’s personal life and career. This theme impacted actions and decisions involving children, families, teachers, administrators, and community members focused on nurturing the social and emotional well-being of children along with their intellectual development. Building a sustainable school climate and culture that is positive, respectful, predictable and safe represents the heart of this work, which includes mindfulness and resiliency.
Lani is also well versed in curriculum development and professional development training with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from San Jose State University. She is also a certified instructor of Cultivating Emotional Balance. Along with this, she brings to CEB her training as a yoga and meditation teacher with a long established Buddhist meditation practice. It is Lani’s aspiration to cultivate connections among the CEB teacher community making both practice and service more powerful.