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Rik Isensee

Rik Isensee, LCSW, is the author of three self-help books for gay men. He also wrote Shift Your Mood, which looks at the intersection between mindfulness and personal growth. Rik was initially exposed to mindfulness in a workshop with Joseph Goldstein during Naropa’s first summer institute in 1974. He has attended numerous retreats in Vipassana, Zen, and Shamatha (calm abiding) practice. For the past few years, he has also been part of a practice and study group in the Mahamudra tradition of the Kagyu lineage, through the teachings of Thrangu Rinpoche. Rik practices psychotherapy in San Francisco.