What students are saying…

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“As a mindfulness meditation instructor in training, with a secular studio, I felt I needed to study Buddhism formally with someone experienced, and Scott was my go-to. Under Scott's mentorship, I've learned how to move my meditation practice into my body, gleaned powerful insights about how to use feeling with awareness to heal emotional wounds, and have the ongoing benefit of his support as an authentic Kalyana Mitta (Spiritual Guide). ”

Renee S. Tamraz, Esq.

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"As a psychotherapist, I am committed to integrating Buddhist philosophy and psychology into my practice. Scott is able to clearly and succinctly explain complex and layered Buddhist teachings. He is also able to bridge it’s practices and bring a present-day relevance to them. He encourages connection and I am surprised at how we have been able to develop a very deep level of honest communication in such a short time. Scott offers a curriculum which offers a rich, immersive experience.”

Jaye Moyer, LCSW, TEP, integraltherapy.net

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“Two distinguishing features of Scott’s teaching are excellent flow and scrupulously correct and clear dharma. My group teaching is stronger in these qualities, thanks to his mentorship. He also has a gift for improvising in very attuned ways as he responds to students’ questions. I love that.”

Susanna Nicholson, meditation teacher, Nalanda Institute

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“I’ve been an ardent student of the Buddha’s teachings for over twenty years. Largely self-taught, my learning curve had flatlined and I found myself craving (the good kind) a more rigorous study path. Scott has provided exactly what I was looking for, which was a structured program whose methods and concepts could be flexibly explored in session. Piece by piece and in a short amount of time, I am able to apply these principles into daily life. My practice feels more meaningful and robust than ever. What I appreciate about Scott is his direct teaching style, his genuine devotion to the dharma, his personal stories and relatability, and especially his gentle and caring nature. My practice and study are enriched as a result of my time studying with Scott.”

Fawn Cheng, End of Life Advocate

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“Before working with Scott, I had a daily practice and was attending various meditation centers and trainings, but uncertainty and confusion about some of the teachings, in tandem with a period of unexpected personal loss, drove me to seek out guidance to explore and deepen my practice. Scott stands out to me as a teacher because the depth of his experience and knowledge is immediately apparent. He neither dilutes or obscures the teachings. He meets me exactly where I am, making it possible to ask questions and struggle with concepts without worrying about my inexperience. For the past few months I have maintained a strong daily practice and I'm certain that would not be the case if I was not working with Scott. At the moment, it seems surprisingly easier to infuse my work with a sense of connection and compassion for all people (rather than fighting for some people by fighting against others).”

Aine Duggan, President and CEO at the Partnership for the Homeless

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"The biggest problem that I have had is doubt. Am I doing it right? Is this what is supposed to be happening? All of this doubt has really hindered my practice and at times I have almost quit. I have found Scott to be very patient, compassionate and understanding. He is able to reassure me based on both knowledge and experience that he has been most willing to share with me. Scott is very down to earth and practical for a person with such knowledge. I appreciate his work with me. It has really helped!"

― Steve Moore, LCSW, PIP

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“I can say unequivocally that meeting Scott has changed my life in ways that I did not imagine possible.  As a young professional, I met him toward the beginning of my personal growth journey.  Prior to his mentorship, I felt aimless in my meditation practice — I was sitting, trying to achieve peace, but had little understanding of what I was "aiming at."  Scott completely grasped my situation and offered a path toward discovering answers.  What he offers is a depth of experiential knowledge in meditation and Tibetan Buddhism, keen observational abilities, and proactive empathy and wisdom.  Scott has enabled me to be grounded, to develop a sustaining mindset toward growth, and to truly inhabit myself and my life.”

― Serena Bai

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“I began a solo meditation practice using podcasts and videos of prominent teachers guiding their students. I'd never even thought of working with a meditation teacher one-to-one, but after attending a few of Scott's classes, I decided to give it a try. Mentoring with Scott has definitely increased my personal motivation and consistency, and, with Scott's guidance, my practice has expanded and deepened in ways I wasn't even expecting. Scott listens, inquires, offers tips, personal experience, and helpful redirection. His down-to-earth style, transparency, humor, and kindness have created a safe environment for me to allow myself to just be where I'm at with a sense of curiosity, rather than self-criticism.”

― Elisa Lehrman

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“ Scott's instructions on feeling into the body ('handshaking meditation') have been hugely beneficial, opening up space for the emotional wounds and anxieties that previously made meditation seem inaccessible to me. The practice has made a radical difference in how I approach depression, insecurity, confusion, anger, and habitual behaviors. Thanks to his guidance, I now have a daily meditation practice and a rudimentary grasp on Buddhist philosophy. Scott, is very knowledgable, compassionate and relatable, and presents the teachings in a way that feels spacious, modern, spontaneous and non-dogmatic, while still adhering to traditional lineages that are wonderful to connect with. I am grateful for his dedication to the path.”

― Devon Church

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“I was feeling a bit stuck and in a rut with my meditation practice, and also wanted to learn more about Tibetan buddhist meditation and philosophy. Since I’ve been working with Scott I feel like I’ve re-centered myself in my practice and with his help started on a new, exciting path. It’s extremely helpful to have someone I can check in with regularly and feel like I can ask any question.”

― Saunder Jurrians

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“Before I started working with Scott, my practice had become erratic and stale.   I was discouraged.   Scott ensured me that what I was experiencing was not unusual. I had attended many tutorials with Scott and found him insightful and his approach very accessible.  Scott combines humour, humbleness and a keen intellect.  He is extremely knowledgeable.  He inspires me to be receptive in trying new approaches and is supportive when I stumble.  He encourages open discussions where no question or comment is unacceptable.  I am now practicing regularly and have added new components to my practice. I feel engaged and enjoy my practice.  Thanks Scott!”

Betty Robertson

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“I was drawn to Scott because of my wish to incorporate traditional teachings from Tibetan Buddhism into a “modern” life. I have witnessed Scott modeling this possibility and teaching others along the way. I became acquainted with Scott at my first retreat with Tsoknyi Rinpoche, as he was giving teaching recaps at the retreat. When I found out he had stepped into a mentoring/teaching role I was drawn to the opportunity to work with him. My time with Scott has been an enriching experience, I feel fortunate to have found him. He has been clear about expectations, communication and the structure of our mentor/mentee relationship. His support has been consistent and encouraging, I have never felt pressured in anyway. His laid back demeanor combined with his extensive knowledge of the Dharma has kindly nurtured my development.”

― Marsha Fuller, LMT

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“I started working with Scott shortly after I was laid off from a job that I absolutely loved.  Having a regular meditation practice and a dedication to working the Buddhist precepts was a big help during this difficult transition. Scott helped guide me by sharing a meditation that not only helped me recognize the physical feelings within me, but that also opened up the flood gates for deeper investigation of the emotional space I was in. Scott is an excellent listener and lets the session unfold in an authentic way that lends itself to open conversation.  His ability to apply a Buddhist framework to my day to day challenges (work, parenting, cultivating positive friendships) has made such a difference in how I view things now.  I feel that since I started working with him I am more confident and able to navigate some of the more complex things that life has thrown at me as of late.  I cannot recommend him enough and hope that anyone who is willing to do the work will look to Scott as a guide!”

― Sarah Arslanian

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“One of the best decisions I ever made was to begin mentoring sessions with Scott. Because of this my daily meditation practice is flourishing – and nourishing every aspect of my life. Scott has vast and deep knowledge of teachings on meditation, but more than that, he has heart. In my experience, this makes working with Scott transformative. He has been a friend to me when I have run into challenging circumstances and he listens with full presence and openness. He is deeply committed to the path of awakening and he embodies bodhicitta in every session we have. Thank you, Scott, and I look forward to our continued adventures of awareness in ongoing mentoring sessions.”

Colleen Loehr

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“I started working with Scott after an inspiring retreat with Tsoknyi Rinpoche. I wanted a place to venture further into questions about my practice. I don’t have a personal relationship with Rinpoche, so I don’t have a place to ask about things as they come up.  Scott helped me restructure my sitting practice, which has been a great benefit.  Scott listens very carefully.  He exudes his kindness and caring, which allows me to trust him completely.  I have no embarrassment, no matter how mundane or ridiculous my questions might seem.  I have been more inspired and more committed in my practice from working with Scott.  I have waited for a relationship like this for a long time.  I’m filled with gratitude.”

― Vicki Pollard, L.Ac.