“…Blessed One, if an honorable seeker is to begin the path of awakening,
how must they stand, how must they walk, how must they work with their hearts?”
(The Diamond Sūtra)
Dharma & Yoga Training Program (DYP)
A beautiful 6-month 200-hour yoga training integrating Buddhist meditation and core practices taught by Djuna Mascall, with me, Leslie Booker, Tias Little, Anne Cushman, and Mark Coleman as supporting core teachers.
Enrollment is now open.
January-June, 2019 (Spirit Rock Meditation Center)
As part of the DYP, I am teaching these workshops open to the public [registration links coming soon]:
- Trauma & Cultural Sensitivity In Relationship with Yoga
(Co-teaching with Leslie Booker)
March 9 – 10, 2019 (Spirit Rock Meditation Center)
- Buddhism and Yoga: Integrating the Traditions
April 27, 2019 (Spirit Rock Meditation Center)
I am honored to serve as a mentor for my teacher Jack Kornfield’s beautiful Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program. Enrollment for 2019 has closed, and the next class will begin in 2020.
About my work
This website contains material related to my work as a scholar-practitioner, weaving between academic research and community-based teaching. My research looks at the experience of subtle states of consciousness in Western contemplative arts, and works toward a robust, socially-inclusive Buddhist phenomenology. I teach and write about Theravāda Buddhism, Insight Meditation, and Haṭha Yoga as supports for personal liberation and social justice.
Central to my understanding and teaching is the role of trauma and relational disruption in the process of self-knowledge and inquiry. Trauma comes in many forms, from physical harm through violence and accidents, to emotional harm in unsafe relationships, to the systemic harm all of us experience in cultures where racism, sexism, oppression, and the abuse of communities by rapacious social systems (consumer capitalism, toxic individualism, religious fundamentalism, intolerance) are the norm.
Wise action to heal trauma consists in addressing it wisely on all levels, including the personal and societal, and influences every level of spiritual development. Integrating the individual and communal aspects of healing is the most important task now for those of us blessed with the privilege to practice. My approach to individual and collective healing is influenced by the trauma resolution work of Organic Intelligence, Somatic Experiencing, and Polyvagal Theory.
No specific religious belief is necessary to practice with me, but my teaching is strongly rooted in the Theravāda Buddhist tradition as expressed in Thai Forest and Burmese Vipassanā lineages, with substantial influence from Tibetan Mahāyāna, Śaiva Tantra, Vaiṣṇava Bhakti, and the modern Haṭha and Vinyasa Yoga traditions.
All are welcome to come and explore the mystery of this human life together.
Stay strong through the storms of our times! And please reach out if I can support you on your path. I look forward to practicing with you sometime soon. Blessings always.
If you benefit from my work and want to express your gratitude through an offering of money, you can donate to me directly through PayPal. Your offerings help me to devote more of my time to this work, and to keep it available to as many people as possible.
Thank you for your generosity!