DIRECTORS AND TEACHERS

Board of Directors

Founding President—B. Alan Wallace

Treasurer—Scott Reynolds

Secretary and Vice President—Eva Natanya

Member—Navin Amarasuriya

B. Alan Wallace, Founder, President and Director of Contemplative Training

B. Alan Wallace, PhD

Founder, President and Director of Contemplative Training

One of the world’s leading scholars, writers, and teachers of Tibetan Buddhism and its relation to science, Dr. Wallace was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and devoted fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk. He earned an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford University. He is the founder and director of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and the Centers for Contemplative Research. Dr. Wallace has become an outspoken advocate for a revolution in the mind sciences, one that will replace the current paradigm of materialist reductionism with a new paradigm in which objective research is augmented and completed by rigorous first-person, contemplative methods of inquiry into the nature and potentials of the mind.

Scott Reynolds Treasurer of the Board of Directors at CCR

Scott Reynolds

Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Scott is currently the Global Head of Structured Finance and Corporate Development at Bloom Energy, a publicly-listed clean energy company. He serves on the Board of Directors of the CCR. Bloom’s mission — “to make clean, reliable energy affordable for everyone in the world” — has been a passionate calling since Scott joined Bloom in 2004. Since then, he has raised billions of dollars to support the deployment of clean energy infrastructure projects, and is currently focused on financing next-generation innovations like hydrogen and carbon capture that the world urgently needs to meet its climate goals. He is similarly passionate about the CCR’s novel, deeply innovative mission, and sees the current lack of understanding of the true causes of well-being as a fundamental cause of global degradation. Prior to joining Bloom, Scott held roles with GE Solar, and began his career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in New York. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife.

Eva Natanya, PhD Executive Director and Resident Teacher, CCR North America (Miyo Samten Ling)

Eva Natanya, PhD

Executive Director and Resident Teacher,
CCR North America (Miyo Samten Ling)

A scholar of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, Christian theology, and comparative religion, Dr. Natanya has served in many capacities as a spiritual teacher, academic lecturer, translator and editor of Tibetan texts, scholarly writer, and retreat leader. Following a nine-year career as a professional ballet dancer with both the New York City Ballet and the Royal Ballet of England, she earned an MA in Christian Systematic Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. She has worked closely with Dr. B. Alan Wallace on his translations for several books, including Open Mind and Fathoming the Mind, and has co-taught meditation retreats with Dr. Wallace around the world. In a Christian context, she co-authored Living Resurrected Lives: What It Means and Why It Matters with Veronica Mary Rolf. She has spent more than three years in solitary meditation retreat, and remains in residence at Miyo Samten Ling, guiding fellow retreatants in the details of contemplative training.

Eva Natanya, PhD Executive Director and Resident Teacher, CCR North America (Miyo Samten Ling)

Navin Amarasuriya

Board Member

As Chief Operating Officer of the Contentment Foundation, Navin Amarasuriya seeks to bring scientifically evidenced practices of wellbeing to schools around the world. He oversees the growth of the Four Pillars of Wellbeing curriculum across Bhutan, India, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Netherlands. This includes the cross cultural adaptation of the curriculum, cultivating strategic partnerships and developing new sources of funding to serve educators and students.

He earned his BSc in Business Management from the University of Manchester, U.K. and has Diploma in Animation from Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore. An engineer at heart, he has constantly been inspired by the quantified discoveries of wellbeing practices through the lens of science as well as the subjective experiences found in contemplative practice.

He is a non-executive director of the EtonHouse Community Fund, which seeks to create pathways for vulnerable children to discover their unique gifts to the world, and is part of the fifth-generation ownership at the B.P. de Silva Group, established in Singapore in 1872.

Nicholas J. Matiasz, PhD Scientific Program Director, CCR North America (Miyo Samten Ling)

Nicholas J. Matiasz, PhD

Scientific Program Director,
CCR North America (Miyo Samten Ling)

Nick serves as the Scientific Program Director for CCR North America, where he has volunteered since July 2020. He is currently an Electrical Engineering Associate in Strategic Initiatives at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where he supports efforts related to renewable energy. He worked as part of a team that supported the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study (LA100), a landmark study that identified pathways for achieving 100% renewable energy in Los Angeles. Nick received his Ph.D. in medical informatics from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied causal reasoning in neuroscience. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Tufts University, where he performed interdisciplinary research in psychology and computer science. He has also worked in the Department of Neurology Research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife.

Doug Veenhof Resident Teacher, CCR North America (Miyo Samten Ling)

Doug Veenhof

Resident Teacher,
CCR North America (Miyo Samten Ling)

An award-winning journalist, author, carpenter, professional mountain guide, and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, Doug Veenhof has traveled widely for decades, teaching and leading retreats on contemplative technology and insight (shamatha and vipashyana). He is the author of White Lama: The Life of Tantric Yogi Theos Bernard, Tibet’s Lost Emissary to the New World. Drawing on more than 30 years of dedicated study and practice in the Gelugpa and Dzogchen traditions of Buddhism, he now offers guidance to meditators as a resident teacher at Miyo Samten Ling, while maintaining his own intensive schedule of solitary meditation retreat.

Doug Veenhof Resident Teacher, CCR North America (Miyo Samten Ling)

Glen Svensson

CCR Teacher,
CCR Asia Pacific (Jhampa Ling)

A teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, Glen has spent many years teaching and leading meditation retreats around the world with an emphasis on the integration of philosophical view, meditation and daily life conduct.

Following ten years of working in the IT industry he graduated from a seven year Masters Program in Buddhist Studies in Italy. He was then based for more than a decade at Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamsala, India and more recently has been assisting with the annual eight week Dzogchen retreats led by Dr. B. Alan Wallace.