"People travel to
wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of
the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast
compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the
stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering."
—SAINT AUGUSTINE (354-430)
has practiced meditation in the Kagyu tradition of
Tibetan Buddhism for over 30 years. His principle teacher
was Kalu Rinpoche who was one of the great Kagyu masters
of the 20th century. In addition, he received teachings
and initiations from many other Tibetan teachers
including the 16th Karmapa, Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche, Tai
Situ Rinpoche and Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche.
In 1986 he
entered the traditional three-year, three-month retreat
in which the principle teachings and practices of the
Karma Kagyu and Shangpa Kagyu lineages are transmitted
and practiced. After completing the retreat in late 1989,
he earned a Master’s degree in psychology and became a
licensed psychotherapist in 1996.
years after completing the three-year retreat, he began
to accept students and eventually established Clear
Mountain Wisdom as a means to convey the teachings and
practices he received from Kalu Rinpoche and others.
encourages students to develop a strong daily practice
of sitting meditation and doing periodic intensive
retreats. However, sitting practice is not an end but
the foundation of bringing present-moment awareness to
all aspects of life.
Claudia began practicing over 18 yrs ago and has studied primarily with Tibetan trained Western teachers from the Karma Kaygu and Shangpa Kagyu traditions. She is a senior student of Ken McLeod and has received the benefit of several years of training in the Buddhist Teacher Development Program which he directed. She was authorized to teach by Dan Jorgensen and Ken McLeod in 2003. In recent years her practice has been centered in Tibetan vajrayana, mahamudra and dzogchen practices.
Claudia emphasizes awareness of the body and the development of stable attention as the foundation for all other practices. She includes instruction in gentle body movements along with daily sitting practice. As a teacher she works with students in person and over Skype. A teacher can provide instruction in techniques, advice based upon their own experience and support for the student's practice. The student needs to be willing to do the practice, listen and ask questions and find their own intention and motivation.
Claudia has an extensive background in higher education as a professor, counselor and administrator. She currently co-owns and operates Sierra Mental Fitness Inc., a neuro-feedback center in Roseville, California.