my story

Here’s the (parabolic) trajectory of my life (so far):

  • In 1967, I was born in Astorga, a little town in the northern mountains of Leon (Spain).
  • In 1990, I graduated in Chemistry by the University of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid (Spain).
  • In 1996, I got my Ph.D. also in Chemistry by the University of Oviedo in Asturias (Spain).
  • In 1997, I jumped the ocean and moved to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (California, USA), where I did some research on biomaterials for about 3 years.
  • In 1999, I jumped another even bigger ocean to end up in Japan, where I worked as an associate researcher at Nagoya University for 3 years, in the tiny field of nanomaterials.
  • In Nov. 2002, I did what I always had dreamt to do (and suspect many of you too): I quit my job, gave away all my belongings (except a bicycle and a sleeping bag) and began to travel without fixed destination. I travelled by bicycle all over Japan (I even did the Shikoku pilgrimage of 88 temples). I also did a pilgrimage in India and Nepal.
  • After one year of living as a moving homeless, I decided to settle down and joined a Buddhist monastery that belongs to the Mahayana Chinese tradition (City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, in Ukiah, north of San Francisco).
  • I remained as a trainee for one year and as a novice for another four, in CTTB but also in monasteries of Canada and Berkeley (Institute of the World Religions).
  • In May 2008, I did not take the next step into full ordination, and returned to the lay life.
  • For the past three years, I have written about my two passions: meditation and the mysteries of ancient civilizations.