Loch Kelly, M Div, LCSW, is the founder of the Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. He is an author, meditation teacher, educator and licensed psychotherapist. His current bestselling book, Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness, has been named Top 10 Best Books of the Year by Spirituality & Health Magazine and Spirituality and Practice. A graduate of Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, Loch was awarded a fellowship to study forms of non-dual meditation in Sri Lanka India and Nepal from 1981-1982 and has since delved into a variety of disciplines under teachers from around the world. He studied Buddhism with Professor Lily de Silva at the University of Kandy, Sri Lanka, Insight Meditation with Godwin Samararatne and at the Theravada monasteries, Inter-Spiritual Contemplative Meditation with Fr. Bede Griffiths and Anthony de Mello, Advaita at Sri Ramana Ashram, and Dzogchen and Sutra Mahamudra with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in Nepal.