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WRITER

I have a weekly column at Patheos: Buddhist called Bodhisattva Road, which you can get to here.

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And a weekly column at The Tattooed Buddha called Awake in the City, which you can get to here.

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This all really started because I love writing about Buddhism.

Writing about Buddhism is part of the path for me. As time went on, people started asking me to talk and teach about Buddhism. Talking about the dharma didn’t come naturally to me at first, but it’s part of my path now too. I love sharing what I’ve learned.

TEACHER

I teach at the Open Heart Project: Daily Dharma Gathering Monday nights at 7pm (CST). I try to inspire people with dharma talks, stories, real life examples, and guided meditations. You can get there by clicking here:

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I’m trying to offer many of the services people get at temples here, online.

If you’re interested in:

  • Meditation instruction
  • Learning more about Buddhism
  • Taking Precepts (becoming a Buddhist)
  • Having a teacher
  • Spiritual guidance
  • or if you just have questions

Please Contact Me. I know teachers are hard to find and many people get a lot out of developing a relationship with a teacher.

I’m also trying to build a community over at Morning Sky Zen and in my Facebook Group.

I’ve been practicing since 2000. I’ve spent over 40 days on retreat.

I’ve had a wide ranging experience in several Buddhist traditions, studying with teachers in Tsaotung Ch’an, Rinzai Zen, Tibetan Rime, Thai Forest Theravada, and Korean Zen traditions.

I was named a Senior Dharma teacher in the Tsaotung Ch’an Tradition in 2014. Prior to that I trained as a Bodhisattva Monk in the Korean Zen Tradition with a student of Master Seung Sahn and as a Dharma Facilitator in the Tibetan Rime Tradition.

Currently my main focus is on Mindfulness practices rooted in the earliest Zen teachings and Compassion practices rooted in the Bodhisattva tradition. I sit regularly with the Inner Peace Buddhist Center Sangha in Kansas City and sometimes I volunteer with the Rime Center in some of their outreach programs.

I also practice with two online communities, The Open Heart Project and The Dharma Winds Zen Sangha. I am recognized as a Dharma Teacher in both of these communities.

I want to share my practice with simplicity, sincerity and humility but I don’t offer all the services that a Buddhist temple may offer. I consider myself in the tradition of Zen lunatics like Han Shan and Ikkyu.

SPEAKER

I’ve given public talks at  The Inner Peace Buddhist Center and at The Gaea Retreat Center. If you want me to come to your event, click Here

MY STORY

I started studying Buddhism in 2000, mainly focused on overcoming my own suffering.

In 2010 I completed Meditation Instructor Training and Certification through the Rime Center. I also took lay ordination (pratimoksha) and Bodhisattva Vows there.

From 2010 until 2014 I ran the Dharma School program there, teaching kids about Buddhism (including my own).

In 2012 and 2013 I spent some time as a Novice Monk in the Five Mountain Zen Order.

In 2014 I went through lay teacher training through the Richard Hunn Association for Ch’an Studies. I took the Mahayana Precepts from the Brahmajala Sutra and became a teacher in the Tsaotung Ch’an tradition.

In 2018 I was recognized as a Dharma Teacher in the Dharma Winds Zen Order, an online network of Zen hermitages.

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Classes Attended:

(All classes attended in Kansas City, Missouri, unless otherwise specified)

Rime Tradition: Rime Center Buddhist Community:

Meditation Workshop, Basics of Buddhism, Mahayana Sutra Studies, Way of the Bodhisattva, Lojong Mind Training, Four Foundations of Mindfulness, Turning the Mind Toward the Dharma, Preparation of Practice with the Four Wheels, Establishing a Practice and Working with a Teacher, 37 Practices of All Bodhisattvas, Emotional Awareness

Zen Tradition: Five Mountain Zen Order:

Meditation Practice, Buddhist Ceremonies, Buddhist Precepts, Life of the Buddha, Buddhism Beyond Religion, Intro to Zen, Mirror of Zen, Dropping Ashes on the Buddha, Compass of Zen, Foundational Buddhism, Zen Poetry, Platform Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Huayan Buddhism, Chan Master Bodhidharma, Chan Master Huango, Chan Master Mazu

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