I have learned a lot about myself and my practice through working with Ryan. His teaching highlights his deep understanding of traditional dharma and integral practices that blend practice with daily life. Ryan is empathetic, flexible, and deeply considerate, and his expertise is reflected in the diversity of areas and topics that we cover in our 1-1s. Working with Ryan has enabled me to grow my practice as a meditator and a teacher, and I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone practicing Dzogchen, or looking to grow their meditation practice.
Ryan’s courses in Fundamental Awareness, taught via Buddhist Geeks (which he co-founded), were revelatory and helped ground me in my Dharma practice during a time I was feeling a bit adrift. His deep insights, academic knowledge, warmth, and humour radiate through his teachings and coaching, and I have incorporated what I have learned from him in my own offerings. Ryan is a treasure.
I’ve practiced for nearly 15 years with a number of teachers, and, to me, Ryan’s one of the best. Open. Playful. Caring. Sharp. Modern, yet informed by tradition. With his help, I bounced back from a darkness that had left me stagnant and dispirited for months. Together, we investigated its causes, created an integrated, targeted plan-of-action, and acted. Thanks to him, I got my contemplative life out of the mire and onto the next level. He’s the real-deal in geek chic.
Ryan embodies a wonderful mix of deep knowledge, intuition, and non-judgmental presence of what emerges in our work. In my work with him, I have been able to process some shifts in awareness in my life outside of our work as well as have some very interesting shifts and experiences within our work. As a psychotherapist (aka talk therapist) myself, it is so important for me to have a place to explore, nonverbally, my experience.
With his grounded body, heart, and mind I experience Ryan as a very soothing, compassionate teacher and a deeply authentic human being with a profound understanding of human suffering and the path to alleviate it, the path to more and more wholeness. He has guided me very skillfully into more and more self-contact and the essential well-being that comes with it.
I was very fortunate to be on Ryan’s Awareness Meditation training. He is very knowledgeable, kind and gentle. He made me feel very comfortable and it was very easy to learn from him such a complex and advanced topic. I would recommend his classes to anyone looking for deepening their meditation practice.