I was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in the town of San Carlos from 1958-1990s. I witnessed Silicon Valley and Apple Computing spring up from our beloved orchards, but mostly, I recall it as a time there of acute exploration of spirituality outside of mainstream Christianity, and I was fascinated by it. I started my search for my spiritual path when in my 20s, trying many of the offerings in the Bay Area myself. EST was the rage and I tried it. I went to see Ram Dass teaching in Marin County, Ken Kesey was driving the Further bus in the nearby Redwoods. The SF Zen Center was starting and I saw Spirit Rock grow as I attended teachings from Jack Kornfield on Monday nights, as well as other teachers who came there.
Much later I came across His Holiness the Dalai Lama via the media and I knew that he had the path I was looking for. I attended the Heart Sutra teaching His Holiness gave in Silicon Valley before I had ever taken refuge. I then tried many Dharma centers and took a Vajrasattva empowerment with Thrangu Rinpoche and had zero idea of what I was doing or why. Eventually I was attending one center in Portland, OR (KCC) that had invited Dr. B. Alan Wallace to speak. I listened to his descriptions of shamatha and its value of unwavering attention, of the potential intersection of contemplative discoveries and science, and intuitively knew that he was the one to follow even before I knew he was a direct disciple of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
I began to attend his one week retreats primarily in the Santa Cruz area, in Santa Barbara, and Lone Pine, CA. Later, I would be chosen to participate in the Shamatha Project. Now I am going back into retreat, hopefully to participate with scientists again, continue my path, continue the Shamatha Project so to speak, with hopes that my previous EEG and other measurements would be helpful to the scientific studies to be done at CCR, and to continue to follow Dr. Wallace’s teachings of the Dudjom Lingpa lineage. It is my sincere hope that I achieve shamatha … and beyond. It is my sincere prayer is that this entire undertaking at Miyo Samten Ling will bring a bounty of benefit for a struggling world.