You have to realize, nothing I did prior to 1995 makes any difference to me. That is the year of my awakening under my Guru, Robert Adams (1928-1997). Nothing I am now has anything to do with my education, previous writings or worldy attainments. They are irrelevant. What I am now is the present.
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World Teacher of Chogye Buddhism Ph.D. in Psychology Masters in Public Management BA in Philosophy
Were I to characterize myself, I would state I am an animal activist and spiritual teacher living in the San Fernando Valley, interested in all animal issues related to the Los Angeles area, but especially those related to cats, the performance and policies of the area animal shelters, and the local laws and policies regarding animals. I am especially interested in feral cat laws and how shelters are dealing with stray and feral cats, as well as rectifying the lack of knowledge of urban cat population dynamics.
Until recently (now retired), I edited psychological evaluation reports and rebuttals and conducted research into psychological forensics.
BACKGROUND: I received a BA in philosophy from Case Western Reserve University and also completed coursework for a Masters in Public Management there as well. I moved to Detroit where I spent two years as a Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Economics at Wayne State University. Finding academics totally pointless, I dropped out of academia, eventually traveling to Mt. Baldy Zen Center to Study Zen. In 1972 I became a Buddhist monk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center in Los Angeles under Dr. Thich Thien-An. There I studied under several Zen Masters including the famous Korean master, Seung Sahn Soen Sa. I taught psychology and Zen at the College of Oriental Studies, and at four of the University of California Extensions (UCLA, UCSD, UC Irvine and UCSB) from 1975 until 1983. While studying and teaching Zen, I also worked as a mid level administrator at UCLA from 1975 to 1983, as the administrator for UCLA's Clinical Neutron Therapy Program.
I returned to school in 1985 at Sierra University, a state authorized and approved graduate school in psychology, and earned a doctorate in 1987. After graduation I became a registered psychological assistant in the state of California. I have worked in this field ever since, performing psychological evaluations, writing evaluation reports, and finally, editing reports and doing forensic research. Information regarding my Masters Thesis and Ph.D. Dissertation can be found HERE.
In 1997 I went to Korea to visit Seung Sahn Soen Sa and other masters as the guest of a Chogye Zen abbot in Los Angeles. I was ordained as the first American World Teacher of Chogye Buddhism, which authorized me to establish a separate American branch of Chogye Zen.
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