Michael has been the Executive Director of the Mindfulness Meditation Center community since its inception in 2000 and later the Beyond Therapy www.beyond-therapy.com counseling community. He has been actively practicing Buddhism and meditation for more than twenty five years. Michael has joyfully instructed a continuous stream of educated and experienced practitioners of all levels and backgrounds in Thailand, India and North America.
In addition, Michael has led hundreds of meditation retreats on almost every subject matter related to Buddhism and counseling, in addition to leading meditative pilgrimages throughout Thailand, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, and India. Michael’s great love is guiding and further connecting students and friends with their studies and practice.
Michael currently directs the practicing and teaching schedule at Mindfulness Meditation Centers in California, Colorado and the Florida centers, as well as on-line classes at Mindfulness Meditation Centers Mindfulness Meditation Centers and on Vimeo.
Formerly, Michael served as the Director of a Drug and Alcohol Rehab, business manager of a Colorado hospice and also as the Coordinator for the Boulder Homeless Shelter food voucher program, and MMC’s prison outreach program in several rural counties of Colorado.
Michael was ordained as a monk in the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah, studied and practiced in the Burmese Mahasi tradition and Jhana tradition with the Ven. Pa Auk. Later Michael was ordained in the Tibetan tradition by H.E. Gylatsab Rinpoche at Rumtek monastery in Sikkim and entered into long retreat there in Tibet, and Thailand. Michael’s primary teacher’s have been Bokar Rinpoche for Mahamudra, H.H. Penor Rinpoche in Dzogchen, and HH The XVII Karmpapa, and of course H.H. The XIV Dalai Lama.
Michael is well known for his direct and powerful teaching style stressing insight, mindfulness and focused attention (jhana) meditation practices. Michael gives special emphasis to the Four Immeasurable Practices of Equanimity, Loving-Kindness, Compassion and Joy and their practical, pragmatic application in daily life are also emphasized. His teaching style de-centralizes the role of a teacher, institutional spirituality, as well as the usage of rites and rituals.
Michael encourages every being to empower themselves by finding the pure and unlimited potential of this very moment.