In 2010 I attended a retreat with Jason Siff, a Theravadin teacher. I felt a strong connection to several of Jason’s teachings, such as allowing thoughts, as well as emotions during meditation, and developing an explorative, gentle process towards all experiences we encounter in meditation. I felt these teachings were highly useful in modern, daily life and I’m dedicated to bringing these teachings to anyone who would like to learn them.
I participated in the Skillful Meditation Teacher Training program for several years, and during that time I began teaching Recollective Awareness Meditation under the direction of Jason Siff and other senior teachers.
Going to the beginning of my Buddhist practice, I began learning Buddhist meditation in 1981 under the guidance of Matsuoka, Roshi in Long Beach, California. I became a Zen priest in 1984, and practiced in the Zen tradition for 30 years, also studying for several years with Jack Duffy, Joko Beck, and Robert Moore (Ji Bong) and their wonderful sanghas. I received inka from Matsuoka Roshi in July, 1992.
I am a semi retired psychotherapist (LICSW), and counselor in Bellevue, Washington. I was first licensed as a therapist in California, 1992.