William spent six years as a Buddhist monk studying the three main branches of Buddhism. He developed a practice for himself that incorporates the most accessible core methods from Vietnamese Zen, Burmese Theravada Buddhism and contemporary meditation research. His meditation techniques are largely influenced by meditation researchers such as Herbert Benson, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Richard Davidson and Rick Hanson. This journey has shaped his teaching style and meditations techniques used in his classes.
William graduated with a doctorate in clinical health psychology in 2016. He currently works helping patients manage chronic pain and chronic illness at Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts Craniofacial Pain Center, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Medford and teaches in yoga, medical, corporate and private settings.
His classes, presentations and retreats are designed to create a supportive environment for group discussions and sense of community. All meditation techniques taught have supporting research on their effectiveness for reducing stress, managing pain, regulating emotions, strengthening attention, and communicating emotions. He encourages his students to explore various techniques and find a personalized practice that works for them.
Buddhist Training: William has been practicing meditation since the late 90s and has been teaching meditation and Buddhist Psychology since 2005. From 2005-2011 he practiced as a fully ordained Buddhist monk in the Zen Lin Chi tradition. In 2008, William began practicing in the Pa Auk Theravada tradition taking 6 month long solo forest retreats with 10,000+ hours of total time in retreat. While a monk he practiced with and organized retreats for Buddhist teachers around the world including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Thich Naht Hanh, Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, Ajahn Brahmavamso, Ven. Tenzin Palmo and Ven. Thubten Chodron.