Welcome Dear Visitor!
There is a lot of noise in the world today. This noise has resulted in a great deal of existential nihilism, physical and spiritual malnutrition as well as 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, a fulfilling spiritual life, martial arts and plant-based eating. His mother instilled a deep thirst for reading in him at an early age. His favorite areas of reading include philosophy, religion, ancient metaphysics, phenomenology, theoretical scientific thought, spirituality and Consciousness. Sensei was raised in the Southern Baptist Christian tradition. Yes, that meant church several times a week and twice on Sundays all the way through high school. His spiritual odyssey traversed several traditions and paths including Sufi mysticism, both Gnosticism and agnosticism as well indigenous healing practices. Ultimately, Sensei found his spiritual home in Chan Buddhism (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) He’s been influenced by several western philosophical traditions including: the ancient Greeks (esp. Plato), Stoics (Seneca the Elder and Epictetus), Existentialism (esp. Kierkegaard & Nietzche), Metaphysics (Aristotelian & Medieval era) and Phenomenology (Husserl, Sartre, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty). St. Ignatius, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine were also of deep interest. When it comes to fiction there’s only one author on his shelf… the amazing Fyodor Dostoyevsky! Sensei is a published author (see Amazon) and is presently working on the release of the next book in his 4 volume Love Letters series as well as his first book of poetry.
Though the west had captured his mind early on in his life, Sensei’s heart and spirit always felt most at home with eastern traditions. Some of the eastern influences on Sensei include the writings of Yogananda (Yogi mystic), Vedanta philosophy, Miyomoto Musashi (the Japanese swordsmen) Laozi also known as 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 by far made the deepest impressions on Sensei. Sensei has been a life long martial arts practitioner and instructor. At age 11, he was introduced to meditation through his 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 his daily life practices. Nutritionally, he follows a plant-based diet. (i.e. vegan no eating dairy products, soy or meat) Sensei maintains a personal pH between 7.7 – 8.0 by following an alkaline protocol he’s created. His reasons for doing so are primarily spiritual and secondly for the health benefits.
The result of decades of spiritual training, personal sacrifice, deep exploration, steady practice & wisdom immersion combined with unrelenting discipline and an astounding amount of suffering have culminated in a single goal for Sensei…relieving the suffering of others.
“As a teenager I wanted what many young men wanted and strove to obtain. A good education, 6-figure salary, 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, as a young man, more than all of these things I wanted to achieve a life free of suffering. After an arduous journey and commitment to experiencing Truth firsthand…it finally happened. It was a process. I lost my self and along with it the sense of suffering. I am grateful beyond explanation.” -Sensei
Peace & Blessings,