“The cool kid’s Buddhist.”
— The Boston Phoenix
Lodro Rinzler 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 Rinzler 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 one of Boston’s largest meditation centers. 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 Obama White House.
Lodro Rinzler led a Buddhist 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 Rinzler’s work translating Buddhist meditation principles for a contemporary audience 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-sellingThe Buddha Walks into a Bar…, the award-winningWalk Like a Buddha, The Buddha Walks into the Office…, Sit Like a Buddha,How to Love Yourself (And Sometimes Other People)andLove Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken. Lodro Rinzler writes from his apartment in New York City.