I was born September 18th 1970. I grew up in Houston Texas until I was 16. Then my family told me that I was actually born in Annapolis Maryland. At 16.
I was raised Baptist by a former practicing Catholic. Much to my mother’s chagrin this did not work. My father came from a Jewish background and did not practice anything in particular. This did not shape me but failed to shape me.
I was interested in mythology at a very young age and was studying comparative religion and philosophy by 16.
I was studying Anthropology very deeply when the Internet first came into being. I was studying the discipline so deeply that a college professor at Maryland University College Park after a long correspondence on Anthropological topics invited me to speak at his University.
Needless to say at 16 I was not ready. I did not inform him I was 16. I simply cut off all contact. In retrospect I realized this was a serious mistake. But I had other issues of a very spiritual nature that needed to be addressed.
And so I took on the study of Shamanism. Through the experiences I had I was a changed man and realized that religion and not spirituality was the problem. Once I accomplished what needed to be done I moved away from searching for a Shaman teacher and began an interest in Zen.
I am currently a student of Namkhai Norbu and I have received transmission from my teacher. I am also currently working on a book I intend to publish by 2014. I will add details as they become available.
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