My life and work is inspired by more than 44 years of Buddhist meditation practice and study combined with a personal journey to positively change my mind and heart through a wide range of spiritual and psychological techniques. It is my aspiration to share with others whatever I have learned that might be of value.
I have found the Buddhist understanding of the causes of suffering and the sources of freedom to be extremely accurate, practical, and totally applicable to our 21st century lives. I do my best to translate that understanding into practical terms that can fruitfully be applied to our personal, professional or organizational relationships, challenges, habit patterns, and aspirations.
I hold a master’s degree in psychology and have trained intensively in a variety of spiritual practices in all three schools of Buddhist meditative traditions (Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana), including mindfulness, concentration, loving kindness, compassion and altruistic motivation. I bow in gratitude to all the teachers, mentors, counselors, and spiritual friends who have offered me teachings and nurtured my path. For me, meditation and various forms of heart-mind training have been essential elements in learning to lead a happy and meaningful life.
My professional career has included project management, writing, research, substance abuse counseling, and private practice as a counselor and coach. In 1995 I first delivered workshops in mindfulness of listening to counseling professionals and have since taught secular applications of meditation in a variety of professional settings and to the general public. You can view my professional experience here.
I also teach introductory meditation with an emphasis on connecting altruistic motivation and good heart with relaxed concentration and mindfulness.
Details of my meditation and academic training include:
Buddhist meditation training
- Buddhist meditation training, including intensive silent retreats, study, and practice in the three major schools of Buddhism, 1974 – present.
- Theravada: Vipassana practice with Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzburg, Jack Kornfield, Myoshin Kelley and others; including numerous 10 day retreats and five retreats of 30+ days at Bucksport, Maine, Insight Meditation Society, and The Forest Refuge, beginning in 1974.
- Mahayana: Zen residential practice at The Providence Zen Center under the guidance of Zen Master Seung Sahn; including multiple 7 day retreats and self-retreat of 100 days and 49 days, 1977 – 1985; study and practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with Dharma Teacher Joanne Friday, 2000 – 2017.
- Vajrayana: practice and study under the guidance of Nyingma lineage holder H.E. Dza Kilung Jigme Rinpoche, including multiple 7 day retreats, self-retreat of 30+ days, and 7 years of Shakgya non-residential year-long program, 2010 –2017; retreats and teachings from other great lineage holders, including Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, and Phakchok Rinpoche (2002 – 2017), as well as Western lamas including Lama John Makransky.
- Advanced Study and Practice Program, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Barre, MA, 2006-07.
- Certified Instructor in The Relaxed Mind seven meditation series by Dza Kilung Rinpoche, 2017
Secular meditation training
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Training, UMass Medical Center, 1999.
Academic education and licensing
- B. A., Liberal Arts, State University of New York at Old Westbury, New York.
- M. A., Psychology, California State College at Sonoma, Rohnert Park, California.
- Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional, State of Rhode Island, 1991 – 1998.