I teach meditation, work as an organizational consultant, and do leadership coaching with individuals and teams. My work brings Eastern practices to Western modern life, making them practical for individuals and organizations. I have a particular interest in the synthesis of leadership, innovation and awareness, helping leaders to develop courage, clarity and compassion as they make their vision come to life.
I have formally trained in Buddhist meditation since 1989, mainly practicing Vipassana or Insight Meditation (the root of secular Mindfulness meditation). I spent three years after college in full-time meditation training in monasteries and retreat centers in the US, India and Sri Lanka. In the twenty years since then I have continued practice in daily life as well as spending a month in intensive silent retreat practice most years.
I was invited to teach Dharma by Narayan Liebenson of Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in 1998 and went through a four year teacher training program with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Carol Wilson and others. I joined the Teacher’s Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2011 and teach a regular Monday Night Dharma Group that meets in San Francisco. My Buddhist lineage is through Mahasi Sayadaw (Burma), Ajahn Chah (Thailand), and Sri Lankan Buddhist monastics, so multi-faceted Theravada.
My work is informed by a BA in social anthropology/comparative religions from Harvard University, an MBA from the Yale School of Management focused on leadership and organizational behavior, and certification in coaching from the Coaches Training Institute. I have a background in organizational development work with groups in the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors. I teach at conferences and leadership programs about the benefits of meditation, wisdom and compassion. I have a coaching office in downtown San Francisco where I see clients in person. For resume info click here; to inquire about consulting or coaching email anushkaconsulting(at)gmail.com and see the other tabs here.
I blog on the Huffington Post about meditation, dharma and politics. My writing has been published in Turning Wheel and Inquiring Mind. I am interested in the life of the city and serve as a mayoral appointee to the San Francisco Citizen’s Committee on Community Development, which advises the city on community development policy.
I was born and raised on the east coast of the US soon after my family immigrated from Sri Lanka. I enjoy music, dance, film, creative arts and athletics. Though an urban dweller, I spend considerable time in nature as a source of wisdom and fun. I have been involved in movements for social justice and civil rights all of my life and have been fortunate to work with many great community organizations doing this important work in the world.