Tucker Peck, MA is finishing his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Arizona, with a focus on the scientific study of meditation’s effects on the mind, brain, and body. Tucker began training in meditation in 2005 and has studied with Sharon Salzberg of the Insight Meditation Society and Dr. John Yates of Dharma Treasure. Tucker received formal approval to teach meditation from Dr. Yates, whose own approval to teach meditation can be traced, through Ananda Bodhi, to the historical Buddha. While Ananda Bodhi was recognized by the Karmapa, and Tucker’s lineage thus has a Vajrayana history, his teachings come primarily from the Theravada tradition.
Tucker was awarded a research grant from the Mind and Life Institute, which he has used to study the effects of meditation on the sleeping brain. His plans include continuing to work as a psychotherapist, delivering mindfulness-based interventions in the clinic, as well as aiding in the dissemination of mindfulness research.
On the Symposium-Tour, Tucker will lead short Dharma talks and meditations. His boyish, very genuine and fresh approachable buoyancy will add to everyone’s experience during our Bhutan Pilgrimage.