Patricia Karpas is co-founder of Meditation Studio, a mindfulness meditation app. She is also the host of Untangle, Meditation Studio’s original podcast that shares stories from experts and thought leaders about how mindfulness practices change us. She is a former media executive at CNBC, NBC and AOL.
Philip Almond is emeritus professor of religious studies at the University of Queensland and is deputy director of the Centre for the History of European Discourses. He has written on religious reactions to natural disasters in European history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.