The Caitanya Ecological Foundation


Joseph Knapp, President, Founder

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Joseph Knapp received his bachelors degree from Sonoma State University in Humanistic/Transpersonal Psychology (1996), did graduate work at the same university in Transpersonal Psychology, and studied for three years at the Transpersonal Center of Holistic Integration (1990s). His expertise in spiritual cultivation and self-transformation has come about through over thirty years of deep and concentrated spiritual practice rooted in Eastern Yogic and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. He completed more than seven years of retreat practice in India and Nepal and  intensive study under the guidance of several spiritual teachers including Baba Hari Dass, Siddha Mouni Baba, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Dilgo Khyenste Rinpoche. His primary focus of research and practice is personal ecology, the ecology of the individual self in relationship to the body, the mind, and their immediate environments.  Mr. Knapp is thus deeply concerned with alternative methods of  healing the body and mind. Since all personal ecologies are small parts of the larger global ecology, that too is a subject of his deep concern. 

Neal Delmonico, Vice-president, Treasurer


Mr. Delmonico completed his BA at the University of Colorado (1978) and his MA (1985) and PhD (1990) at the University of Chicago in South Asian Languages and Civilizations. He is the author of numerous articles and books on South Asian religion, philosophy, and literature.  He has taught courses in world religions and civilizations at various universities and colleges in the Midwest. He is currently translating several works from Bengali and Sanskrit into English. His recent work has been on the influence of worldviews and meditative practices on ecological understanding and practice.

Mark Tinghino, Secretary

Mark Tinghino

Mr. Tinghino is owner and principal of Moonbeam Trading and President of Moonlight Technologies Corporation. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from University of Illinois at Chicago and attended University of Chicago as an M.A. candidate in South Asian Languages and Civilizations. He resides in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and pays close attention to the local ecology. He spent nineteen months traveling in India and studying Medieval Bengali, classical Sanskrit literature and esoteric meditative practices.  Mr. Tinghino is currently working on several translations from Bengali and essays on ecology and the stock and futures markets of the world. 

Lynn Shook, Operational Consultant