My passion is liberation… the liberation of the heart.
I dedicate myself to the liberation of the heart by practicing and teaching the Dharma through Insight meditation, which is fundamentally a path that liberates the heart and mind. The Insight tradition I am referring to is rooted in Burmese Theravada traditions, the Thai Forest tradition, and textually to Nikaya/early Buddhism. These teachings are combined with an understanding that makes these teachings relevant for our contemporary lives.
My understanding of this liberation expanded when I was introduced to Somatic Experiencing® (SE). After witnessing profound transformations in myself and in my clients through SE, it became a vital new avenue by which to explore liberation.
My sincere aspiration is to provide individuals with opportunities for such transformations through the Dharma and Somatic Experiencing.
Embodying the Dharma has been an integral part of my life since I was 18 years old.
I have been consistently practicing Buddhist meditation since 1988 in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism and was ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in 1996. I spent 6 years living in a rigorous Rinzai Zen monastic environment before and during my time as a monk.
My training in Insight Meditation/Theravada includes extended meditation retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, and India as well as numerous retreats in the U.S. I was given permission to teach in this tradition by Eric Kolvig, and by the Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society Teacher training program.
Since 2000, I have taught meditation in a variety of settings, including prisons, schools and universities, wellness and drug rehabilitation centers, as well as various sitting groups and Sanghas throughout the U.S. I now spend most of my time serving local Sanghas and leading retreats.
In teaching the Dharma, I am interested in maintaining a close tie with this 2,600 year old tradition and conveying it in a way that speaks to our current situation. It is important to see that all aspects of our lives are gateways to following this path of liberation.
In addition to leading retreats and supporting Sanghas through various avenues of teaching, I have a keen interest in supporting practitioners in deepening their spiritual path with one-on-one guidance. In these individual interactions we explore how to deepen into a spiritual life and fully embody this path.
Somatic Experiencing® Background
I am a certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner and an approved SE Assistant for SE trainings. I receive supervision from an approved SE Consultant, and continue to attend advanced SE trainings.
In my work, I take the role of an educator who supports clients in developing the necessary awareness towards physical and mental processes that leads to the resolution of symptoms resulting from unresolved trauma and stress.
I was Founding Partner and Co-Director of Equanimity Development Institute, an organization that provided meditation instruction and SE to clients in an inpatient drug rehabilitation center as well as to individuals in the general public.
My work as an educator in my SE sessions is also informed by my training in Focusing, my Master’s degree in Counseling and my Buddhist meditation practice which began in 1988.
I learned the process of Focusing under the guidance of Ann Weiser Cornell through doing the five levels of her focusing training as well receiving training in how to support others in the focusing process.
My sincere aspiration is to provide individuals with opportunities for such transformations through the Dharma and Somatic Experiencing®.