James studied Zen Meditation in the 1970s through the early 1980s, and taught Mindfulness, Walking and Chant meditation through the 1980s to the present. He taught meditation classes at the Denver Buddhist Temple where he was a lay minisrter from 1987 till 2003 and a certified as a Minister Assistant until 2016. For the last four year he has taught in a clinical setting with Dr. Mary Rogers. James holds a degree in Fine Arts from Mercyhurst University, BS Psychology from State University of New York/Excelsior. Has been trained and has taught in the Buddhist tradition, but presents mindfulness and meditation from a secular and science-based perspective in order to make the practice comfortable to people of diverse spiritual backgrounds.