Allan Lokos is the founder and guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center. He began his study and practice of meditation with Thây Thich Nhat Hanh in the nineties and his teachers have included Joseph Goldstein, Larry Rosenberg, Andrew Olendzki, Stephen Batchelor, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche, among others. He has attended retreats at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and classes and workshops at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Allan has also attended a number of weeklong teachings with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. Since 2002 Allan has enjoyed a treasured relationship with Sharon Salzberg, studying the dhamma and deepening his meditation practice.
He is the author of Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living (Tarcher/Penguin), and Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living (Tarcher/Penguin, 12/2011). His writing has appeared in Tricycle Magazine (for whom he also led a month-long online retreat), Back Stage newspaper, and the anthology, Audacious Creativity. Among the many places he has taught are New York Insight Meditation Center, The New York Open Center, Insight Meditation Community of Washington, Columbia University Buddhist Association, The Rubin Museum, Marymount College, One Spirit Learning Alliance, and The New Seminary.
Earlier in this life Allan was a professional singer appearing in the original Broadway productions of "Oliver!" and "Pickwick," as well as the Stratford Festival/Broadway production of "The Pirates of Penzance."
Allan was selected as one of "50 Inspiring Religous Leaders You Should follow on Twitter."