Through The Flames

After miraculously surviving a plane crash in Myanmar, Allan Lokos shares what his long and painful recovery process is teaching him about humanity’s ability to survive—and even thrive-in the face of suffering.

In Through the Flames, Allan tells the terrifying story of being trapped in a plane when it crashed and exploded in flames. He was severely burned in the accident, and in the days and weeks following the crash the many doctors who examined Allan determined that he would not survive.

In this inspiring account of his against-all-odds recovery, Allan uses his decades of experience cultivating compassion, mindfulness, and wisdom to examine the challenge of human suffering, and addresses the question of how we can thrive in the midst of pain and adversity.


New York Times Interview The Zen of Plane Crashes (2015)

(Through the Flames) is the story of the incredible resilience of the human spirit, and the fact that we can each learn how to access it and to trust it. Seeing someone, right in the midst of their vulnerability and distress, turn again and again to awareness, love and compassion is inspiring beyond words.”
– From the foreword by Sharon Salzberg

“Gripping, haunting, and helpful, this is a remarkable book from a remarkable man.”
– Rick Hanson, Ph.D., NY Times best-selling author of Hardwiring Happiness and Buddha’s Brain

“This is a story of amazing fortitude, compassion, and wisdom. Through the Flames is beautifully written, completely engaging, and very inspiring.”
– Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

“Whether your crash is a divorce, death of a dear one, loss of financial security, or serious illness, this beautifully written story will guide you in finding the blessings of love, peace, and freedom.”
– Tara Brach, Ph.D. Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

Through the Flames will make you feel what is tender, listen to what is lasting, and make you want to carry what matters through everything.”
– Mark Nepo, NY Times best-selling author of The Book of Awakening

“A treasure of wisdom and compassion awaits you between the covers of this book.”
– Brother David Steindl-Rast, author and spiritual teacher; co-founder of

“(Through the Flames) bursts with illuminating insights into how an accomplished practitioner holds up when put through the worst of circumstances.”
– Tricycle Magazine

“This is an inspiring book that is also filled with practical advice regarding both self-care and caregiving.”
– Spirituality and Practice



Pocket Peace
Effective Practices for Enlightened Living

Concise insightful practices for enlightened living.
“Stress is a sure happiness killer, but the antidote just might be Pocket Peace by Allan Lokos.” – Boston Globe


Through the Flames
Overcoming Disaster Through Compassion, Patience, and Determination

This is an inspiring true story of survival against all odds. “A remarkable book by a remarkable man.” – Rick Hanson, Ph.D., NY Times best-selling author


The Art of Peaceful Living

An in-depth exploration of this essential quality.
“A great deal of the world’s problems could be solved by taking Lokos’ advice.” – Booklist

ALLAN LOKOS is the founder and guiding teacher of The Community Meditation Center in New York City. He is the author of Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living, Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living, and Through the Flames: Overcoming Disaster Through Compassion, Patience, and Determination.

His writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, Tricycle magazine, Beliefnet, and several anthologies. Among the places he has taught are Columbia University Teachers College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The Omega Institute, The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Marymount College, The Rubin Museum Brainwave Series, Buddhafest, The NY Open Center, Tibet House, NY Insight Meditation Center, and Insight Meditation Community of Washington. Allan has practiced meditation since the mid-nineties and studied with such renowned teachers as Sharon Salzberg, Thich Nhat Hanh, Joseph Goldstein, Robert Thurman, and Stephen Batchelor.


Allan's Related Activities

New York Times Interview The Zen of Plane Crashes (2015)
Allan on Fox News
(Contains graphic images)
Allan on HuffPostLive
Allan on NPR Roundtable (2015)
Audio teaching
Video teaching
Tricycle Online Book Club
Tricycle Online retreat 
New York Times Interview (2011)
NPR Interview (2012)
Allan on CBS Sunday Morning (Date TBA)


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593 Columbus Ave. (88th St.)
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