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  • Ages 18–32
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5′ 10″ (1.78m)
Mostly vegan
Not at all
Buddhism, and laughing about it
Working on masters program
Doesn’t have kids
Has cats
English (Fluently), Spanish (Okay), Sanskrit (Poorly), Tibetan (Poorly)
My self-summary
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"Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible" - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

My name is Sam, but some of my friends call me "Samwise." I'm a bit of a Buddhist/Poet/Writer/Philosopher/Social Worker person.

I would describe myself as kind, loving, compassionate, honest, patient, warm, open and sometimes scholarly. I can get very anxious at times or down. I tend to think deeply, but also try to be a warm and friendly influence. I would never claim to be perfect; I'm a human being. I'm my own worst critic more often than not.

I've traveled a bit; I've been to China, Tibet, Japan and England so far. I visited China and Tibet in middle school, Japan as part of a college Art History class on Buddhist and Shinto art and architecture, and England to meet my Spiritual Guide, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, and receive teachings from him. Most recently, I went to New York for a meditation retreat at an International Buddhist Festival.

I love tea, especially Japanese greens, Taiwanese oolongs, and pu'er (aged tea). I am also a fan of incense and aromatherapy :-)

"Everything you can imagine is real." - Pablo Picasso

I tend to be an idealist and believe in peace, compassion, and the power of the human mind. I sometimes have trouble living up to my ideals (again, the human being thing). I'm not preachy, though, I just try to do my best. I consider myself a LGBTQ ally, a feminist, and a champion of human rights.

Politically, I'm solidly in the left. I am for anything that reduces suffering and promotes peace and harmony. I also see the immense importance of caring for the environment. This is our only home, after all. I believe that everyone has the right to live a full and happy life with food, medicine, shelter, care, dignity and love.

I love to write poetry; I've actually self-published two books for the Kindle.

I try to transform whatever life brings so that I may learn from the experience and grow as a person.

"We sit, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains." - Li Po
What I’m doing with my life
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I'm now two years into my Master's in Social Work (MSW) through a part time university program. I'm super excited! The program takes 3 + years to complete. Social justice is becoming a big part of my life, especially recognizing the oppression many suffer here and around the world.

Prior to starting the MSW program, I volunteered at an adult day program (for the elderly and disabled) as a spiritual counselor. I volunteered there two to three times a week for a little over a year. I taught meditation, poetry and assisted with various activities.

In 2010, I graduated with my BA in Comparative Religion within the the Jackson School of International Studies with full honors and a minor in Sanskrit at the University of Washington. I also nearly minored in Art History.

I try to meditate every day and spend more than a little time reading, visiting tea houses and visiting old friends. I go to a Buddhist Temple, where I study and learn to meditate. I'm also getting more into writing and reading poetry, social justice issues, and computer gaming.

"The universe begins to look like a great thought, rather than a great machine." - Sir James Jeans

I am very open minded, but spirituality is important to me. I've found meditation indispensable when it comes to staying calm through the storms that life throws sometimes. I actually taught a secular meditation class on the UW campus for three years, helping people let go of a lot of the stress that college can dish out.

"More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness... We think too much and feel too little..." - Charlie Chaplin
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
"Gnōthi Seauton" or "Know Thyself" - Temple of Apollo at Delphi

- Meditation (well, I enjoy it at least haha!)
- Smiling sincerely :-)
- Staying in touch with friends
- Making loose leaf tea
- Philosophical discussions (usually with tea)
- Writing poems with no editing
- Making friends
- Practicing patience
- Caring about strangers
- Living out of my planner
- Not sleeping well :-P
- Driving very fast radio-controlled model cars (see below)
- Thinking too much about obscure topics
- Taking the bus... everywhere
The first things people usually notice about me
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- My smile (I've heard more than once that my smile makes other people smile)
- My sense of calm (it doesn't come naturally at all, though)
- My red beard, sometimes
- My "kind eyes" as more than one person has put it
- I'm described by many friends as the kindest person they have met; I try my best :-)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: Buddhist/Meditation books by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Geshe Rabten, Lama Yeshe, Thupten Jinpa or Thich Nhat Hanh, Geshe Sonam Rinchen

"If you can't see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror." - Shane Koyczan

My favorite poets are Rumi, Hafiz, Wallace Stevens, William Blake, Sylvia Plath, Robert Duncan, Saul Williams, W.B. Yeats, Drew Dellinger, Tagore, Shane Koyczan and others.

"Life is a beautiful struggle..." - Macklemore

Most of the books I read are either about spirituality or poetry. I try to read fiction, but it often doesn't hold my interest for very long.

"Who dreamed that beauty passes like a dream?" - W.B. Yeats

Movies: Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, I <3 Huckabees, Water, The Matrix, The Dark Knight, Cowboy Bebop: the Movie, Amelie, Ghost in the Shell II: Innocence, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Monsoon Wedding, Batman Begins, Coffee and Cigarettes, Star Trek, Full Metal Alchemist, Gladiator, Nausicaa, Akira, V for Vendetta, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Into Darkness, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Kundo

"Have you ever had a dream that you were so sure was real?" - The Matrix

Music: Ravi Shankar, The Beatles, Blind Pilot, Noah Gunderson, Thievery Corporation, Massive Attack, Anoushka Shankar, Azam Ali, Thao, Feist, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, SHAKE YOUR PEACE!, Jimi Hendrix, Air, CocoRosie, M83, Bach, Yo Yo Ma, Mozart, Macklemore, Damien Rice, Fences

Food: I'm a strict vegetarian for ethical, spiritual, and ecological reasons. I love Thai food when I eat out, yakisoba, pho and Indian food. I aspire to be vegan... it's tough!
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
The best things in life aren't things... that aside:

1) Wonderful, supportive friends and family
2) Love & Compassion
3) Tofu
4) Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's books, teachings, and inspiration
5) Meditation & Contemplation
6) My spiritual community, or "Sangha"
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
- My Wonderful Friends
- How to Practice Contentment
- How to Live Simply
- Kindness
- Compassion
- The Nature of Reality
- Inner Peace
- Buddhism
- The Mind
- The Brain
- Really Fast RC Cars
- Interconnectedness
- Social Justice
- Mental Health and Mental Illness
- Ethics and Ethical Dilemmas
- The Human Heart & Spirit
- Obscure Quotes (apparently)
- Batman
- Cocorosie lyrics
- Patient Acceptance
- Finding a Partner
- Gender Norms and Oppression
- Heterosexism, Ableism, Ageism
- Feminism
- Specism
- My Spiritual Guide, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Busing up to Seattle to see family or out to a nice vegetarian dinner. My Fridays tend to be very quiet; I'm not much of a partying or bar-hopping person.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I am a competitive radio-controlled car racer... yeah. I often joke that it's my alter-ego because it's so different from my other interests (hence a Batman fan... that's another story). I was a regional champion and competed on the national level in the past.

I guess this is not really an embarrassing thing as much as it surprises people. I raced from ages 11 to 18, then became interested in other things like poetry, spirituality and so on. And college happened. That too.

At age 24, I started to race again. It's very fast, very competitive, and a ton of fun (mostly), but also surprisingly expensive and time-consuming. We race at Magnuson Park twice a month during the winter season. I race mostly in Tacoma during the summer.

Apparently I love profound quotes ;-)
You should message me if
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you are intrigued by anything mentioned above! I'm starting to understand I'm not the typical guy, though that phrase is probably quite typical I imagine...

*Note: I live in Shoreline half of the week, Tacoma the other half of the week.