As a huge fan of meditation, Mark Williams loves the practice and the impact. As a dad, athlete, and someone living and working in modern America, Williams finds inspiration for his teaching from everyday life.
His favorite thing is teaching meditation to everyday people doing everyday things. Meditation in action!
Practicing meditation since 1993, Mark Williams made the move to teaching in 2010. After serving in the US Air Force and then flying at an airline for a couple years, he received his MA in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University. At Naropa, Williams studied contemplative practices from around the world and became enamored with Rumi, Merton, the Baal Shem and Quechua shamanism.
In the Buddhist tradition, Mark Williams has studied with teachers from the Soto and Rinzai Zen schools; more recently, with masters from the Nyingma and Kagyu branches of Tibetan Buddhism and with teachers from the Advaita Vedanta tradition. All of these shape his practice and how he moves that out into the world.
Over the years, Williams dabbled in the worlds of Western philosophy, shamanism, mythology, Jungian and neo-Jungian psychology and the Enneagram; also co-adaptor of two critically acclaimed Off-Broadway plays, ?The Man Himself? and ?Conviction.?
?Our mind has a particular ?feel? when we direct our attention. The best way I have of describing it is the feeling you get when you?re threading a needle ? all your intention and focus is mobilized at that singular spot where the thread passes through the eye. For a moment, that?s your entire world.?