natural awareness
relaxed presence, unfabricated, flowing, just as it is

 may all be healthy, happy, at ease in their body, at home in the world

George Draffan

Iím a Seattle-based practitioner and teacher of Buddhist meditation and Taoist energy practices.

I began my study of Buddhism with Geshe Lhundup Sopa at the University of Wisconsin in the 1970s. Since then Iíve received instruction from teachers of many Buddhist traditions, and have participated in retreats with Ken McLeod, Michael Conklin, Dan Jorgensen, Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Rodney Smith, U Silananda, Ajahn Amaro, Yvonne Rand, Chozen and Hogen Bays, Robert Joshin Althouse, and many others I have immense appreciation and undying gratitude for every one of these teachers.

Iíve trained most deeply in the Shangpa and Kagyu (Tibetan) and Thai Forest (Theravada) traditions, but am quite eclectic. My practice in recent years has been centered in anapanasati, vajrayana, mahamudra, and qigong. My practice and teaching emphasizes:

~ direct awareness of the body as the ground of all experience

~ relying on the essential foundations of compassion, stable clear awareness, and skillful means.

~ bringing traditional teachings alive in direct experience

~ maintaining intention, awareness, and flexibility amidst the activities of daily life

~ understanding the context and appreciating the validity of different traditions and practices

~ helping people connect with their own motivation, working with them to clarify their goals and sustain their practice.

Iíve been a volunteer with the Northwest Dharma Association, where I served as president from 2001 to 2005. I currently help organize the annual regional Buddhist teachers meeting.

Since the 1980s Iíve made a living by doing freelance research in support of environmental and community groups.

More about working with me here.

My teaching schedule here.

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