Loch Kelly

Loch Kelly

Author, Meditation Teacher, Psychotherapist, and Founder of Open-Hearted Awareness Institute

LOCH KELLY is a renowned author, meditation teacher, psychotherapist, and founder of the 501c3 non-profit Institute named Open-Hearted Awareness. Loch offers teaching in a non-sectarian human being lineage using an adult education style based on the earliest non-dual wisdom traditions, psychotherapy, and modern science. Loch is always grateful to all his teachers and shares his own experience that has given him great joy, freedom, and love.

Kelly’s work offers to help people access awakening as the next natural stage of human development. He also offers in-person retreats, workshops, online video and audio courses, etc. Kelly served on the New York Insight Teachers Council and studied extensively with Mingyur Rinpoche. He was invited to provide his teaching of direct realization by Adyashanti. Kelly has collaborated with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn, and NYU to study how awareness training can enhance compassion and well-being.

As a licensed psychotherapist, Loch has been teaching seminars, supervising clinicians, and practicing awareness psychotherapy in NYC for 30 years. Loch is a graduate of Columbia University and Union Theological. He was awarded a fellowship to study forms of non-dual meditation in Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal from 1981-1982 and has studied with 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.  Loch spent ten years establishing homeless shelters and community lunch programs and working in a community mental health clinic in Brooklyn, New York. Loch served as Coordinator of Counseling and Interspiritual Chaplain at Union Theological Seminary and has worked with families recovering or facing from the trauma of 9/11.

Books by Loch

  • The Way of Effortless Mindfulness: A Revolutionary Guide for Living an Awakened Life
  • Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness
  • Effortless Mindfulness Now: Awakening Our Natural Capacity for Focus, Freedom, and Joy
  • Shift into Freedom: A Training in the Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness

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