Saturday, November 18, 2006

Sean's "Mindful Living Guide" profile

Sean herein elaborates on his background to a greater degree than the Blogger profile allows for. A new photo is needed, as he now has short locks! This picture was taken in early 2007, atop the South Downs (above Alfriston in East Sussex).

Oct 2010 Update:  He no longer has short locks and so this picture is as good as any other ...

I am a UK-based American who guides myself and others in mindful living, meditation and writing. In addition to being the founder and editor of Mindful Living Guide, I am also a writer.

I hold two Master of Arts degrees, in Eastern (India, China, Japan) and Western philosophy and classics. These degrees are from the Graduate Institute in Liberal Education at St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA) and Annapolis, Maryland. I studied Sanskrit and Ancient Greek as part of these two programs, and translated sizable swaths of the Bhagavad Gita and Homer's Iliad.

Although I can recognize now that I have meditated in various ways throughout my life, my formal dharma-oriented practice began in 2000, after reading Pema Chödrön's Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living. Less than a year later, I completed my first ten-day Vipassana meditation course.

My practice, and thus my teaching, is informed by many traditions, philosophies and schools of thought—from Buddhism to Taoism to Hinduism to A.N. Whitehead to David Hume to Wittgenstein to Nagarjuna to Rumi.

I am also a yoga practitioner. I practice Pranava and Vajrasati styles, studying under two mindful teachers, Grace Annand and Jim Tarran.

Prior to entering graduate school in 2002, I was an entrepreneur and principal management consultant. Before that, I worked as a senior financial and marketing analyst for a Fortune 100 company. I earned a BBA in Finance from the University of North Texas in 1989.

1 comment:

  1. Stumbled upon your site because of word "Subud." I've been to the Lewes center while visiting with my Subud friends who were living with Steven Hill at the time.

    I graduated from St.John's, Annapolis so enjoyed the combination of mentions of Subud and St.John's, but I'm not assuming you belong to Subud since you might just be renting space there.

    Anyway, your site is interesting. I love fact St.John's added an Eastern Great Books option.