Robert Cusick trained at Stanford University in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and is a Stanford certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) instructor. He studied in the Soto Zen Tradition at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, in the Ridhwan School’s Diamond approach with A.H. Almaas (Hameed Ali) and in Spirit Rock’s multi-year Dedicated Practioner’s Program. He ordained in Burma under the world-renowned Burmese Meditation Master, Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, and studied there with him for a number of years. His practice is focused on recognizing and cultivating compassion through the application of mindfulness.
Robert Cusick gave the first talk in a speaker series titled "Living Wisely in the World: Caring for mind, family, society, and planet". There are many benefits to training in sila or by living in integrity with the precepts. When we recognize and respect the importance of integrity as a foundational underpinning of Buddhism and choose to develop it as a personal daily practice, we access a powerful tool that can be used for both our immediate and complete liberation from suffering. By choosing to train in this way, we create the conditions in our own lives to understand and experience what's known as the "Bliss of Blamelessness." This talk by Robert Cusick is about some of the many different ways people are transformed by living in integrity with the precepts and ultimately changed by the bliss of blamelessness.
Robert Cusick gave the third talk in a six-week series titled "Beautiful Mind - Five Faculties". He talked about mindfulness in the service of "getting unstuck". There are two ways to think about mindfulness: 1) a means of noticing our thinking, and seeing what's there, without any judgment, and 2) remembering, or coming back, to the object of meditation. Cultivating mindfulness helps us see things more clearly. And mindfulness is a means to developing concentration, and subsequently, cultivates wisdom.
This is the second talk in a speaker series titled Fundamental Buddhist Principles 2015. The teaching of the Buddha is not about a belief system; rather, it is about deliverance from suffering. His teaching is verifiable by our own experience. Along with this message comes the method of practice that leads to the ending of suffering, and this method of practice is the Noble Eightfold Path. The eight factors of this Path include right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. Liberation from suffering is the inevitable fruit of cultivating this Path.