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 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) as a means of noticing our mental patterns without judgment, and 2) remembering, or returning to, the object of meditation. Cultivating mindfulness helps us see things more clearly. Mindfulness is a means of developing concentration, and subsequently cultivating wisdom.