Zen at Work


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Zen at Work applies the practices and principles of Zen Meditation to the modern predicament of working in the world, helping people align their energies with their livelihood, in accord with their own inner wisdom.

Mindfulness practices help to build concentration and counteract our natural tendencies to distraction and overthinking. With deepening practice, we also establish clarity of judgement and purpose.

With two decades of executive experience in tech startups, I am especially sensitized to the stressors for founders and how an unhealthy relationship to one’s own fears and uncertainties can lead one astray. (I go into a little more detail on my path in my “manifesto”.)

If you or your team are interested in exploring how the practice of Presence can shift your capacities, I invite you to check out my Presentations, Workshops, Coaching and Consulting services on these pages, and send me a note with the Form button below. I look forward to hearing from you.

  • Paul



My 2-3 hour session on "Mindfulness for Business and Personal Growth" presents the core practice and principles of Mindfulness, including:

  • The physical and psychological habits that produce overactive minds;

  • Common myths about work;

  • The science, principles and benefits of meditation;

  • Practical experiential meditation instruction; tools and tips for starting and maintaining a meditation practice, individually or with a team.


Executive & Leadership coaching

I work one-on-one with individuals, providing guidance in negotiating the difficult issues faced by high-profile business leaders. My individual sessions are based on the Zen form of dokusan, which translates as “private interview.” In my 30 years of Zen practice, I have done dokusan with my teachers and students many thousands of times. In an intuitive and organic way, dokusan involves witnessing, mirroring, instruction, guidance, and encouragement. It is not only conceptual, but is an energetic physical-mental-emotional process that works directly with Xin. (Remote via Skype or Hangout.)

Workshops & retreats

One-day workshops & retreats are designed for individuals and teams to understand and experience the benefits of a Mindfulness practice.

A single Day of Silence can be deeply restorative and initiate a shift in your unproductive attention-habits.

Workshops are held at company sites, and retreats are held in off-site retreat facilities. Both include extensive periods of practice, silence and rest-recovery from over-stimulation and "monkey mind."

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Modern work environments present unique challenges in the form of distraction, anxiety, instability, risk, stress, and obstacles to communication. Leaders are challenged in new ways to serve their organizations with insight, wholeheartedness and clarity of purpose.  At the same time, a variety of bad mental habits (including the "myth of multitasking") and deep-seated cultural misunderstandings about the nature of "productivity" create unnecessary pressures and pitfalls. 

With the mind of meditation you can neutralize bad habits, drop false stories, expand your capacities, and re-connect with your intrinsic clarity, energy and creativity.

Zen at Work condenses decades of experience in Mindfulness Practice, Tech Innovation and Corporate Leadership. If you are interested in engaging me for a presentation, ongoing coaching or retreat, please submit the short Inquiry form below.