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Buddhist Community Gathering

Cultivating The Spirit of 
Well-Being Through The Dharma

At this year's gathering, the three inspiring Buddhist teachers listed below discussed how they develop and sustain a spirit of well-being for themselves and the diverse communities they serve.  Each teacher talked about their Buddhist practices and engaged in conversation with one another on the topic.


Bishop Marvin Harada

Reverend Harada is Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America. He previously served as head minister of Orange County Buddhist Church for 33 years. He received degrees from the University of Oregon, the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Chuo Bukkyo Gakuin Seminary, and Ryukoku University.


Visit the Buddhist Churches of America site for more about Reverend Harada.

View the Lion's Roar Meet a Teacher interview with Reverend Harada.

Valerie Brown


Valerie is an author, ordained Buddhist-Quaker Dharma teacher in the lineage of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, facilitator, and executive coach specializing in leadership development and mindfulness with a focus on diversity, social equity, and inclusion. Her latest book, Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace (Broadleaf, 2022), received the Nautilus Gold Award for Eastern Spirituality.


Visit Valerie's website to learn more about her. 

Dr. Eduardo Duran


Eduardo's work is informed by traditional teachings from Indigenous elders that continues to unfold into an ongoing hybrid model to address individual and collective soul wounding. He has written several books including: Native American Post Colonial Psychology, Healing the Soul Wound, & Buddha in Redface. The unfolding themes in these writings are an integration of traditional Indigenous and Western cosmology as these interface with the shape shifting of consciousness in our present Zeitgeist.

View an interview with Dr. Duran on


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