From the Teachers

Held within the safety and security of undividedness it is easier to appreciate our differences.
~ Lama John Makransky

Our Mission

To empower people with profound contemplative practices that support their aspirations to become better people and to make a better world.


Leah Weiss Ekstrom, LCSW, PhD

Leah is a contemplative scholar and writer specializing in the application of meditation in secular contexts. She leads courses on compassionate leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is Principal Teacher and Trainer for Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program, founded by HH the Dalai Lama. She also leads Compassion Education and Scholarship at HopeLab, an Omidyar Group research and development nonprofit focused on resilience. Her current book distills evidence-based approaches to Mindfulness, self-compassion, and compassion meditation along with complementary, easily integrated exercises that can be readily applied in work-place contexts.
Dr. Weiss teaches in a variety of settings, including Stanford Business School, Harvard-affiliated hospitals, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Bing Institute, Young President’s Organization, the Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley, Wisdom 2.0, Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and at the Department of Veterans Affairs specializing in running groups with veterans with post-traumatic stress.
Leah received her B.A. from Stanford University, her M.A. degree in clinical social work from Boston College, and her Ph.D. in Buddhist studies and education from Boston College. Concurrent with her graduate work, she completed the traditional Tibetan Buddhist teacher-training curriculum in the context of four silent, cloistered 100-day meditation retreats, one 6-month retreat, and dozens of weeklong retreats. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband and three children.