After 10 years of training, my Zen Master urged me to open a temple in San Francisco, and to support myself by Rolfing as I worked to help others. So, I started my journey.
If you want to succeed at something you have to train with good teachers. Thus, for five years, from 2004-2009 I studied with the best holistic healers in the world: in Boulder, L.A., Phoenix, Santa Fe, Vienna, and Berlin. What they taught me continues to prove invaluable as I do my best to help those who want to take care of their bodies.
Zen – Rolfing
Pursuing my passion for Buddhism, I continued to follow my teacher’s guidance and founded Maha Bodhi Zen Center in San Francisco’s Richmond District to help a small group of devoted folks restore their peace of mind. The Rolfing practice thrived. The temple grew. And an individual coaching practice as well as meditation classes began to flourish as people uncovered more joy, clarity, and confidence in their lives.
A new path
In 2014 my Zen Master died. I learned that happiness and creativity can be followed by change, death, and loss. After my teacher’s death, in a transformational act of self-renewal, I went to study with a colleague of his—another Zen Master from Japan—to continue my path to spiritual mastery. Giving up all I had accomplished, I set out to start a new chapter in New York City under the excellent guidance of my current teacher, Ven. Seikan Hasegawa. Now I use the difficult lessons I’ve learned about letting go and moving on to guide people who want to live their best lives.
Land for Zen Study
Grapevine was acquired: a 40-acre property in the foothills of the North Carolina mountains—a holy precinct dedicated to the Zen study of the relationship between substance and phenomena. Because providing a place in nature for people to study and grow is an excellent way to teach about life.
Temple for Zen Study
In 2019 we acquired a temple in Kyoto for Buddhist study and pilgrimage to the disappearing Old World of purity, nature, beauty, and true spiritual life in Japan. The hope for this temple is to provide a place for you to participate in the profound teachings and experience of Zen.
The Transformational Self
In addition to teaching Buddhism and writing, I currently work as a Rolfer and as a kind of Spiritual Life Coach with anyone who wants to manifest a better life and a better self. The surest path to happiness is to establish a clear spiritual foundation for your life—whether in a secular or in a religious context—free of social trappings. I chose Buddhism as my path, and I am here to help you—whatever your orientation might be—to integrate and align your body and mind to find and to realize your truth.