Since 1998, Mark Eckhardt has studied Zen Buddhism under the auspices of Bill Yoshin Jordan, Abbot of the Santa Monica Zen Center. He took his first set of Priest vows in 2007 and completed his full ordination in 2008. Trained in both Soto and Rinzai schools of Zen, Mark is part of the teaching staff at the Santa Monica Zen Center, where he assists in ongoing student training and development. In 2008 he founded LYFE Systems, a consulting company that works with professionals in the area of leadership. His work integrates aspects of Zen Training with western methods and science for increasing human performance and effectiveness. Mark currently resides in Los Angeles.