I have had a dedicated spiritual practice for more than thirty years with the emphasis being in Buddhism. I have sat many retreats and several of more than one month, and one of two months led by the highly respected Burmese meditation master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw. I have studied the Buddhist teachings intently, as well as the teachings of the Diamond Heart work. I completed the Dedicated Practitioners Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and was the President of the Board of this organization. I have participated in and led Buddhist study groups, have given a number of Dharma talks and six years ago started teaching meditation and spiritual practices in one-on-one sessions of two hours. By word of mouth this activity grew rapidly to the point that it totaled more than one thousand hours for 2009 and 2010 combined. I am a volunteer with Hospice By The Bay. I am a certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Teacher .