Gary has been actively practicing Buddhism for over 25 years spending at least 30 days in mindfulness retreat each year. His principal teacher is Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh of the Chan and Yogachara schools. He has studied Tibetan Shamata and Dzochen practices with Sogyal Rinpoche, Lama Sura Dass, B Alan Wallace, and H.H. the Dala Lama. For the last 10 years, he has focused his study on Western Vipassana practice and Sutta study.
Completion of the 2-year Dedicated Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock Retreat Center
Completion of the 2-year Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock Retreat Center
Gary has completed many month-long and two-month long silent retreats.
Currently, Gary is one of 6 guiding teachers at the Open Door Sangha in Santa Barbara, CA where he regularly gives Dharma Talks, leads 6-week courses in Mindfulness and co-leads days of mindfulness and short residential retreats.