Meet California

Soryu Forall

Guiding Teacher

Soryu Forall is an American-born meditation teacher dedicated to serving all living beings. He teaches that this path is the mutually supportive relationship between Awakening and Responsibility, the positive feedback loop between Correct Perception and Correct Behavior.

Soryu has done intensive contemplative practice for over two decades, training in Buddhist monasteries in Asia, primarily under the Zen Master Shodo Harada, for half that time. He also has a degree in Economics with a focus on Environmental Science from Williams College. As the founder of the Center for Mindful Learning and Head Teacher at the Monastic Academy, Soryu offers teachings based in Shinzen Young’s Unified Mindfulness to residents, local community members, and young people around the world. He is grateful for the gifts many teachers have offered him, including those in the Christian, Lakota, Diné, Abenaki, scientific, and the Zen, Ambedkar, Theravada, and Kagyud Buddhist traditions. Soryu works to use mindfulness, leadership, and exponential growth to save life on earth from human greed and create conditions for awakening.

Past Participants

Jōshin

Jōshin

Jōshin has given up his entire life to the training to be trustworthy, to build a trustworthy community, to create a trustworthy culture that preserves life on earth. He knows that the stakes are unreasonably high and there isn’t much time.

Prior to this training, he got a degree in computer science and cognitive science with a math minor from Case Western Reserve University, then worked on things like Google’s stats pipeline and the Muse EEG headset.

His training is to strive along the path to classical Awakening, and to integrate the best methods available for applied rationality and being in relation.

成 is the final “jō” in the Four Great Vows. It means to fulfill, attain, or become so completely that nothing else remains. 真, “shin”, means true, authentic, or real.

Pan Williams

Pan Williams

Pan has always aimed to make the world a better place. At age fifteen, he volunteered for a progressive mayoral candidate and got hooked on social change. While attaining a Master’s degrees in Political Science and Sustainable Business, he threw himself into a career as an advocate and organizer for democracy, human rights, and the environment.

A decade of championing progressive causes introduced Pan to the challenges of apathy, burnout, and corruption. Searching for answers, Pan turned inward through lucid dreaming, labyrinth walking, and wilderness meditation. Direct experience of interconnectivity and compassion renewed Pan’s calling, and recurring dreams brought him to lead workshops on meditation, mindfulness, and lucid dreaming.

By living in a community that uses mindfulness to help others, Pan is learning to harness the metamorphic power of contemplative practice for building a loving and harmonious world.