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Chenxing Han

Chenxing Han is the author of Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists and studied chaplaincy at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California. Contact Han via her website, or her publisher’s email is jsadowski@northatlanticbooks.com.

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Urgen Sherpa

Urgen Sherpa is the president of the United Sherpa Association. The organization launched a food program in April 2020 as the coronavirus spread throughout its New York City borough.

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Brent Beavers

Brent Beavers is the Buddhist chaplaincy program coordinator at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. He also served as a Buddhist hospital chaplain in the San Francisco Bay Area amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Adrian Zenz

Adrian Zenz is a researcher and Ph.D. supervisor at the European School of Culture and Theology in Korntal, Germany, where he studies China’s repression of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang and Tibet. He is also a senior fellow in China studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C.

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Kodo Umezu

The Rev. Kodo Umezu is the socho, or bishop, of the Buddhist Churches of America. He previously served as director of the Center for Buddhist Education in Berkeley, California.

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Ann Gleig

Ann Gleig is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida, where she studies Asian religions and the intersection of religion, gender and sexuality. Her first book, American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity, includes an exploration of online Buddhist meditation communities.

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Mark Dennis

Mark Dennis is a religion professor at Texas Christian University. He studies Asian religions with an emphasis on Buddhism and teaches a course on millennials and mindfulness.

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Debra Flics

Debra Flics is a psychotherapist in New York City. She has written about why some efforts to use Buddhist practices to treat mental illness are misguided.

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Tenzin Dorjee

Tenzin Dorjee serves on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent, bipartisan government commission tasked with tracking religious freedom violations around the world. He is also an associate professor of communication, including conflict resolution, at California State University, Fullerton.

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