I’ve been practicing Buddhism since 2003. I practiced on my own for a long time.

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 trained as a Zen Monk in the Five Mountain Zen Order.

I started giving talks at the Open Heart Project in 2015.

In 2018 I became a Zen Priest and teacher in the Dharma Winds Zen Order, an online network of Zen hermitages and I am also affiliated with the Order of Hsu Yun.

When I joined the Dharma Winds Sangha as a Zen priest I was given the Buddhist name “QianMing Shakya”. QianMing means Supreme Clarity. Shakya is the title that ordained teachers are given in the Chinese Zen tradition.

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

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.