Stephen Long, D. Dh.

     After university graduation, Stephen began his business career as a marketing executive in Miami, his hometown. A year later he moved to Toronto, and then two years after that he moved to Honolulu, where he thrived for sixteen wonderful years. It was in Hawaii that he met his first two important spiritual teachers: the late Tanouye Tenshin Rotaishi, a Zen Master, and the late Nana Veary, a beloved Hawaiian spiritual leader. These two grounded him solidly in meditation practice, spiritual principles, and the determination to continue to evolve.

     His entrepreneurial urgings motivated him to move on to Bangkok where he started a business consulting company that lasted six years and gave him a base for exploring Asia, its cultures, art, and various peoples. Back in the States he settled in Los Angeles, but lived for extended periods in Taos, New York City, and Sri Lanka, working on various projects while writing books, strategic business plans, screenplays, and journalism essays. Curious about the world, and a confirmed seeker of Truth, Stephen never stopped learning, studying, traveling, and enjoying meeting many amazing people.

     He was blessed to have encountered in person great teachers and mentors such as the late Dr. David Hawkins, Wayne Liquorman, and H. H. the Dalai Lama. He has been further blessed by the wisdom teachings of other influential sages through the printed word. His has been an interesting path, and it continues to be so as it miraculously unfolds.

      His involvement with Buddhism deepened while in Thailand and went even deeper in Los Angeles. He was ordained by Ven. Walpola Piyananda, a world-renowned monk from Sri Lanka, as a Bodhicari (Buddhist lay minister) in 2001, and was awarded a Doctorate in Dharma in 2009 for his collective work for the Buddha Sasana.

     His wealth of cross-cultural experience culminated in his life’s work of counseling, coaching and teaching. He has counseled and coached a wide range of clients across the globe, including executives, but he doesn’t specialize in any particular “type” of client, knowing that “types” are simply identifications that are unconsciously chosen because of the energy field the client inhabits. He knows that we are all basically the same, each and every one of us bearing the weight of that incessant, underlying feeling of unsatisfactoriness and discontent that causes problems and issues to arise, and inhibits us from enjoying life to the fullest. Stephen recognizes that this discontent may also sometimes motivate us to grasp for courage and seek help.

    Stephen trusts that the energy generated from the dialog that emerges with his clients serves the higher good of all, and during sessions he seeks to direct that energy towards an outcome that fosters happiness and further spiritual development. Surprises often occur in these client dialogs that often reveal truths, possible alternate directions, and conflicting intentions that were previously obscured – opening up new vistas for exploration, new choices and options for growth and happiness. Perceived problems and issues become diminished as the client grasps the meanings of shared expanded truths; with grace, they sometimes even disappear completely.

    Stephen enjoys his work, and he truly loves and respects his clients. He appreciates them for being unique, individual expressions of the Source from which we all emerged, in which we still reside, and into which we will all return.

“Partial and limited positionalities create the illusions called ‘problems.’ In reality, no such thing as a problem is possible; there is merely what we want and what we don’t want. Suffering is due to resistance.”

David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph. D.

 

“People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and don’t suffer any more.”

Thich Nhat Hanh