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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.

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Zen Bite: You!

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Zen Bite: Taming the Bull

  • By: Mark Eckhardt
  • Just over 60 years ago, there was almost no mention of meditation in Western popular culture except in the most off-beat paths and dusty corners. Now, ...

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Zen Bite: Weird Enlightenment

  • By: Mark Eckhardt
  • When people find out that I am a Zen Buddhist priest they often say, "Cool, man, you need to meet my friend -- he's a hippie too." The assumption is that I ...

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Zen Bite: Stinky Zen

  • By: Mark Eckhardt
  • Zen Buddhists refer to enlightenment as being on top of a 100 foot pole. It is a wonderful metaphor that conveys clarity, wisdom and life above the normal ...

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Zen Bite: The Road to Enlightenment

  • By: Mark Eckhardt
  • Everywhere you look there is a book, tape, DVD, course or workshop you can take to get "Enlightened."  There are those who sell the "Now." There are ...

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