The way I see my role as a teacher and coach is to serve as a type of catalyst. I like the term ‘catalyst’ because it highlights the fact that the teacher does not cause the student’s process, but rather is invited to participate in the one that’s already unfolding.
My approach is informed both by my experience and training in the Insight, Zen, & Vajrayana styles of Buddhist meditation, as well as a growing list of ideas, practices, and perspectives which I’ve found useful. That said, I typically work with people on five styles of meditation, which are:
Although I think each of these techniques are important, I’ve also found that there’s something more vital than meditative techniques–and that is what brings you to practice in the first place. What are the questions that drive you? What are your aims for practice? Oftentimes, in working together, we will find methods and models are aligned with these aims and questions, but sometimes we will strike out into uncharted territory. In this unmapped space your deepest questions, more so than anyone’s previous answers, become the most reliable beacon for further exploration.
Buddhist-BASEd MIND TRAINING
The primary way that I work with folks is through a public event or through Buddhist Geeks--either on a Buddhist Geeks Retreat or in the Buddhist Geeks Dojo.
Buddhist Geeks Retreats are in-person immersives with a focus on intensifying one's practice over the course of several days in a supportive context. The Buddhist Geeks Dojo is a cloud-based training community designed for the 21st century. Both are appropriate for beginners as well as more seasoned practitioners and I'm personally available in both contexts to provide instruction and respond to questions.