Dawn Neal began contemplative practice in 1997, and started practicing Buddhist meditation in 2005. Since then, she has accumulated over two years of practice time in silent meditation retreats. In 2009, Sayadaw U Indaka authorized her to teach Buddhist practice from the perspective of love and kindness. Dawn earned an MA (MDiv Eq.) from the Institute of Buddhist Studies with guidance from Gil Fronsdal and Daijaku Kinst. She holds two certifications from the Harvard Negotiation Project, and is in professional ministry/chaplaincy training (CPE). When not in CPE, Dawn serves the community as a scholar, facilitator, and integral coach. She teaches and facilitates Buddhist, non-religious, and interfaith meditation groups.