“We have no need to seek freedom,
we must only awaken to our free being.”
—Zenji Seikan Hasegawa
What Is Buddhist Life Coaching?
Buddhist Life Coaching prepares you to study Buddhism.
And to prepare for such a study you’ll reflect on your values, spiritual motivations, core beliefs, identity, and purpose.
So, this focus deepens your sensitivity, purifies your spirit, and heals your mind.
In short, Buddhist Life Coaching prepares you to live freely.
As Zen Master Seikan Zenji has said:
“We should free ourselves even from good philosophy if it binds us. Of course, if it is an ugly, bad thing, we should be free from it. Fortunately, we are originally free.”
—Zenji Seikan Hasegawa
Who Can Benefit from Buddhist Life Coaching?
Sincere spiritual souls want to live for the principles they cherish. So, they seek help, guidance, and accountability to perfect themselves in this endeavor.
Therefore, our clients are dedicated, compassionate, and caring people who want a spiritual-religious life.
Indeed, true seekers ache to be free of confusion.
And they want to be held accountable for living a life that’s beneficial to others.
Also, they are thoughtful people who want a path to bring more goodness into their lives and the lives of others.
Perhaps you also want to live by higher standards of beauty and truth in your life. But you feel constrained by family obligations, or your job, or limiting beliefs, and negative emotions.
For instance: you have an idea of how you want to live without knowing how to bring that life about.
Or, maybe—like many people—you’re too familiar with one or more of these thoughts:
- I feel comfortable and secure—But I’m still dissatisfied.
- I’m not talented or as lucky as others—I know that good isn’t great, but it’s good enough.
- One should avoid what’s scary and new.
- It appears to me that failure is more likely than success—Therefore, my past failures imply future ones.
- People owe me—I’m waiting for them to help.
- It’s too late—It’s not worth trying to live the life I want.
Because left unchecked, dangerous frames of mind grow stronger. And while negative mindsets are never fixed, with time they tend to harden and they become difficult to shed. However, you don’t have to resign yourself to such poor spiritual aspirations.
Clients who come to us are above-average leaders with a tremendous spirit who want to take action—to make life more creative and meaningful—but they need help taking the next big step.
Finding Your Path
So, if you’re reading this, then you’re considering any number of paths. And working with a Buddhist Life Coach is one.
And it’s likely that you’re considering other approaches such as meditation, regular Life Coaching, fitness training to complete a triathlon, becoming a minister of some kind, or going back to school.
But for a creative, spiritual seeker these approaches won’t be enough:
Meditation Is Just One Tool
I teach meditation. And I provide recordings of my guided meditations to my students. But meditation without personal guidance doesn’t bring about meaningful transformation.
Life Coaching Isn’t Enough
Also, a Life Coach can’t help you study Buddhism. Life Coaching can’t tell you what Buddhism is. Or show you how to open your deep mind.
A Ph.D. Is Not The Meaning Of Life
Academic programs in Buddhist Studies and Philosophy teach concepts—not the real meaning and purpose of your life. Rather, academics compare theories, systems, history, rituals, and ideas.
In Buddhist Life Coaching, you study to gain a deeper understanding of who you are and what the world is—as well as—and especially—how to live what you understand.
Exercise Is Awesome, But It’s Not The Answer To Every Problem
Some personal trainers have become internet gurus. And while keeping fit is important, exercise and the power of positive thinking won’t solve the profound human question: “Who am I?”
Working together, we’ll learn how to approach such questions as: “Who am I?” “What is the nature of my suffering?” “What is the world?” “What is enlightenment?”
Our course of study brings you to a deeper appreciation of what it means to ask these questions. But also how you can answer such seemingly unanswerable questions in a meaningful way that you can live and put into practice.
Religious Centers That Bind You
Meditation centers don’t provide good personal instruction.
Like a franchise, they promote a particular ideology through programs that move masses of people with standardized thought and behavior.
With me, you’ll work one-on-one. And I’m a coach who has specially trained to teach you about how to approach Buddhism with respect for your unique talent, interests, passions, and position in life.
This personal process ensures that you’ll get the careful guidance that you’ll need to learn how to study the Buddha’s Way.
What Does Buddhist Life Coaching Help You Achieve?
Most people don’t believe that they can live a straightforward life.
But anyone can. Because it’s our nature to do so.
With Buddhist Life Coaching, you’ll understand what it means to have an objective vision of your life by facing hard facts with courage, faith, creativity, compassion, and composure.
Buddhist Life Coaching can help you:
- Develop a vision and strategy for living a free, creative, and prosperous life.
- Engage with self-discovery
- Know and live your true purpose.
- Reflect on your life’s deeper meaning.
- Make important life transitions.
- Use time wisely.
- Generate meaningful work.
- Maintain spiritual hygiene.
- Understand life transitions like retirement, marriage, birth, and death.
- Maintain accountability for internally motivated, value-driven projects and spiritual life goals.
- Prepare you for the true study and practice of Buddha’s Mind.
What Does the Buddhist Life Coaching Process Look Like?
The process starts with an initial free consultation in which we get to know each other. This is both an exploratory and explanatory session for us.
We’ll get an idea of each other and see if we’re a suitable match. Meanwhile, you’ll gain insight into what kinds of changes you can make in your life: to make it more suitable for spiritual and religious practice, for instance.
This interview process is fun with no hard-sell at the end. And you’re free to take what you get and run with it.
If we’re a good fit, I’ll explain how to get started with your study.
Introduction to Dhyana
When we work together, we start by studying dhyana.
In his book, The Cave of Poison Grass, Zen Master Seikan Hasegawa introduces the important Buddhist practice of dhyana (roughly translated as ‘meditation’; p. 65-74) as follows:
“We have no need to seek freedom, we must only awaken to our free being. How can we awaken to it must be our most interesting question.
“The answer comes by practicing the Six Paramitas as a Bodhisattva. But even though we try to practice those six at one time, it is very difficult to do so.
“One of the six must be chosen and practiced with concentration. If you do this, all the others will be practiced naturally, but gradually.
“Humanity means to practice one of the Six Paramitas ceaselessly. Among these Six Paramita practices, Dhyana is the easiest to practice and to live as a Bodhisattva, because you can have meditation anytime, anywhere, even if you are in the sickbed.”
Getting Started with Buddhist Life Coaching
In your study, you will learn how to live a more enlightened life.
What you do might include meditation, discussion, spiritual retreat, and reading— especially material assigned to you to cultivate your mind.
Goals for Practice
You’ll also deeply examine your goals, push into what drives you, and discover the deeper meaning behind your existence.
Together, we’ll take a realistic look at your true interests in life.
And—even if, after learning what it is, you decide that Buddhist practice isn’t for you—you’ll leave our study with more courage, confidence, and success.
Creating a Plan
We will review all of your resources, anticipate your obstacles, and take important steps toward creating a complete and realistic plan that supports your study of Buddhism.
Also, you’ll learn how to identify and overcome self-limiting beliefs; for instance: negative frames of mind, shame, insecurity, ignorance, and doubt.
Exploring your available options and possibilities for action, we’ll thoroughly examine one-by-one what obstacles you might face and how you can overcome them.
Additionally, we’ll ensure that your actions support your ultimate goal: to study Buddhist enlightenment. And I’ll be with you—sometimes encouraging and sometimes challenging—to support your progress and help you stay committed when things get tough—until you have your own insight and breakthrough.
A Structured Process
So, we start your study by working within a structured process that includes assigned readings, discussion, and exercises because you’ll need to build your approach to life with a clear vision and plan for action.
How Often Will We Meet?
The initial program involves meeting six times over the course of three months. Also, you will have to read Mind to Mind (a 1,000-page book written by Zen Master Seikan Hasegawa). And upon completion of this book, you’ll read a shorter essay on the purpose of Buddhist study—to raise bodhi mind—written by 12th Century Zen Master Dōgen with commentary by Seikan Zenji.
Becoming a Student
Also, at two important points of your study, you’ll be guided in writing two letters to Mind to Mind‘s author, Seikan Hasegawa—a Zen Master—to present your questions about Buddhism and to ask permission to be a student.
With the writing of the second of these letters your work with me, your Buddhist Life Coach and Mentor, is complete, and you will go on to study authentic Zen under the guidance of a genuinely certified Master.