There are a lot of human conflicts and personal suffering in the world today. This has resulted in existential nihilism, physical and spiritual malnutrition, violence and anxiety. This seems particularly true in “the West.” We all need healthy ways to prevent falling victims to this. For Sensei, it’s a love of reading & writing, a fulfilling spiritual life, martial arts and plant-based eating. His mother instilled a deep thirst for reading in him at an early age. Sensei’s favorite areas of reading include philosophy, religion, phenomenology, theoretical scientific thought, spirituality and Consciousness. He was raised in the Southern Baptist Christian tradition. Though he left the tradition in early adulthood he maintains a deep love and respect for Jesus. Sensei’s spiritual odyssey included many experiences and deep exploration of western traditions, mysticism and indigenous practices. Ultimately, he found his spiritual home in Pure Land Buddhism (a Chan/Mahayana tradition) and is a lay disciple of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order founded by Venerable Master Hsing Yun.
Educationally, Sensei ‘s background is in speech communications, rhetoric and philosophy. (B.A. Speech Communications & Rhetoric) His early thoughts were influenced by several western philosophical traditions. The ancient Greeks, Stoics, Existentialism, Metaphysics (Aristotelian/Classical) and Phenomenology were particularly impactful. When it comes to great writing, he favors the works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Sensei is a published author and is presently working on a collection of audio content around his mind mastery teachings and the essentials of chan buddhist practices.
Though the west had captured his mind early on in life, Sensei’s heart and spirit always felt most at home with eastern traditions. Some of the eastern influences on his thinking include the writings of Yogananda, Vedanta philosophy, Miyomoto Musashi (the Japanese swordsmen), Lao Tzu (Chinese mystic, scholar & philosopher), Sun Tzu (Chinese general, philosopher & strategist), the monks of Shaolin and the writings of Venerable Master Hsing Yun founder of Fo Guang Shan. The Buddha’s life and wisdom have had an exceptionally profound impact on him. Sensei has been a life long martial arts practitioner and instructor. At age 11, he was introduced to meditation through martial arts training. He became a black belt in karate at age 19 and is one of several high ranking black belts in his family. Meditation, and martial arts, have remained essential components of Sensei’s daily life. Nutritionally, he follows a plant-based diet. (i.e. vegan no eating any dairy products, soy, fish or meat) His reasons for doing so are primarily spiritual, for the health benefits, the environment and its mind mastery value.
“As a teenager I wanted what many young men wanted and strove to obtain. A good education, 6-figure income, nice car, perhaps get married and a posh place to live. What I later called the “Triple M Life.” (marriage, mortgage, Mercedes…not necessarily in that order) That mission was accomplished…the suffering it brought me was overwhelming. But, more than all of these things I wanted to achieve a life free of suffering. After an arduous journey and commitment to mastering mind…it finally happened. It was a process. I lost my sense of a “self” and along with it my suffering. I’m on a mission to share mind mastery with others to end human conflicts and personal suffering.” -Sensei.
“Sensei helped me navigate through the inner maze of fear, doubt and confusion. At a pace that served me at the moment, guided by Sensei, I was able to work through a lot of blocks created over the years and arrive at the point of clarity that helped me make the most important decision of my life. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Sensei and all of the unique techniques and insights he has to offer.”Inna T.