“The cool kid’s Buddhist.”
— The Boston Phoenix
Lodro is a Buddhist practitioner and teacher. He began meditating as a child and sat retreats as a teenager, ultimately attending a silent month-long retreat during which he shaved his head and took monastic robes and vows.
When he left for college he received two heirlooms from his parents. From his father, a mala which he had used to recite mantras. From his mother, her father’s flask. He utilized both greatly in the four years ahead. During that time Lodro became a Vajrayana student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He also established Buddhist House, an eighteen person dorm at Wesleyan University which hosts a large meditation room. He began teaching meditation at that time.
After leaving college he was recruited to the position of the Executive Director of the Boston Shambhala Center. He began leading numerous workshops at meditation centers and college campuses throughout the United States and to date has taught meditation at locations as diverse as Google, Harvard, and the White House.
Lodro founded a leadership training program called the Institute for Compassionate Leadership, before co-founding NYC's premier drop-in meditation studio, MNDFL. Since founding MNDFL in 2015 it has expanded into three studios, an online portal of teachings and a non-profit arm bringing meditation into the education system. MNDFL has been named the best place to meditate by New York Magazine.
Lodro’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and on CBS, FOX, and NBC News.
He is the author of six books including the best-selling The Buddha Walks into a Bar…, the award-winning Walk Like a Buddha, The Buddha Walks into the Office…, Sit Like a Buddha, How to Love Yourself (And Sometimes Other People) and Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken. Lodro writes from his apartment in New York City.