Here’s what students are saying…

“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). He's truly teaching the buddha in me how to become a Buddha.” ― Renee Simpson, Esq.

“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

“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

"I came to Scott with a desire to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism and to deepen my meditation practice. As a psychotherapist, I am committed to integrating Buddhist philosophy and psychology into my practice. I had initially heard Scott offer a re-cap at a retreat with Tsoknyi Rinpoche. 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. At the time, I was drawn to Scott’s availability and now, as a mentee, I feel free to share and ask him any question pertaining to practice and Dharma. He encourages connection and I am surprised at how we have been able to develop a very deep level of honesty. Scott offers a curriculum which offers a rich, immersive experience.” ― Jaye Moyer, LCSW, TEP,

“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. I had taken a few of Scott’s classes and really liked his style and approach so I asked him about mentoring. I immediately felt understood as he listened and drew on his own experience to explain how working with a teacher could help. 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. He makes the teachings accessible, the guidance he provides during sits helps me to step beyond the analytical whirring of my mind and I learn something in every conversation. 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. It is both challenging and reassuring that it is the practice, in particular the handshake practice that Scott has guided me to develop, that has most deepened my connection to meditation, rather than the academia of mindfulness. In addition, I am beginning to feel the impact of the practice in my work. During the last couple of years, it seemed like mindfulness and my advocacy work might be at odds, in that mindfulness was eroding my want to fight with others. 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

“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

“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

“One of the best decisions I ever made was to begin mentoring sessions with Scott Tusa. Now, after eight months of mentoring, 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. Scott cares about the Dharma and he cares about the people he works with. In my experience, this caring is the secret ingredient that makes working with Scott transformative. Scott has taught me Vase Breathing, which has helped to reshuffle the excess energy trapped in the head down into my core. Scott has taught me Handshake Practice, which is a skillful art of meeting painful feelings. Scott has taught me analytical or contemplative meditation, which is a way of reflecting on certain truths to free consciousness from the prison of delusion. Scott has been a friend to me when I have run into challenging circumstances and he listens with full presence and openness. Scott is an assistant to Tsoknyi Rinpoche, the greatest meditation master I have ever met, and having one-to-one mentoring sessions with a close student to Tsoknyi Rinpoche is a great blessing in my life. Scott has led guided meditations during our mentoring sessions which have been very powerful for me and I treasure the recordings of our sessions. Scott 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

“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.  However I knew that my meditation practice needed to deepen and I needed to turn towards the pain that I was experiencing more fully.  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

“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

“The main problems that I deal with are how to integrate my spiritual practice into daily life, and how to prioritize the various meditation practices I work with. Scott patiently listens to my concerns and guides me. Because of his deep understanding of Tibetan Buddhism and life experiences, he can relate to what I am facing and helps me to apply the teachings in a practical way. His teaching style is easy for western students to relate to, and given his lineage and devotion, I have complete trust in him. His humbleness and his compassion touch me deeply. I have definitely felt more presence, well being, and a stronger sense of direction since working with Scott.” ― Yuan Zhou

“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

"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

“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, personally, but the idea piqued my curiosity, and after attending a few of Scott's classes, I decided to see for myself how having individual instruction would change my meditation experience. It 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. The focus on sitting with my feeling-states with compassion and openness has helped me grow my own awareness of how I have been habitually relating to myself and moving through the world. 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, which is, ultimately, shifting the way in which I relate to others and helping me create a more balanced world-view.” ― Elisa Lehrman