Born in NYC, Dawa Tarchin Phillips grew up in a multicultural family in Europe and speaks English, German and French fluently.
Dawa is a visionary leader, teacher, author and research specialist in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California Santa Barbara, where his research focuses on the cognitive, affective and academic benefits of secular mindfulness training in school children, young adults and educational leaders, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Dawa is the President/CEO of Empowerment Holdings, LLC, a U.S. based international leadership training and consulting firm that trains business leaders and organizations in Mindfulness Based Leadership and Conscious Business approaches.
He is the founder and board member of The Institute of Compassionate Awareness (TICA), a 501c3 registered public benefit initiative that provides secular mindfulness training to school children and youth.
An advanced Buddhist practitioner for over 20 years, he completed two 3-year meditation retreats and teaches as an authorized, non-sectarian lama of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism in the U.S. and abroad. He is the acting resident teacher of the Bodhi Path Buddhist Center of Santa Barbara.