Raúl Coronado began meditating in 2007 after he took Larry Yang and Anushka Fernandopulle’s meditation for beginners course for people of color in the SF Mission. His practice has continued to unfold through his participation in a variety of retreats and practice groups and study programs, including two monthlong retreats, Larry Yang’s Commit 2 Dharma program, and Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner’s two-year program. A native of Dallas, Raúl moved to San Francisco in 1995, began graduate school in 1996, and moved to Chicago in 2004 where he taught at the University of Chicago before taking a job at UC Berkeley in 2013 as a professor of Ethnic Studies. He is the author of A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture (see link icon below). His teaching and research focus on how communities of people in the past have left traces of their soul through writing, and in that way seeks to integrate Buddhist principles of presence, no-self, and impermanence.