I am a career musician/guitarist, sound mixer and audio/technology consultant, and have been since since 1980. I am also a single dad with an amazing and wonderful 18 year old son, and a scuba diver, zen student, teacher, writer, Buddhist facilitator in training, and amateur photographer. I have spent most of my life exploring the connection between art and spiritual practice, service and engaged social activism. This site is about things that I notice that I just want to rant about.

I have been exploring life as a musician and an artist, a writer and thinker, a dedicated Buddhist and a teacher, a father and a curious being examining the human condition, all my life. What I have noticed is that I tend to look for, and look at and be attracted to, the precious nature of those fleeting moments we seem to take for granted. I look for the moments of unassailable truth and beauty. I look for the possibility of deeper connections without an agenda. In music or technology or audio craft or social activism. My life practice has evolved into a concentrated effort to integrate my spiritual practice into daily secular life. I do not and cannot live life as a monastic, but have a deep respect and appreciation for the teachings of the Buddha and the importance of real world application and integration. Possibly the most meaningful thing in my life is finding ways to integrate the truth of what the Buddha taught into my daily life and interactions with others.

The most powerful and transformative things in my life have been times where I surrendered to the simple truth of the moment and let myself be available to what Life was offering. In music, those magic moments where it is all just pouring through you and it is like the music is playing you rather then the reverse, or as a father knowing that the love I have with my son is the most beautiful and true thing I have ever seen or felt, or as a Buddhist interested in real service and the idea of engaged Buddhism, and the moments of quiet surrender and freedom I have experienced and what organically arises out of that. My zen teacher used to say that; “the quality of your Life is dependent on the focus of your attention.” I am deeply interested in paying attention to the aspects of the eightfold path that move me towards the most creative place and the cessation of suffering.

I am always excited by the idea of connecting art, technology and culture within the evolving social paradigm. I am passionately interested in a new spiritual advocacy that moves away from spiritual materialism and into an engaged secular practice that has an intrinsic call to re-awaken imagination, to invite discussion and open doors and realize that economics only goes so far. It is a necessary factor and function, but in so totally focusing on that aspect we lose sight of the soul of the world, animus mundi, and then we seem to lose touch with that which resonates so profoundly in all of us. Missing or avoiding depth, in pursuit of the almighty dollar, I believe, reduces that mystery and magic of the lives we are living,  to the mundane. I think that it is within our grasp to create situations and opportunities that transform and re-write the cultural status quo. To re-imagine the global culture as a communal work of Art. We are a fluid and ever changing global culture and we can change literally everything at any moment, simply by choosing to do so. I believe that they key to change is a call to re-awaken imagination and seek out depth and soul in all aspects of life. I think that the great Zen teacher Suzuki Roshi said things very clearly in his book Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, when he said, “All self-centered thoughts limit our vast mind. When we have no thought of achievement, no thought of self, we are true beginners. Then we can really learn something.”

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