The liberal Buddhist who writes this blog is me, Tom Cummings. I’m a retired information systems manager, a former executive and personal life coach, a daily meditation practitioner, and a long-time student of Buddhism. I live in Westchester, New York, with Elyse, my wife of nearly thirty years. We’ve been “empty nesters” for seven years now, but we’re fortunate to have our 25-year-old twins, a son and a daughter – he, a doctoral student in environmental engineering; she, a creative writing tutor and aspiring novelist – living and working, respectively, in the nearby cities of Philadelphia and Boston, from which both of them are able to make it back “home” with relative ease for special family occasions as well as for the occasional weekend visit.
I practice meditation in the Vipassana style, which aspires to the gaining of insight into the impermanent and interconnected nature of all things; and I study Buddhism according to the Theravada tradition, which adheres closely to the original teachings of the Buddha as recorded in the Pali Canon. In addition to my daily sitting practice every morning, I attend weekly meditation sessions on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings at the Community Meditation Center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. I’m also constantly reading about meditation and Buddhism in both print and online formats, and if you’re interested in checking out some of the books and websites that I’ve found helpful, please take a look at my Resources page.