Dan Rodman has been studying and practicing meditation for over 18 years. His influence is primarily Buddhism, as are most modern forms of meditation today, though what he teaches is not Buddhism but a more universal approach to understanding meditation.He has familiarized himself with all major theistic traditions and modern expressions of spirituality as well as thoroughly studied the most recent scientific theories on life, and for that reason he is capable of teaching a devout religious or spiritual practitioner as well as a scientific atheist. Whether your disposition is to learn meditation for purely practical reasons or if you want to dive into your spiritual life, Daniel is capable of offering meditation instruction that suits you. Daniel has participated in numerous meditation retreats, and has learned from some of the best teachers in meditation including Thich Nact Hanh, and Geshe Khensur Wandak Rinpoche (former abbot of the H.H. The Dalai Lama's monastery). He is delighted to offer insight into the path of meditation and wishes for a fruitful transformation.   

                                                            DANIEL ALVAREZ RODMAN

  

EDUCATION

Connecticut College, New London, CT                        2007

B.A. in Philosophy, Religion focus. 

    Cumulative GPA: 3.41, Major GPA: 3.67

Semester abroad, Students for International Training Program            2006

    Tibetan Studies: India, Nepal, Bhutan

Northfield Mount Herman, Northfield, MA                        2003

Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough, MA                2002

--Fluent in spanish

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

 

Susan K. Langer Prize, Connecticut College                    2007

     Departmental award recipient for excellence in Philosophy

Philosophy Dept. Faculty Search Committee, Connecticut College        2006

     Chair, Student Advisory Board

Dean’s Honors, Connecticut College                        Fall 2003

Spring 2006

Spring 2007

Dean’s High Honors, Connecticut College                        Spring 2005

Fall 2006

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Physician Wellness Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA        2020 – present

Meditation Instructor, weekly class for physicians

 

The Coleman Institute Rehabilitation Clinic, Wellesley, MA                2019 – present

Meditation Instructor to patients struggling with addiction

 

Synergy Private Health, Chestnut Hill, MA                        2018 – present

Meditation Specialist, regular individual and group classes for members

 

Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester, Dorchester, MA                 2018 – present 

Meditation Instructor, weekly class for youth members and families

 

Greenwood Shalom After School Program, Dorchester, MA             2018 – present 

Meditation and Music Instructor, weekly for youth aged 6-12

In-person instruction currently paused due to coronavirus

 

Dorchester YMCA, Dorchester, MA                            2016 – present

Meditation Instructor, weekly guided meditation class

In-person instruction currently paused due to coronavirus

 

Private Meditation Instruction, Greater Boston Area, MA                2015 – present

Weekly mindfulness and meditation classes focused on stress reduction

 

Praising Shadows Gallery, Brookline, MA                        2021

3-part meditation series for Yuri Shimojo art installation 

 

West Roxbury YMCA, Roxbury, MA                            2018 – 2019

Meditation Instructor, weekly guided meditation class 

 

Centro De La Comunidad, Hurley Public School, Boston, MA            2012, 2016

Group leader for children aged 5-12; music, meditation, games

Spanish-speaking role

 

Omega Institute, Teen Camp, Rhinebeck, NY                    2005

Seasonal Staff Member; meditation, music, spirituality, community-building

 

Mary E. Finn Elementary After-School Program, Southborough, MA        2002

Program staff overseeing 14 kids aged 5-7

 

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

 

Beacon Hospice Care, Charlestown, MA                        2020 – present

Clinical liaison, emotional support, music and guided meditation upon request

Spanish-speaking role

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Boston, MA                    2020 – present

Big brother to 14-year-old boy

 

The Pine Street Inn, Shattuck Shelter, Jamaica Plain, MA                2018 – present

Meditation Instructor to individuals struggling with addiction, homelessness,

and other psychopathology

 

Brooke House Residential Reentry Program, Boston, MA                2020

Meditation classes for formerly incarcerated individuals

 

The Pine Street Inn Soup Kitchen, Boston, MA                    2019 – 2020

Volunteer serving food for the homeless

 

Santa Teresa Proyecto Alcatraz, Venezuela                          Summer 2002

Meditation Instructor for at-risk youth (e.g., gang involvement, addiction)

Spanish-speaking role

 

INVITED TALKS

 

Boston Behavioral Medicine, Brookline, MA                    2021

Meditation and Mindfulness for Therapists

 

Pine Street Inn Shattuck Shelter Staff Meeting, Jamaica Plain, MA        2020

Leveraging Meditation for the Treatment of Addiction and Mitigating Stress 

 

Massachusetts General Hospital Physicians Group Meeting, Boston, MA    2019

Meditation and Stress Reduction for Cardiovascular Disease

 

Synergy Private Health Board Meeting, Chestnut Hill, MA                2019

Meditation and Stress Reduction 

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

 

Cultivate Wellness Podcast on Spotify                        2020

Invited guest for “Understanding Meditation”, Episode 86

 

Dharma Discussion Group                                2020 – present

Member, weekly meeting discussing various Buddhist topics

 

Meditation and Spirituality Meetup Group                        2020 – present

Founder, weekly meeting with several regular members

 

Intuitive Meetup Group                                2020 – present

Founder, weekly meeting with several regular members

 

BUDDHIST PRACTICE

 

Practicing student of Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche                2004 – present

Former Abbot of the Dalai Lama's Monastery

Chenrezig Center in Middletown, CT

 

Ongoing study of the Lamrim Chenmo, basic text of Gelukpa tradition 

of Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy.

 

Formal Retreats:

Sravasti Abbey, Newport, WA                            2017

Seven-day mindfulness retreat

 

Lama Surya Das at Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY                2006

Seven-day silent Dzogchen meditation retreat

 

Cambridge Zen Center, Cambridge, MA                        2004, 2006

Three-day weekend mindfulness retreat

 

Lama Surya Das at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY                2005 

Five-day Dzogchen meditation retreat

 

Venerable Thich Nacht Hanh, Easton, MA                        2003, 2005 

Five-day mindfulness retreat

 

Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA                        2004

Ten-day silent vipassana and metta retreat

 

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Barre, MA                    2003

Three-day weekend mindfulness retreat

 

MUSICAL EXPERIENCE

 

Private Music Lessons                                 2007 – present

Voice, guitar, digeridoo, hand drum, and composition 

Weekly classes

 

Musical, “The Last Days of Doo-Wop,” Stoneham Theatre, MA            2013

Lead Actor, role of Richie

 

“Stuck” Documentary Soundtrack Selection, dir. Thaddaeus Scheel        2013

“All Our Love” original composition

 

Nashville Singer-Songwriter Retreat, Martha’s Vineyard, MA            2013

Invited participant in intensive songwriting retreat with industry professionals

 

Collective Jam Album, Boston, MA                            2013

5 original compositions; performed voice, guitar 

 

Tree of Lights Album, Boston, MA                            2011

12 original songs; performed voice, guitar, piano

 

Dan Rodman Band, Boulder, CO and Boston, MA                    2008 – 2015

Touring singer-songwriter and bandleader performing voice, guitar, piano

ENERGY HEALING EXPERIENCE

Reiki attunement levels 1 and 2.       2005-2007

Private course in energy dynamics and healing work with Mary Verhoeven, Proffesional Energy Healer 2008

Private energy healing practice  Fairfield, IA, home of the Transcendental Meditation Movement in the US. 2009

Energy Healing Meetup Group

brought people together to share and learn about how to offer energy healing  2017, 2021

Current modality inspired by Tibetan Buddhist as well as Christian faith, but spiritually universal in nature.

OTHER SKILLS

Language Skills: Fluent in Spanish, novice in Japanese

Technical Skills: Zoom platform for remote services, Musical recording platforms