About Pablo Das and his teachings
I was empowered as a Dharma teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society (ATS) in 2009. I was a member of the founding teachers council at ATS and taught there until 2016. I am a practitioner of Somatic Experiencing (sep), a body centered system for the management and resolution of trauma and am currently assisting professional trainings. I was on the founding treatment team at Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist, trauma informed outpatient treatment program for drug and alcohol Addiction. I trained as a holistic health coach (hhc) at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and studied Food therapy under Annemarie Colbin at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City. I maintain a private coaching practice working with clients one on one, integrating Buddhist practice and principle, trauma resolution and holistic health models. I studied council practice at the Ojai foundation and teach classes on interpersonal mindfulness and authentic self expression. I have taught mindfulness retreats for teens. I worked in suicide prevention for the LGBTQ teen population and teach workshops for the LGBTQ community. I am an indie-folk (antifolk) musician and performer. I live and work in Los Angeles. My writing has been published nationally.
integrating Mindfulness practice into daily life
Mindfulness could be defined as a practice of presence and responsiveness to what's happening within us and around us in the present moment. I have developed a system for teaching mindfulness called "M.I.N.C." (mindfulness and metta, investigation, nonreactive presence and choice) M.I.N.C. is a pragmatic system for the integration of Buddhist mindfulness in daily life. It integrates the most essential teachings of Buddhism into a system designed for increased presence, insight and responsiveness. It is adaptable to the needs of the individual practitioner. From interpersonal work and working with difficult emotions to behavior change, mindful eating or the management of trauma symptoms and the addictive patterns that follow, M.I.N.C is at once an easily practiced system as well as a comprehensive presentation of the fundamental dharma teachings that can take you as deep as you want to go. Look to the teaching schedule where I often offer this as a daylong workshop or a class series.
holistic Wellness and resilience
Outlines a system for establishing and maintaining higher level wellbeing by identifying the variables that impact the way we feel from moment to moment and engage them in such a way as to move us in the direction of higher level wellbeing.
Trauma and Buddhist mindfulness:
I offer a series of workshops designed to give people practices and management skills related to trauma, Trauma is a serious barrier to wellbeing. These workshops are very gentle and permissive. The goal is not to invite and try to resolve any particular content related to traumatic experience, rather they support the process of trauma resolution which is best done in a one on one setting with a trauma informed professional practitioner. Workshop themes include developing awareness based self regulation strategies, working with the experience of self and interpersonal practice. I also consider the impact of trauma on marginalized communities. Contact pablo directly to inquire about one on one trauma resolution work.
Working with Addiction patterns: In my years of experience working in treatment centers, with my private clients and in my own experience with addiction patterns it's become clear that trauma is frequently a core underlying cause of addiction. It's rare that I have seen anyone with an addiction history who doesn't have some form of underlying trauma whether connected to a single event, developmental neglect of abuse or being a member of a historically marginalized community. Trauma changes our brains and nervous systems as well as our physiological responses to life. A person who's system has been impacted by trauma has to navigate a distinct set of challenges to emotional self regulation, their view and experience of themselves and their capacity to be in relationship. We can view addiction patterns as an attempt to regulate the underlying disregulation and longterm effects of traumatic events. While Buddhist mindfulness practitioners are well positioned to navigate the lasting effects of trauma, it is the underlying trauma itself that must be understood and resolved.
All of Pablo's teaching is rooted in and informed by Buddhist practice and principle. He teaches one off classes and workshops on various aspects of the dharma in Buddhist centers around the country. See teaching dates for schedule.
*All coaching and programs are trauma informed and offered with a sensitivity to different experiences of people from diverse backgrounds.
All are welcome.