I teach an unconventional eastern philosophy class to large groups at Santa Monica College, where my students and I "tune-in" before lecture. We stop, we greet the day, we breathe, we meditate and we listen to the delicious music, if only for a few minutes, or so.

I believe that as teachers, we teach just as much through our presence and our way of being, as through our words. I believe we are in a unique position to uplift others and I also believe we are all teachers in some way.

It is in this spirit that I wrote my first book, Buddha in the Classroom; Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers. Although it was my most trying year, it was also the beginning of a renewed sense of enjoyment in the classroom.

Darkness always gives birth to the light!

My hope now is that this collection of vignettes may serve as a source of encouragement to all readers.

I have an extensive background in Zen Buddhism and am a student and a teacher of Kundalini Yoga. When I'm not teaching or writing, you'll likely find me walking my nutty little terrier, Marcel.

Please also see my articles at:
Spirit Voyage, Elephant Journal and Shambhala Sun.


Catch my radio interviews!

(7/11/12) Interview on WCCO Radio, Minnesota: Listen on youtube!

(8/3/12) Interview on KXL Radio, Portland: Listen on youtube!

(7/17/12) Interview on WTVN Radio, Columbus


Take a peek into my classroom on my you tube page.


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