Bio

 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 useful for individuals and organizations. I am interested in the synthesis of leadership, innovation and awareness, helping leaders to develop courage, clarity and compassion to make their vision come to life.

My consulting and coaching work is informed by a BA in anthropology/religion from Harvard University, an MBA from Yale School of Management focused on leadership and organizational behavior, and certification in coaching from the Coaches Training Institute. I work in organizational development with groups in the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors.  I teach at conferences and leadership programs about communication, meditation, wisdom and compassion. I have a coaching office in downtown San Francisco where I see clients in person and also work with people on the phone. For resume info click here; to inquire about consulting or coaching email anushkaconsulting(at)gmail.com.

I have formally trained in Buddhist meditation since 1989, mainly Vipassana or Insight Meditation (the root of secular Mindfulness meditation).  After studying Buddhism at Harvard, I spent three years training in monasteries and retreat centers in the US, India and Sri Lanka. In the twenty years since then I continued practice in daily life as well as one month in intensive silent retreat most years. I was invited to teach Dharma in 1998 and went through a four year teacher training program with Jack KornfieldJoseph GoldsteinCarol Wilson and other leading Western meditation teachers. I joined the Teacher’s Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2011 and lead a regular Monday Night Dharma Group in San Francisco. My Buddhist teaching lineage runs through Mahasi Sayadaw (Burma), Ajahn Chah (Thailand), and Sri Lankan Buddhist monastics.

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. I was born and raised on the US East Coast soon after my family immigrated from Sri Lanka. I enjoy music, creative arts, nature and athletics. 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 in this work.