Hi, I’m Wystan. I’m a Unified Mindfulness L2 Coach, and am currently in training with U.M. to become a fully certified teacher of the system. Ever since I picked up a copy of Shinzen Young’s book, The Science of Enlightenment, I’ve been continually impressed by the conceptual clarity and practical utility of his style of teaching, and I’m thrilled to carry it forward.
Prior to training with U.M. I was for a while (1.5 years) intent on becoming a Buddhist monk of some variety, and trained in monasteries in Thich Nhat Hanh’s and Ajahn Chah’s lineages as a lay-person and briefly as an anagarika (someone halfway between lay and monastic) dedicated full-time to Buddhist practice. Following that, I’ve spent the last 2.5 years integrating a secular life within continuous and committed practice.
While I personally trained initially within religious contexts, I teach from Shinzen and U.M.’s secular framework. These days my main resources for my own practice, and consequently what I’m most familiar with, are Shinzen Young/Unified Mindfulness, Rob Burbea’s body of work, The Mind Illuminated, and broadly what’s been called Pragmatic Dharma. If you want to talk Buddhist esoterica too, however, we can! It’s my intent to fully realize, research, and make available the benefits of dedicated contemplative practice. I’m enthusiastic to advise individuals about practice on a donations basis.