I currently work as a 'Visiting Scholar' at the University of California, Berkeley, teaching an undergraduate course on meditation, neuroscience, and social responsibility. Under the auspices of a public-service fellowship, I direct an ongoing research project at Berkeley: exploring the effects of meditative training in higher education, mystical-type experiences, and persisting benefits for students.
During the global pandemic, I have been guiding both university students and younger students through the creation of local “teaching gardens.” These living classrooms provide educational spaces, opportunities to nurture the spirit of ecological stewardship, and healthy vegetables for local food pantries. I founded a nonprofit organization—Kila Collective—to expand on these educational and research activities, construct additional teaching gardens, organize community events, and make such offerings accessible to a broader range of people.
In another domain, I work as the Chief Editor for MyBhutan, a benefit-oriented enterprise that supports the Tarayana Foundation in protecting vulnerable communities in Bhutan. In that position, I helped to create the largest collection of content for Bhutan’s tourism industry, in collaboration with their government and in support of a local NGO (Tarayana Foundation). I have lived and worked frequently in the Himalayas for several years and consider those mountains my second home.
I have been teaching meditation for over a decade, and have created and facilitated several courses of practice in the U.S. and abroad. My work in this regard draws from traditional training in Vajrayana Buddhism with lineage-holding teachers from Tibet, Bhutan, India, and the U.S., and from numerous solitary meditation retreats in the wilderness.
Warm wishes, and thanks for being here.