Are you not realizing your full potential?

With clarity you can take meaningful action in your life: spiritually, physically, professionally, and socially. You can eradicate limiting beliefs and overcome annoying and unnecessary feelings like low self-confidence, fear, avoidance behavior, perfectionism, and imposter syndrome.

Are you looking to take the next big step?

Self-renewal is essential for the survival of a healthy society. And self-renewal starts at the individual level with action. Buddhism is based on teaching that urges you to find stillness and security amid change. Finding this stillness, while remaining adaptable, flexible, and open-minded is essential to living well. 

The ability to discern stillness in change is also at the heart of self-renewal because self-renewal forces you to face the difficult question of who or what to keep in your life, and who or what to let go of. 

Life transitions like divorce or a new career can be scary but handled wisely these changes are enormous opportunities for creativity and growth—an essential activity to master if you want to flourish in the modernist landscape where you live and work. 

Do you want to make your work more meaningful?

You can live true to your values and make a positive difference in other people’s lives. If you are confused about what your purpose and gifts are and how to use them in the best, most meaningful way, life coaching with me will help you to take a deep look at your values, choices, identities (yes, you have more than one), and status in life. By reflecting clearly and honestly on who you are and what you want to be, you can begin to put your life in alignment with what you believe and what you stand for rather than mindlessly floating through other people’s agendas for you.


Life Coach NYC - SokenI’m Soken, an NYU Certified Coach & ICF Member

For the past 10 years, I have helped clients improve their relationships, have children, change careers, develop business programs, and align their lives with exciting, altruistic values that benefit both individuals and society at large. I have also helped independent professionals start their own businesses and educators design leadership programs for organizational health.

I believe that Life Coaching is a new vehicle that’s coming into maturity as the result of profound global changes and that Life Coaching can be used to help people live mindfully—as opposed to mindlessly—to evolve more reliable, higher, more conscious, present, aware, and motivated versions of themselves for the benefit of society at large. 

Working toward the completion of my MCC 2500-hour coaching certification, I coach executives at some of New York’s most prestigious firms as well as entrepreneurs, business owners, artists, designers, and professionals across the globe.

I teach by example

I am continually realizing and refining my own vision of the Good by writing and publishing essays on Buddhism, life, poetry, and art, but most importantly, while studying Buddhism.

Currently, I’m living between NYC and Mars Hill, North Carolina, building a hermitage in the mountains, and resuscitating a temple for Buddhist study and practice in Kyoto, Japan.

Under Buddhist Master, Rev. Seikan Hasegawa, meeting with him daily, I maintain a continuous study and practice of Buddhism. Before training for 12 years in a Zen monastery, where I served as head monk, I traveled widely, studying the relationship between art, political economy, and spirituality in India and Indonesia.


What type of clients do you work with?

My clients are creative, empathetic high achievers. They are successful, exceptional outliers.

If you have an unconventional approach to life, and you really want to make a difference in the world, and if you’re determined to succeed by finding and forging your genuine path, then this is a great place for you. 

My clients come from diverse fields, but all of them are moved by deep springs of compassion, creativity, and curiosity, and they want to realize something more for themselves and society at large. 

They care about freedom, values, and excellence.  

Spiritual development and self-care are fundamentally important.  Many of my clients practice meditation as a vehicle for personal and spiritual growth and well-being; but most find in the course of our work that their notion of meditation is widened and expanded beyond those of commercial Buddhism, America’s Metaphysical Religions, and New Religious Movements. 

My clients are passionate about building their lives around health, education, and integrated wellness. Spiritual study and the cultivation of higher awareness are developed by the people I work with to support goals aimed at helping others while helping themselves to reinvigorate society with meaningful human relationships—including our relationship to the earth, and all beings—based on trust, love, and respect. 

In short, the aim of this work, like the aim of Buddhism, is to help people to understand how and why it’s important to undertake, as Rev. Seikan Hasegawa puts it, “the practical study of how to live best in each and every situation.”


How does your process work?

1. Introduction to Spiritual Life Coaching 

Generally, you will enroll in a 3-month program of six meetings in which we work to discover what you want to achieve, what is holding you back, and how you will begin to move through what’s blocking you.

In one-on-one coaching calls, we look at your life from multiple angles to generate a holistic perspective that addresses your spirit’s needs, and how to address your body and mind. Then we figure out the best way to do so, usually by generating a creative project that requires action, and that becomes the device through which you learn how to study and realize yourself in the world. 

This can be a work of art, a training program, a healing practice, etc. But it’s usually a creative project that’s exciting, inspiring, and big based on your values, needs, purpose, and what excites you.

By the end of this program, you will have defined your goals, gained clarity, and started taking significant action towards your desired outcomes. 

The process is rather like getting a wagon—your spirit— out from being stuck in the mud. 

When you complete the Spiritual Life Coaching, we will assess your goals and your achievements and see how far you’ve come.  For some people, this is a good place to stop. 

And for others who want to keep going, they continue to build on their insights with more study by continuing on with Foundations for Contemplative Guidance. 

2. Foundations for Contemplative Guidance 

Foundations for Contemplative Guidance is a 6-month program in which you start to deepen and widen your view and understanding of what’s possible for you in life as a compassionate being, and how to cultivate compassion to make it function and work in the world. 

While you continue to receive support and guidance through coaching conversations and mentoring, and while continuing to identify and overcome obstacles and limiting beliefs, you will also:

  1. Take what you have learned about yourself and put it into action to develop an ‘Odyssey’ plan—a kind of personal hero’s journey.
  2. Deeply develop your study of compassion through spiritual readings and in-depth discussion.
  3. Study classical notions of ‘The Good’ and learn what it means to practice and realize ‘The Good Life’ not as an a priori notion, but in your actual life.


What types of Life Coaching do you offer?

I offer two kinds of coaching: Buddhist Life Coaching and Spiritual Life Coaching

Spiritual Life Coaching helps you find purpose and direction while developing a deeper spiritual connection to life. This study is influenced by spiritual traditions, influenced by—but not limited to—Buddhism, as well as the Eastern and Western philosophical traditions.

Buddhist Life Coaching, on the other hand, helps prepare you for becoming a devoted Buddhist practitioner, and it provides a path for people who are passionately interested in Buddhism and want to study with a teacher.

All of the coaching sessions include:

  • 1.5-hour phone and/or video calls
  • Meetings every other week 
  • On-demand, one of a kind guided mediation 

To help keep you focused, between calls we offer optional:

  • Personal growth exercises
  • Spiritual Readings
  • Accountability check-ins


How to work with me

Coaching Consultation

If you are ready to get started, the next step is to schedule a Coaching Consultation

Once you contact me, I’ll send you a series of questions to answer. We’ll arrange a time to meet by phone or video call so we can start to get to know one another. 

I will learn what your goals are and what you hope to achieve, and you can see how I work and if I can help you and your particular needs. 

By the end of this session, you’ll know if it’s a good fit.

This is an exciting session in which people experience significant changes. There is no obligation to continue and no hard sell during or after the session. 

It’s simple, and if it is a good fit, you’ll know! 

Chances are that if you have read this far, it is a great fit—so schedule your call and we’ll get started with the best program for you.

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