Reviews and Notable Followers.
success factors of happiness and resilience
some of the kind things people have written about me
"Michael is a positive and hard-hitting dharma life coach who gives direct feedback which allows me to perceive situations more clearly and find solutions. Originally, I went to Michael because I was wrestling with some complex buddhist subjects, but I was also approaching the start of a new phase in my life: retirement. I wanted to discuss my questions and alleviate some of the uncertainties I felt facing this new phase. However, I was still in the job market and after a day of work, I was experiencing a lot of fatigue and stress. So that became the focus of our first session and he offered techniques to help me appreciate the transition from work mode to relaxation mode. This allowed me to see how often I press myself mentally and physically instead of being present in the moment. There were several issues that we tackled together, and I gained many new perspectives during our sessions. Michael is very creative and open and I feel comfortable discussing any subject with him. The topics that involved adjusting my energy level to engage in a project effectively are not usually the domain of a dharma coach, but Michael understood these challenges and a wide range of many other topics and could provide useful tools for change. Following our last session together, something he said triggered a major breakthrough, when an old habit pattern that I was wearing like a shield finally came undone. It was a fairly esoteric but a very real and healing experience. The subjects discussed during my sessions had to be addressed before seriously considering achieving my retirement goals. I am in a much better position to accomplish these goals now thanks to Michael's insights. Also, I realize that even if we enter the buddhist process with certain preconceived expectations, the journey will still take place in accordance with what is really necessary at the time to help us achieve our goals concretely. Michael's intelligence and competence can certainly help you on your journey.''
- C. Howell, Professor (Retired)
"With Mike's help I finally learned the process of being a practicing buddhist instead of just being a buddhist. His understanding of the Buddha teachings and his ability to explain how to practically apply it to my life have been nothing short of life changing. He fixed my breathing meditation, which I had no idea was broken, but not just that, doing that opened the door to much deeper levels of concentration, which meant access to altered states and insights into how the six sense doors completely manufacture our entire existence. Even better, he worked with me to start using the dharma off the cushion which changed everything. With those two facets in place, it's like seeing the world for the first time. I guess it's why it's called "awakening". I see the world differently now, and there is a space between "me" and everything else that gives me a deep sense of freedom. Now when I sense the "seeds" of a negative emotion, I can actually stop what I am doing in that moment and listen to what is happening to me at that very moment - and now I've learned to not resist that feeling - but to face it and work with it and turn it into practice and so it dissipates gently and quickly. Now my dharma practice is working in really amazing ways. The quality of my life and my practice have improved beyond my expectations. My appreciation for Mike's unbelievable skills, insights, and understanding can't be expressed. My life is different now."
- Ella Yang
"I was dealing with some really heavy stuff and I stopped being able to use the dharma and I stopped meditating. A coworker recommended Michael. He was kind, patience, and compassionate but he is also direct and didn't let me make any excuses or buy into any of my own stories. That was nice. He helped me get in touch with perspective again and he helped me use the stress I was feeling as practice not as an obstacle to it. Not always easy to do but he helped me find new ways to use my dharma and meditation that really worked. We got back on the mat together and I learned a lot from him. I would suggest him to anybody who is having a hard time with "the practical application of Buddhism" or their motivation to meditate."
- Mike Posner
[ed. note: not the musician]
"I met Michael last year as part of the Sravasti Abbey Monastery SAFE program. I got to know him and I found myself looking forward to our interactions. I connected with his ability to interpret the dharma in ways that I never heard before. Like really useful ways that really helped my understanding of the teachings come together. I got caught up with so many concepts but he really help me to understand them in ways that makes so much sense. With his help I now understand concepts I spent so much effort trying to get before and have now put them into my practice. Also he showed me how to use the dharma teachings in my meditations, which changed everything really. His knowledge goes far beyond just meditation and buddhism. I found that helpful as his insight on how to apply the teaching to my every day life was direct and surprisingly on point. My practice and my understanding of the dharma have come a long way since meeting Michael, and I am grateful for the impact he has had on my practice and my life. I recommend him."
- Veronica T.
"I felt like I was in a boring rut with my meditation and was thinking about giving it up. I am glad I didn't. With Mike's help I learned that meditation and dharma go deeper than I ever imagined and how I can use them to practice my off-the-cushion ability to take a step back when a judgment or a strong emotion suddenly arrives. I can see them coming now, as if I see it all from a distance and I no longer react to my anger and frustration which too often had drawn me into conflicts over and over again. I can now see the connection between meditating and everything else. It all works now and I am getting closer. He says it's like a super power and I agree. I am also learning to smile again thanks to Mike. People say I don't frown as much any more which is great. Years of anger management couldn't do what a few months of dharma practice with Mike have done for me."
- Andy D.
"Mike taught me that there is more than just breathing meditation and I quickly became a fan of metta meditation with his help. I wish I started metta earlier. Like most people I started out with breath meditation for a couple of years and then started deepening my practice with longer sessions and different forms of meditation but my progress felt like it had really slowed down. With metta the benefits occur almost immediately and increase quickly with the more hours you do it. If you are a neurotic type like me then I recommend Mike because your meditation practice should have metta in it as a priority, because it increases positive emotions. It literally makes you more capable of feeling more positive emotions. Besides that it makes you a more empathic person. Breath meditation is good too because it calms the stress response but it doesnt increase positive emotions in the way metta does and it makes all the difference in the world. I highly recommend Mike for his meditation coaching he's great."
- Kirsten H.
Meditation Teacher and Author
Founder, President, Karuna-Shechen, Happiness Altruism Author, Monk, PhD Molecular Genetics
Venerable Amy Miller
Monk, Touring Teacher, Lecturer, Retreat Leader
Deputy Editor, Lion's Roar Buddhist Publications
President, Naropa University
Chief Operating Officer & CFO, Naropa University
Secretary General, Amnesty International
Executive Director, Amnesty International
CEO, Institute for Human Rights and Business
CEO, Miller Center of Public Affairs
David Isaac, CBE
Chair of Governors, London University of the Arts
Director of Strategic Communications, U.S. News & World Report
Director of Philanthropy, ProVeg International
Michael J. Oliver
Managing Editor, "The Oxford Theologian" & Senior Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford
Julie Barker Gillette
Buddhist Ministry Coordinator, Harvard Divinity School
Professor & Author, Harvard Business School
Professor & Author, Harvard Business School
Director Strategic Communications, Columbia University
Deputy Chief Security Officer, Mastercard
(former White House Deputy CIO)
CEO, Nucleus Computer Laboratory
President, Dell Technologies, China
Chief Technology Officer, Broadcom
Chief Operating Officer, Xerox Corporation
President, Microsoft Corporation
Vice President, Microsoft Corporation
Vice President, Dyson
Vice President, NVIDIA
Vice President, IBM
Executive Director, Humane Society
Executive Director, Animal Justice
Executive Director, Endangered Species Coalition
Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch
General Secretary, International Public Policy Association
Director of Philanthropy, National Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center
Vice President, The Brookings Institution
(these do not imply official endorsements)
Michael Turner is a pre-monastic Buddhist Ariya-puggala and a deeply accomplished enlightenment trainer and dharma life coach. He emphasises and teaches the practical application of Buddhism in our everyday lives to make real progress toward enlightenment and is particularly adept at explaining them in ways that can be easily understood and practiced by Western Buddhists. He has been meditating and cultivating the techniques to generate indestructible resilience and inner-strength for more than 25 years and has helped countless numbers of people enhance their practice to make clear progress along the Path.