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About Dawa

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 global leader, spiritual teacher, author, researcher and entrepreneur based in Santa Barbara, CA. He is the President/CEO of Empowerment Holdings, LLC, a U.S. based international leadership training and consulting firm that trains business leaders and organizations on 5 continents in Mindful Leadership, Awakened Prosperity and Awakened Business approaches.

He is the co-founder and former Director of Education of UCSB’s Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential where his research focused 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 now serves as Executive Director and Founding Board Member of the International Mindful Teachers Association, 501c3, the world’s first professional organization for mindfulness teachers, mindfulness teacher training programs and professionals in the mindfulness field, and is a leading voice in the global mindfulness movement.

He is the founder and board member of The Institute of Compassionate Awareness (TICA), a 501c3 registered public benefit initiative that supports secular mindfulness training for school children and youth, and a board member of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (IBme), a 501c3 mindfulness and meditation retreat provider for youth around the United States and the world.

An advanced Dharma and meditation practitioner for over 25 years, he completed two 3-year meditation retreats and teaches as an authorized, non-sectarian lama of the Kagyu School of Vajrayana Buddhism in the U.S. and abroad. He is the acting resident teacher of the Santa Barbara Bodhi Path Center and a member of the prestigious Transformational Leadership Council and the Association of Transformational Leaders. Dawa lives with his family in Santa Barbara, CA.

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