Mentoring

compassIf your practice feels stagnant and your discipline rote, or if you struggle with direction and seek clear instruction and customized guidance, consider one-on-one mentoring.

It is hard to imagine a more skilled and capable guide for those seeking to find their path of practice in Buddhism today. Drawing on a vast reservoir of Buddhist and Western thinking and his own training and experience in traditional practices, Diego offers a pragmatic and grounded approach without compromising either the depth or the integrity of traditional teachings.

— Ken McLeod, Unfettered Mind

Available for mentoring and consultation through Skype in English or Croatian language. An introductory session is used to establish a basis for working together. We discuss where you’re at and what you’re looking for, but also what I offer and require. The work typically takes place in 1-hour sessions twice a month for a semester, after which we review the process, and consider how to proceed. Gradual progress is based in consistent formal practice. Study and behavioral changes are sometimes requisite.

“I will need to learn more about your practice before judging whether I can be of any help. Best, Hokai”

And so began my mentorship with Hokai. I had written to him without expecting much, only hoping that we could somehow work together: I was stuck, my practice more and more frustrating, and was feeling very discouraged. An hour or so later Hokai answered and so our conversation continues to this day. I say conversation because I feel that that best describes what takes place with him. Hokai is the guide, who knows the terrain from his own prodigious experience (both practical and scholarly), yet there is never a moment where one feels that he imposes his idea of the path upon you. He is constantly adjusting his council based on what feedback I give him. Supportive in the hard moments, but constantly pushes you to work with your edge. He is quick to laugh and unafraid to show how moved he can be by the poignancy of life as it is as opposed to how we would rather want it.

To say that I’m grateful to Hokai would be a grave understatement. Words cannot truly express my gratitude to him.

— David F. Glidden, musician

People come to mentoring with a variety of needs and backgrounds. While novices are welcome, many of students I have worked with are practitioners familiar with a range of methods. Often they’ve had their share of disenchantment, and are now trying to cultivate a path of practice they can call their own, perhaps outside of an institutional framework.

Ethical guidelines clarify what is expected in mentorship.

Tuition fee is variable, rates available on inquiry.

A simple confidentiality policy.

Please use the contact form if you would like to set up a session.