Staff

Bobbie Perkins
– Spiritual Director
– Meditation Teacher (Order of Interbeing)
– Facilitator
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Bobbie Perkins is the Spiritual Director of the Dallas Meditation Center. She began working at Dallas Meditation Center in 2011 as a Personal Assistant to the founder, Brother ChiSing, and became the Executive Director in 2016 after Brother ChiSing’s passing. Bobbie managed the successful renovation and relocation of Dallas Meditation Center to its new space in 2017. 

She leads classes and workshops at various businesses and corporate events, teaching methods to reduce stress and anxiety while developing mindfulness and presence. Bobbie leads Interbeing Sangha, (a meditation group that meets weekly at the Dallas Meditation Center), facilitates other meditation gatherings, and oversees the planning of special events. 

Bobbie is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing, having attained ordination after two years of study and working with several mentors.

Bobbie is a retired public school teacher and an amateur musician who enjoys singing, writing haiku poems, drawing mandalas, and reading. She is dedicated to living in harmony with the vows of the Order of Interbeing to promote peace, love, and compassion within herself so that she can share those qualities with others.

Miguel Chen
– Center Director
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Miguel Chen is a musician, author, and teacher of yoga and meditation. As a musician, he is the bassist (and a songwriter) for relentless punk-rock stalwarts Teenage Bottlerocket. As an author, Miguel has published I Wanna Be Well: How a Punk Found Peace and You Can Too and The Death Of You: A Book for Anyone Who Might Not Live Forever, both of which combine his passion for music, yoga, and spirituality. He has also written a children’s book, The Virus, illustrated by David Buist. When not touring around the world, Miguel leads teachings online and in person at the self-owned Blossom Yoga.

He and his various modes of expression have been featured on CNN, The Washington Post, Lion’s Roar, Spin, Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, New Noise magazine, and plenty more. For more from Miguel, subscribe to his Substack newsletter, The Zen of (Miguel) Chen. You’ll be happy you did. Miguel lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Émilie and their 3 kids. 

Cornell Kinderknecht
– Director of Operations
– Meditation Teacher (Order of Interbeing)
– Facilitator
– Musician
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Cornell Kinderknecht is a professional musician and a software engineer. He serves our organization as a director, facilitator, webmaster, and musician. Cornell’s first career is as a software engineer, and he has worked in the high-tech industry for many years, developing Internet applications and specializing in security and privacy. He also provides website development.

Cornell has been involved with our community since our early beginnings in 2007. He has served the organization as a musician and music coordinator at gatherings and events. He manages the websites and takes care of most things technological. Cornell is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing, and a meditation teacher and facilitator, leading the Mindful Mondays meditation group, which focuses on Practical Mindfulness for Everyday Living.

Cornell’s musical resume includes performing his original works at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, a GRAMMY nomination, and numerous recordings and awards. He performs and teaches throughout the United States. He is the director of the annual Pacific Northwest Native American Flute Gathering on Vashon Island; is music director of the Dallas Recorder Society, and was on the board of directors of Earth Rhythms. See Cornell’s musical biography at www.cornellk.com

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Music… three things that he tries to integrate into all aspects of life. Cornell’s Dharma name given by Thich Nhat Hanh is “True Unfolding Awakening.”

Ana Shoemaker
– Content Creator – Newsletter, Social Media and
Website, Graphics and Print
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