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  • Fluent in English
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Settled down for now. Love living charlotte. Spending lot...
  • Grad of UofMiami in '08. Now fully involved in the school...
  • From Stamford, CT & Orlando, FL
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About Me


To LIVE life in wonder through experiencing life as it truly is


I have a have a batchelors degree in Finance, but right now my interests are far from capitalistic. Rather, I feel I've begun a spiritual quest to really get to know myself deeply.

I guess it started when I decided that learning how to actually meditate and thus stumbled upon a group of Buddhist meditators. I got my toes wet and wandered among some of the different buddhist communities nearbye until I found my home in Zen. Since I dove deeper and deeper into the vast ocean of Zen I've become more and more fascinated with myself and the world at large.

My quest has now led me to move to Santa Fe and work with my Zen Teacher's teacher (Joan Sutherland Roshi). (I wrote the above about 3 years ago now. )

1/20/14: have been living in charlotte, enjoying spending time with my 2 sisters, bro-in-law and 4 nices. Also enjoy engaging in the Yoga and zen community in Charlotte. Im a volunteer on weekends at the Be Yoga studio in diilworth area. Love just chilling and talking/drinking with friends and watching movies and tv shows occasionally. Just really enjoying every day here.


"To study the Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by everything." - Eihei Dogen

I think this quote sums it up nicely!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I'm eager to start surfing now that I'm free from my current job and on the prowl for a different one.


Skiing, Snowboarding, Golf, reading, meditating, Zen Meditation, Big Mind (mix of western Psychology/voice dialogue + Eastern Zen)

  • dining
  • mexican food
  • yoga
  • meditation
  • drinking
  • movies
  • reading
  • tv
  • surfing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • golf
  • teaching
  • law
  • psychology
  • volunteering

Music, Movies, and Books

Movie: A Wonderful Life, Zen (foreign flick about Master Dogen), The Lion in Winter

Four Hour Work Week & Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss,
Living, Loving & Learning by Leo Buscaglia
Zorba The Greek
Zen Mind, Beginner's mind
The Alchemist

I'll listen to anything

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Looking back on it now it seems quite ordinary, but they certainly were amazing when they happened!

*Skiing Vale: it's like no place else

*Having my first "kensho" experience was truly inexplicable

*My first Zen retreat (5 days of meditating 8+hrs/day, no talking, eating in the Japanese Ōryōki style 3x/day)

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach someone how to meditate. I'd love to learn more about Native American spirituality. I'd love to enjoy some tasty mexican food.

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