- California Institute of Integral StudiesCultural Anthropology, 1993 - 1996
- University of the PacificMusic Therapy, 1981 - 1984
- San Francisco State UniversityIntegrative Marketing, 2007 - 2008
- Upaya Zen Center and InstituteBuddhist Chaplaincy Program, 2010 - 2012
- Cultural Anthropologist
- Buddhist Chaplain
- Change agent
My purpose on the planet:
To open hearts and minds through my writing and presence.
How that manifests these days:
I created The Liberated Life Project to offer tools for personal and collective liberation. The LLP supports people to live lives full of awareness, creativity, connection, and joy.
Through my business, Five Directions, I help progressive nonprofit organizations to build more engaged communities.
I contribute to the conversation about socially engaged Buddhism on my blog, The Jizo Chronicles.
- Five Directions ConsultingQualitative Research, Anthropologist, Writer, Editor, 2008 - presentIncludes my blog, The Liberated Life Project
- Upaya Zen CenterChaplaincy Program Director, 2008 - 2013
- UCSF Dept of Medical AnthropologyResearch Associate, 1999 - 2002
- Center for Contemplative Mind in SocietyResearch Director, 2002 - 2004
- Parallax PressEditor, 1996 - 1999
- Buddhist Peace FellowshipExecutive Director, 2004 - 2008
Space is about slowing down enough so that we can reflect on what we are feeling and learning, and that we can feel the deep pulse of interdependence that connects us all. Magic happens when we are in that place.
This Song Around The World featuring Musician of the Week
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To get something you may have to give up something else
you have to give up something in order to have something else.
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