– Spiritual Director
– Meditation Teacher (Order of Interbeing)
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.
– Center Director
I immigrated to the United States alone as a teenager at 16, and moved around the country many times. I have an MFA from Notre Dame, worked at a large non-profit (the International Rescue Committee), and participated in a wide range of community organizing activities (immigrant storytelling events, homeless shelters, juvenile detention centers, poetry readings, and more). I learned from my experiences in a wide range of roles, such as a legal office assistant at a refugee resettlement agency, a piano teacher, and a meditation teacher.
At the DMC, as part of the Wake Up YES group, I have worked to bring back the Plum Village music portion to the gathering, collaborating with other members to plan how best to enrich Tuesday night meditation with music.
As a Korean, I was fortunate to have grown up in a culture where meditation is present in mainstream awareness, and visiting Buddhist temples for holidays is a common practice. As a preteen, I learned to do body scan meditation from my Taekwondo teacher. My formal meditation practice started with my Yoga practice in 2011. Ashtanga Yoga practice was my moving meditation practice of choice, and Yoga Nidra my still-meditation practice. Influenced by my late brother’s growing interest in Buddhism, I joined the group meditation at the Bohyun Zen Buddhist Temple in 2018 until the covid threat became serious. Also in 2018, I started Qigong practice with Michael Stallings of Sandhill Crane Chikung, and I continue to practice with the group. Becoming interested that same year in the connection between mental wellness and meditation through a scientific lens, I also got trained to teach Mindfulness techniques under Dr. Kay Colbert, LCSW (who is a student of Dr. Jon Kabat Zin) at the Dallas Yoga Center. Mindful Body Scan and Compassionate Self-talk continue to be central to my meditation practice. But perhaps the most important growth in my meditation journey began when I started attending the Wake Up YES group at the DMC in 2019. The interfaith nature of the community and Thich Nhat Hanh’s compassionate teaching, which corrected some of my misconceptions about Buddhist teaching, helped me grow as a human. Most importantly, it was here at the DMC I truly realized the importance of Sangha, and I am honored to be serving the community as a regular facilitator. It is truly my pleasure to share the power of meditation with the world.
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.”
Photography by Dave Westbrook.