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My age is 42 and I was born in
About 4 years ago I began to meditate and took an interest in Buddhism. I have been practicing in the Tibetan tradition, and feel particularly drawn towards the Dzogchen teachings. Besides that I also read with great interest about other non dual spiritual tradition, such as Zen or Advaita Vedanta.
My university training is in Mathematics. During my mathematical research on the foundation of mathematics, I realized that the closer you get to the deep questions of mathematics the closer you are to philosophical inquiries.
Although my domain is rarely seen as compatible with contemplative studies, I find that they require the development of the same qualities such as rigor, logic, concentration, intuition and open-mindedness. I intend to continue in parallel both paths and would like to see them merge.
I was born in
receiving my undergraduate degree in
Economics from UCLA, I worked for 6 years in commercial real estate,
various office buildings in downtown
It was on
this trip that I became interested
in spiritual matters and took special interest in Buddhism. I studied
months with various rinpoches in
returning to the
Born in rural
My path then
took me to medical
school, where during the first month I took a meditation class and have
sitting ever since. I am currently a 3rd year medical
Penn interested in how the scientific tradition overlaps with
yoga in their understanding of reality. Of particular interest to me is
this understanding can improve the doctor-patient relationship and aid
healing of patients. When I am not in the hospital or
on the cushion, I can be found tending my garden, cooking a tasty meal,
currently teaching Psychology and
Humanities at a Liberal Arts College near
Born a small town midwesterner, I'll soon turn 65. My undergrad degree was from the Design Department at Southern Illinois University (1965). This was a radical program in its day, emphasizing a generalist approach to problem solving. Our star professor was Buckminster Fuller, so you could say that early on I was indoctrinated in the Fulleresque way of looking at the world.
My doctorate was from
My next 20 years were spent in a smallish west coast state university. Within a few years I was teaching courses primarily in sensation/perception/states-of-consciousness, as well as statistics (ANOVA) & research design. My favorite course was the History of Psychology which allowed me to range freely over the story of consciousness. My research interest was the experiential exploration of self-hypnosis, delving into what we called "mutual trance states."
retiring in 1990 I've
had a low-key lifestyle pursuing a wide variety of interests, including