Carl has practiced meditation for much of his adult life and Buddhism for the past thirty years. His formal practice began in San Francisco under Zen Master Zenshin Philip Whalen Roshi, and fifteen years ago he became a student of Master Ji Ru, abbot of the Mid-America Buddhist Association (MABA), from whom he formally received lay teaching endorsement.
Carl’s students range in age from teens to octogenarians. Some come seeking wellness or spiritual peace, others are seeking relief from anxiety, stress, depression, or to improve their mental health.
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. I believe every student is capable of developing a mindfulness and meditation practice, whatever their age and the conditions of their life, with the right instruction. My sectarian orientation is naturalistic Mahayana.
I believe Buddhism, mindfulness, and meditation are the path to a peaceful life. Come join me in this study and practice.
Pronouns: he, him, his
Carl’s teacher is Malaysian-born Master Ji Ru, the two are pictured to the left.
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 at 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. For information about MABA’s programs, check out its website https://maba-usa.org
In the beginner's mind there
are many possibilities,
but in the expert's
there are few.