Christa Tinari is Senior Instructional Content Developer and International Trainer for the Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning Program at the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University. The SEE Learning Program is a fulfillment of His Holiness’ The Dalai Lama’s vision of an educational program that emphasizes the development of compassion, the cultivation of attention skills and engaged ethical action based on an awareness of interdependence and common humanity.
Ms. Tinari holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a M.A. in International Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, with certification in Student Assistance Counseling. For over twenty years, she has brought Peace Education to thousands of children, educators, and parents. She was formerly a School Violence Prevention specialist with several school districts and also Adjunct Instructor of Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she taught future educators how to build compassionate classrooms. She sat on the committee that crafted the social-emotional educational standards for the State of New Jersey, and has presented at major international educational conferences. Ms. Tinari is also co-author of Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School: 48 Character Building Lessons to Foster Respect and Prevent Bullying.
Ms. Tinari is a long-time Dharma practitioner, having become a student of Venerable Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen of Sakya Phuntsok Ling in 1999. She later received teachings from His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche at Tsechen Kunchab Ling. Ms. Tinari helped establish the first Dharma Family Camp programs at Tsechen Kunchab Ling in New York and Sakya Thupten Dargye Ling in Minnesota that served children of Tibetan, American and Chinese backgrounds. Working closely with her teachers, she brought her expertise in Peace Education to contribute to the creation of a children’s program that emphasized Dharma practice and the development of values such as kindness, patience, restraint, responsibility and generosity.