Lodro Rinzler - Founder
A lifelong messenger of Buddhist principles, Lodro Rinzler has been bringing his extensive learnings to new and varied audiences since childhood. His bestselling books The Buddha Walks into a Bar, the award-winning Walk Like a Buddha, and many more share the wisdom he’s learned over a lifetime to a millennial audience yearning for meaningful messages.
A graduate of Wesleyan University, Lodro Rinzler founded the school’s Buddhist House while studying at the famed liberal arts school. A haven among the sometimes-frantic undergraduate world, the 18-person meditation dorm was an early staging area for a career spent sharing in the possibilities of mindfulness. Taking charge in establishing this collegiate safe haven was an early execution of Lodro’s lifelong mission of making meditation accessible to all.
After college, Lodro began leading meditation practices in Boston and around the country, traveling frequently to better share his experience with a wider audience. As Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Compassionate Leadership in New York, Lodro built an organization charged with coaching and mentoring entrants as part of a full educational experience. With an eye on equipping a generation for thoughtful problem solving, he was well-positioned to help inspire with the meaningful message of the Buddha. To Lodro Rinzler, suffering and anxiety can be tamed in any mind, as long as it is opened to the possibility.
His mission was brought to further light with the birth of MNDFL. Named NYC’s best drop-in meditation studio by New York magazine, this organization was co-founded by Lodro with the goal of spreading the peaceful ideals of meditation to a world inundated with stressors. Since 2015, MNDFL has expanded to two more studios, an online teaching portal, and a non-profit arm sharing meditation principles with underprivileged students for no cost.
Lodro Rinzler has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and FOX, CBS, and NBC News coverage. His books rank among the leading contemporary works in philosophy and mindfulness and have twice been honored with the Independent Publishers Book Award.
Lodro Rinzler currently lives in New York City with his wife and pets.