Ronn Pawo McLane found meditation when he was around thirteen years old as a recommendation to help alleviate migraine suffering, and later for anxiety and depression. He has lived as a Lay Monk and led a community of practitioners for many years.
While taking refuge vows with his Root Teacher, he was given the Name Urgyen Pawo translating as "Lotus Space Walker". Pawo's core practice is Dzogchen - The Natural Great Perfection and has studied and practiced Zen & Vipassana. He is also a Chant Master and Breath Yoga Teacher.
He began as a Meditation Teacher more than 10 years ago striving to make these practices accessible for everyone with a sincere passion for knowing, first-hand, the vast benefits. Pawo served as Director for Kansas City's Temple Buddhist center before founding The Kansas City Buddhist Center in 2016 where he is Spiritual Director.
Welcome to the Backyard Buddhist Podcast. I am Ronn Pawo McLane I have been meditating since I was thirteen years old. I have been teaching meditation for over fifteen years. I also practice Buddhist principles and serve as a teacher, mentor, and spiritual friend to many. I have always been driven to find the practical thread for utilizing ancient wisdom in everyday life. So join me as we discuss how to bring these ideas into our own Backyards in search of peace and harmony for ourselves and all other beings. I am so very curious about other people's practices on similar journeys and look forward to chatting with guests about their journeys.
I spent a few years practicing as a Lay Zen Monk "Thich Tam Khong". The image above was at Buddhist Tzu Chi University during a pilgrimage to Taiwan while visiting a number of Temples and Monasteries around this beautiful country. I traveled with a contingent of Vietnamese Buddhist Nuns as well as a number of Lay practitioners who referred to me as "Big White Monk".
Living and working as a Monk was an experience that I would not trade but it was not easy. A "simple life" sounded so appealing to an introvert with anxiety but was an experience of trading attachments and expectations for another set.