That is Sisyphus contributor Tom Webster (beard, far left) and his son Brett (second from right) and blog post author Laney Siegner (far right) at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) Tiny Home Competition, with some of UC Berkeley’s team. UC Berkeley came in second place overall in the 2016 competition, but also took […]
Tom Webster retired from at UC Berkeley in 2012 after many years of energy and buildings research. This has allowed him to indulge in his long and abiding interests in various intellectual and spiritual genres including philosophy, psychology/cognitive science, technology and society, and Buddhism and Taoism. Tom has a lifetime of experience with psycho-dynamic endeavors: the human-potential movement (1960s), men’s groups, and teenage parents’ support groups; and enjoys boat building and sailing. He currently facilitates a mindfulness meditation group for colleagues and students at UC Berkeley. He resides in Piedmont CA with his wife Chris and enjoys close ties with his two adult children.
After 25 years of meditation practice and related study of Buddhism (including three years in an advanced practice group), I had an epiphany recently that there are just a few salient principles that are the most important to study. This summary is simply my point-of-view interpretations based on practice and study, an ongoing work in […]