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Jim has been working to join the spiritual and ordinary paths of healing for over forty years. He is a senior teacher in both the Vajradhatu and Shambhala Buddhist traditions. Shortly after finishing medical school in 1969, he met his primary teacher, The Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of Vajradhatu Buddhist church, Shambhala Training and Naropa University.

He attended the first Vajradhatu Seminary in 1973 and then spent one year in residential study of the Five Wisdoms at the Maitri Therapeutic Community in Wingdale, New York. He later served for three years as Trungpa Rinpoche’s representative to his students in Berkley, California. He and his family then moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia where he served as representative for Trungpa's students in Nova Scotia and all of Canada.

He practiced family and emergency medicine for the first half of his medical career and then began the study and practice of psychiatry and psychotherapy, which he still does today. He was one of the first to teach mindfulness for health and mind-body medicine in Victoria, BC. He has a great interest in various forms of healing and psychotherapy and is known for his health-based approach to working with others

Jim and Cheryl, were married by Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and together they raised one son, Andrew, who also practices and teaches meditation. In addition to his teaching and family duties, Jim has taught fundamentals of the Buddhist path and Medicine Buddha throughout the United States and Canada. He has taught meditation for psychotherapists at the annual general meetings of the American and Canadian Psychiatric Associations. He is author of Beyond Mindfulness, Buddha Nature and The Four Postures in Psychotheray, which appeared in the Journal of Religion and Health, The Heart of Healing, the audio program on Medicine Buddha featured in this website, and his book, Getting Back to Wholeness The Treasure of Inner Health and the Power of a Meaningful Life, an exploration of the active dimensions of inherent human health and healing, available on Amazon.

Jim learned Medicine Buddha from the great Buddhist master, His Eminence, The Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, in 1999. While formerly considered suitable for advanced meditation students only, Thrangu Rinpoche saw the urgent needs of our time and allowed this teaching to be offered to anyone interested. He pointed out that we cannot hurt ourselves with this practice. Any contact with it can only be helpful. Thrangu Rinpoche is a renowned meditation master and teacher of unparalleled wisdom and compassion. His books are concise and extremely clear, and he remains an inspiration and support on the path of Dharma for many. If you can visit his monastery either in Nepal or in Richmond BC, just south of Vancouver, you will be blessed. Among other marvels, the interior of the Richmond monastery is lined with 1,000 statues of Medicine Buddha.