Allan Lokos is the founder and guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center located on New York City’s upper west side. He is the author of Pocket Peace: Walking the Path of Inner Peace and Lasting Happiness.
He began his study and practice of meditation with Thay Thich Nhat Hanh in the nineties and later founded A Joyful Sangha based on Thay’s teachings. Other teachers have included Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Stephen Batchelor, Larry Rosenberg, Andrew Olendzki, Corrado Penza, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. He has also attended a number of weeklong teachings with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama.
Lokos is an ordained Interfaith minister and Co-Founder/Spiritual Director of The Community of Peace and Spirituality. He is a graduate of The New Seminary and is a guest teacher there as well as at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and Marymount Manhattan College. His writing has appeared in Tricycle Magazine and his essay, The Spiritual Practice of Creativity, appears in the anthology, Audacious Creativity: 30 Ways to Liberate Your Soulful Creative Energy.