About the Author

May you be happy! May you be free from suffering! May you be at ease!

My name is Ivan Mayerhofer. My Dharma name is Kusa. In the summer of 2014, after completing the Maitreya Buddhist Seminary under the guidance of Ven. Haju Sunim, I ordained as a lay Dharma Teacher. I remain affiliated with the Buddhist Society for Compassionate Wisdom (founded by Ven. Samu Sunim) both as a lay Dharma Teacher and as a continuing student of the Dharma and Korean Sŏn Buddhism.

I am also a secular teacher/student. After completing my doctorate in philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, I taught as a lecturer at Colorado College and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Currently I teach English at a public high school in Colorado Springs. As part of the transition, I went back to taking undergraduate classes in English and graduate classes in Education. Everyday I become a student of the teenagers in my classroom, learning what makes them come alive and what puts them to sleep. Everyday the individual minds and energies that come crashing together in the classroom humble me!

This blog brings together all these streams – philosophical analysis with Dharma practice and study with everyday life and everything in between – into one mighty river! (Well – sometimes this blog will be but a trickling mighty river. Remember, I am a public school teacher and my students are my priority.) These realms of thought and practice are not antithetical. Indeed, a brief read through the major texts of Buddhism gives evidence enough that Buddhist teachers are also philosophers. I hereby humbly submit my voice into this genre of Buddhist writing, fully expecting to stumble along the Way.

As I mentioned before in the previous “About the Author” post, I approach and share the Dharma with open heart, open mind, and open hands. Your feedback on the posts, whether personal or academic in nature, is greatly appreciated.

And I still think the following captures a fragment of the Dharma path we walk in our everyday lives. We move through this world bounded by our surroundings, our culture, our habit energies, and so much more. Yet the Dharma encourages us to live with boundless heart and mind. The title of this blog – With(out) Bounds – reflects this subtle dance between boundedness and boundlessness. It also reflects the general spirit in which I approach the Dharma: as an imperfect human being vowing to cultivate the Buddha Way in body, speech, and mind.

Thank you for reading!


What follows is the previous “About the Author” section posted on February 17, 2010. Much like the traces of our past remain in our minds, or scars remain on our bodies, I leave this here as a reminder of what has come and what has gone.

May you be happy! May you be free from suffering! May you be at ease!

My name is Kusa. I am a student in the Maitreya Buddhist Seminary with the Buddhist Society for Compassionate Wisdom (founded by Ven. Samu Sunim). As part of the program, we are encouraged to study various aspects of Buddhism, including the Buddha’s life, Buddhist iconography, the history of Zen Buddhism in general, and the history of Korean Buddhism in particular (as well as other topics).

In the spirit of approaching the Dharma with open heart, open mind, and open hands, I am starting this blog as a way to share my practice and research to a wider audience. Your feedback on the posts, whether personal or academic in nature, is greatly appreciated.

We move through this world bounded by our surroundings, our culture, our habit energies, and so much more. Yet the Dharma encourages us to live with boundless heart and mind. The title of this blog – With(out) Bounds – reflects this subtle dance between boundedness and boundlessness. It also reflects the general spirit in which I approach the Dharma: as an imperfect human being vowing to cultivate the Buddha Way in body, speech, and mind.

Thank you for reading!

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1 thought on “About the Author”

  1. Thank you for your insight and encouragement. I am going to visit A2 in November and expect to request seminary. Would love to speak with you. Perhaps you can e mail me. With gratitude,
    David

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