John serves the Asian Legacy Library as the executive director in charge of global operations.
Prior to ALL, John was an executive director for the Lillian Vernon Corporation, heading a “Business to Business” division serving clients such as Estee Lauder Cosmetics, American Express Credit Card Services, Victoria’s Secret, Anheuser-Busch, Kraft Foods, and other Fortune 500 companies.
For over a decade, John studied and practiced meditation with Eido Shimano Roshi, an authentic master and lineage holder in the Rinzai tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. John was on the board of directors of The Zen Studies Society from 1985 to 1995.
In 1996 John met Tibetan Buddhist master teachers Geshe Lobsang Tarchin and Geshe Michael Roach. He began the rigorous 36 course study program, which culminated in him entering a 3-year, 3-month, 3-day silent meditation retreat on December 26th of 2011 as director. John is a senior instructor for Asian Classics Institute, Diamond Cutter Institute Global, and Sedona College of International Management.
He currently resides with his wife in Sedona, Arizona. They travel and teach together throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America.