Larry Yang teaches mindfulness and loving kindness retreats across the USA and has a special interest in creating access to the Dharma for diverse multicultural communities. Larry has practiced meditation for almost 30 years, with extensive time in Burma and Thailand, and a six month period of ordination as a Buddhist monastic. Larry is on the Teachers Council of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, is one of the founding teachers of both East Bay Meditation Center (Oakland) and Insight Community of the Desert (Palm Springs). His current focus is training spiritual leadership within Communities of Color and LGBTQI communities.
Larry was honored for his work in racial justice by being selected as the community’s choice for Grand Marshal in the 2016 San Francisco LGBTIQ Pride Parade, whose theme that year was “For Racial and Economic Justice.” He has been part of the coordinating team developing future diverse community meditation teachers in Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership Programs for 10 years. Larry is one of the core trainers for the current Spirit Rock Dharma Teacher Training Program to develop the participation from multicultural communities as fully empowered Dharma teachers. His new book, Awakening Together: the Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community, is published by Wisdom Publications. He can be reached through his website: www.larryyang.org