A great way to get to know fellow sangha participants, a "Dharma Duo" features two members of GBF sharing their background, what brought them to Buddhism, and how their practice and experience with the dharma has impacted their lives.
Paul Shepard has been in recovery and concurrently practicing vipassana meditation since 1990. An active member of GBF since 1995, he initiated focus groups on Sexuality and Spirituality in 1998 and 1999 and has written major articles for the GBF Newsletter (10/1999 and 6/2005). Paul is a graduate of the Buddhist Alliance for Social Engagement (BASE) training, a program of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.
He is a licensed addiction counselor with a sex addiction counseling practice in Oakland, where he shares a living space with his dog Bodhi(sattva). Paul received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. He taught, directed and produced film and stage productions for the university and in community theaters. He died in 2022.
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