Xianyang Carl Jerome currently teaches meditation and the dharma in Highland Park, IL at the North Shore Meditation & Dharma Center, as well as at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, and in Northbrook the Cancer Wellness Center. He also teaches at Northwestern’s Wellness Center in Libertyville, Common Ground in Deerfield, and at St John United Church of Christ in Kankakee. He leads classes and retreats in a local county jail and at a maximum-security prison in Missouri.
Carl has practiced meditation for much of his adult life and Buddhism formally for the past twenty years. His practice began in San Francisco under beat poet and Zen Master Zenshin Philip Whalen Roshi at the Hartford Street Zen Center. Ten years ago he moved to Saint Louis and became a student of Master Ji Ru, abbot of the Mid-America Buddhist Association (MABA), from whom he received lay teaching endorsement in 2006.
He is the founder and resident teacher of the North Shore Meditation & Dharma Center in Highland Park, IL. Before becoming a lay renunciate at MABA and dedicating his life to the dharma, Carl was a writer and teacher.
Carl’s Teaching Statement
I assume that it is my responsibility as a teacher to shine a light on the Path in ways that allow students to see clearly how to reduce their everyday stress and anxiety (dukkha). I believe every student is capable of seeing clearly. My sectarian orientation is Chinese Mahayana. Buddhism is the study of what arises in the mind. Come join me in this study.
Mayalsian-born Master Ji Ru received higher ordination as a Bhikkhu in both the Theravada and Chan traditions, and is an internationally renowned monk and dharma author. He currently resides atf the Mid-America Buddhist Association (MABA) in Augusta, Missouri, where he is the abbot.
MABA, the Center’s parent monastery, is a Chinese Mahayana monastery located on 60 secluded acres in the rolling hills west of St Louis. MABA (the Mid America Buddhist Association) is available for weekend and longer retreats.
In the beginner's mind there are
but in the expert's
there are few.