In the early 2000s, he developed a deep interest in the relationship between contemplative practice and communication. A graduate of the BayNVC North American Leadership Training, he began teaching the Nonviolent Communication system of Marshall Rosenberg in 2006 and has taught classes and workshops to a variety of individuals and organizations in the S.F. Bay Area and beyond. Since 2010, Oren and Spirit Rock teacher Donald Rothberg have collaborated to offer annually one of the only practice and study retreats in the U.S. exploring the intersection between formal Dharma practice, 'Right Speech' and NVC.
In 2011, Oren went forth as an Anagarika (Buddhist renunciate) and was given the Dharma name Nyāniko ('one of insight or gnosis'), by Ven. Ajahn Sucitto. He spent the greater part of 2011-2013 training at several monasteries in the Western branch of the Ajahn Chah Thai Forest lineage, wearing the traditional white as a sign of dedication to simplicity, renunciation and the Buddhist path of practice. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University and is currently in the IMS-Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. In all of his work and teaching, Oren is known for his clarity, natural presence and deep care.
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