David Paul Boaz Dechen Wangdu is Co-Founding Director and Vice President of Copper Mountain Institute, Inc., a tax exempt Buddhist temple and Buddhist and contemplative studies research institute where he teaches Buddhist studies and mindfulness practice.
He is also founder of the Institute’s Mindfulness Prison Project where he teaches Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, Christian and secular mindfulness meditation practice in correctional settings. Here he has established several Buddhist sanghas. He specializes in Psychiatric Services corrections, but also works with General Population.
He has a doctorate in philosophy (Religious Studies), and has lectured in Western philosophy at California State University, and Eastern philosophy at the American Institute of Oriental Medicine. He has studied and practiced with both Eastern and Western meditation masters, and has taught philosophy, meditation and contemplative studies for over forty years. He has been a student of Tibetan Buddhist Dzogchen and Mahamudra master Adzom Rinpoche since 1999.
David is also a philosopher of physics and cosmology with a special interest in our emerging Noetic Revolution—the 21st century rapprochement of objective Science and subjective Spirit/spirituality. He is an outspoken critic of Metaphysical Materialism in science and philosophy and has written extensively on the subject.
David is author of the forthcoming book, The Noetic Revolution: Toward an Integral Science of Matter, Mind and Spirit (2018). His other works include, The Collapse of Objective Reality: Quantum Nonlocality and Buddhist Emptiness (2017); Being and Time: Toward a Post-Standard Model Noetic Reality; Consciousness: What is it Really?; Phenomenology of Transcendental Consciousness (unpublished doctoral dissertation); Pictures from Cathedral Peak (a book of poems and photographs); Shoshin (a little book of Haiku); and The Zen of Wine (a mindful introduction to wine). He has authored more than fifty essays and articles.