Lama Matthew has been practicing Buddhism since his 20’s and as says, “The only accomplishments I can claim about my mediation practice is that it is slow and steady and stuck in first gear. Studying mainly the Tibetan system for Buddhism I have developed an appreciation for the Rime approach towards the different schools with a particular fondness for the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions.” He admits he has been very fortunate in being able to share the knowledge he has gained with others, while his primary practice, off the cushion, is trying to bring a peaceful and joyous mind to all those he meets.
At the beginning of 2016 Lama Matthew became the Spiritual Director of the Rime Buddhist Center & Institute of Tibetan Studies. In this role he is the administrator on a day-to-day basis, yet also teaches classes on meditation and Buddhism and performs Buddhist ceremonies, including weddings and funerals. Matthew is the Buddhist Director on the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council. He is also a member of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.