Dr. Purser is an ordained Zen Dharma teacher in the Korean Zen Taego Order. He received ordination in April 2013 from the Venerable Jongmae Park, Partriarch of the Taego Korean Zen order for the overseas sangha. His Dharma name is Hae Seong, which means “The Nature of Wisdom.”
Dr. Purser’s began studying Buddhism in 1981 as a student at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, and formal Zen training at the Cleveland Zen Center in 1985, receiving precepts from Koshin Ogui Sensei. In the Tibetan Nyingma and Kagyu traditions, Dr. Purser has studied, practiced and taken retreats under the direction of Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche of Nyingma Centers, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde, Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, and Wangdor Rinpoche from Rewalsar, India. His former Zen teachers include Albert Low, Abbot of the Montreal Zen Center, and Sensei Al Fusho Rapaport of Open Mind Zen. He also completed a two year teacher training program for Time, Space and Knowledge (TSK) vision, and a nine month intensive training program, Nondual Psychotherapy, with Dr. Peter Fenner from Australia. Dr. Purser has traveled extensively in Northern India, making pilgrimages to the Holy sites of the Buddha.