This is a repost of a short interview I did for the Native Society. Enjoy!
Scott Tusa is a Buddhist teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. He teaches meditation and Buddhist psychology nationally and supports Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Pundarika Sangha as a practice advisor. He trained in Buddhist philosophy and meditation with some of the greatest living masters since his early twenties, including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Tulku Sangag Rinpoche. Ordained by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, he spent nine years as a Buddhist monk, with much of that time engaged in solitary meditation retreat and study in the United States, India, and Nepal.
What do I do best?
I teach meditation and Buddhist philosophy.
What makes me the best version of myself?
Consistency. Showing up everyday in my spiritual practice and work, and letting go of expectations.
What are my aspirations?
My personal aspirations are to serve others in their spiritual awakening. To help others to clearly distinguish, for themselves, what binds them to suffering, and what will liberate them from it. Implied within that is my commitment to deepening that process of awakening within myself as well.
My Biggest Success?
Living as a Buddhist monk for nine years. I feel that everyday I was able to wake up and continue as a Buddhist monk was a mini accomplishment. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to live that lifestyle for the time I had.
My Most Challenging Moment?
Deciding to return my monastic vows was one of the most difficult decisions I have had to face. I treasured being a Buddhist monastic, as the lifestyle was extremely supportive for my meditation and Buddhist path. After nine years, having to face the fact that a life as a Buddhist monk was no longer feasible for me was an incredibly sobering and difficult reality to face.
I try not to take things too personally. Life is dynamic and at times very challenging for all of us. I try to put myself in the shoes of others and to remember that the world does not revolve around me.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
My role models are my main Buddhist teachers, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. They live their lives in integrity, wisdom, and the service of others.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
I love visiting pilgrimage places of the worlds religions. Especially the lesser known ones where the earth’s elemental energies meet the prayers and aspirations of the faithful.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
I’m a music tech geek, and I love to check out the latest in digital audio software and tools for creating and mixing modern music.
My Current Passions?
I truly love practicing and sharing the wisdom of the Buddhist path. Whether in group or one-to-one settings, I enjoy seeing those moments of awakening and inner freedom that spark within the people I work with. I enjoy mining for and exploring the intersections of where ancient Buddhist wisdom can benefit our modern lives.
You can find the original post here: http://thenativesociety.com/nativeadmission/2018/1/21/scott-tusa-buddhist-teacher.html