Modern Zen and Buddhism

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Experience a better life.

As the speaker and facilitator, David B. Alexander brings his experience as a psychotherapist, consultant, partner, and parent, as well as integrating a lifelong practice and teaching of meditation and Tai Chi Chuan.

David has studied Zen / Buddhism not just as an academic but has focused on experiential understanding of the important life principles expounded in this teaching. Zen / Buddhism believes deeply in the inherent value and capability of each human being, and encourages us to make the efforts to achieve that great potential.


The various presentations and discussions about Zen / Buddhism are dedicated to making clear the principles for a better life, with more joy and less suffering through a profound and subtle teaching

These events are enriching, safe opportunities for learning. After 50 years of Zen practice with leading masters, as well as learning from the lessons of life, David B. Alexander presents and discusses the meaning of this ancient teaching for each of us. Zen and Buddhism are the study of, and the connection with, our true selves.


After presentations, there is always time for questions and answers as well as discussion; some meetings consist of all facilitated discussion.

Note: if any attendee does not wish to join in a discussion, but prefers to observe and absorb, that preference will be respected.

Events take place online via Zoom, and may in the future also take place in Long Island or Manhattan at announced addresses.

Webinars can be joined via ordinary phone, but for a full experience use of a computer will allow observing other attendees and those who are speaking. Attendees who do not wish to be seen can disable their video, and those who do not wish to speak (or if there is background noise in the attendee's area) can mute their microphone so as to hear the webinar discussion without speaking.

You can call David B. Alexander at (718) 229-2609, if you have any questions.


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“The amount of information was terrific, dialogue was great. I wouldn't change anything. I thought meeting everyone was wonderful and having the dialogue. I am interested in attending more webinars.”

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“Perfect. Very Comfortable interaction. A professional presentation. I liked listening to your personal experiences and those of others.”

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“I thought it was very effective and constructive. I enjoyed the candor of presenters and openness to discuss concerns and clarify.”

Upcoming Interactive Events

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  • (1 hr 30 mins)

    Explore the wisdom of Zen and Buddhism with long-time practitioner and teacher David B. Alexander. We will look at some well-…

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    Explore the wisdom of Zen and Buddhism with long-time practitioner and teacher David B. Alexander. We will look at some well-known and lesser-known expressions and quotes of Zen and Buddhism, and examine what they are communicating.

    Two of the quotes we will examine: "What is the sound of one hand?" and "To study Buddhism is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self...."

    Zen expression is often about experiences that are not common and not very easy to understand. However, that challenge is sometimes used, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to make Zen seem mysterious. The reality is that these expressions and quotes express important experiences, giving words to our immense potential as human beings. The meaning is often not obvious at first, but can be understood better when discussed with clarity.

    Discover more of the profound and liberating meaning of Zen and Buddhism.

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    Most of us know karma as, basically, the implications that our thoughts and actions have consequences, whether immediately or…

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    Most of us know karma as, basically, the implications that our thoughts and actions have consequences, whether immediately or at some future time. Although that statement captures the basic concept, there is more to karma than that.

    Another teaching is the Four Immeasurables. To find our true freedom, we want to use our higher capacities as human beings. These higher capacities allow us to cultivate a mind that frees itself from following past negative karma. By connecting to one's unlimited mind rather than to the narrow mind, we can express good thoughts and actions toward all beings, including ourselves.

    After a presentation, we will discuss and practice these principles, and enjoy community.

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    “I had both the privilege and good fortune to first connect with David in 2019. In retaining his services, I found him to be highly professional, insightful, authentic, patient, and kind. I greatly appreciated his direct approach, thoughtful consideration, and engaging manner.

    As it turns out, the feedback and insight he provided me turned out to be absolutely spot on, over the course of time. It is a pleasure to recommend David as a pragmatic, discerning, and intuitive counselor, therapist, and leader.”

    Founder and CEO, Exaio Systems

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    “David recently did a presentation on non-violent communication on behalf of one of my clients, an HR firm. To say that he hit it out of the ballpark would be an understatement. He was engaging, used real-world scenarios and examples and provided the attendees with actionable take-aways to help them navigate the sometimes-tricky world of intergenerational workplace communication.

    David is genuine and empathetic. Even during a brief training, his message resonated with this audience of business owners, HR managers and C-suite executives. We received extremely positive feedback from the attendees and highly recommend David for consulting and training in this area.”

    President, PrescRXptive Communications, LLC

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    “David is a superbly gifted Organizational Therapist who is able to help guide entrepreneurs in growing their businesses while navigating the highly unpredictable environment that we find ourselves in.

    Unlike many psychotherapists he has a long-established track record of working and advising in the real world, which allows him to help his clients deal with real world problem solving. If you have an established business which is coping with a changing times, or an entrepreneur looking to unlock growth and opportunities I would highly recommend David as a consultant.”

    Entrepreneurial Product Designer and CEO of Very Memorable

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