Doug Osto is a lay Buddhist meditation teacher and a trained hypnotherapist who has studied and practiced Buddhism for over thirty years. He has trained in all three vehicles (Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana) particularly in Vipassana and Zen. Additionally, he holds higher degrees in Buddhist studies from Harvard, the University of Washington and the University of London.
Doug is the founder of “O.S.T.O. Mind Training (Overcoming Self-limitations Through Observation),” wherein he combines his decades of experience in mindfulness, self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy to enable his clients to transcend their self-imposed limitations and overcome their psychological and physical challenges. Doug teaches a mindfulness meditation practice primarily based on the Vipassana technique taught by the late Sri Lankan lay meditation master Godwin Samararatne and the “just sitting” method of Japanese Zen master Dogen. His approach to hypnotherapy is based on the presupposition that “all hypnosis is self-hypnosis,” and sees his role as a facilitator imparting technical knowledge to his clients on how to work positively with the unconscious mind.
Doug has over twenty years experience teaching, and has taught mindfulness meditation in a group setting for over a decade. He also provides individual consultation and has run mindfulness training workshops for multinational corporations and the military. Every Tuesday (6 pm-7 pm), Doug leads a non-sectarian mindfulness meditation at the Theosophical Hall in Palmerston North (304 Church Street). For more information, see the Palmerston North Branch of the Theosophical Society’s website. Occasionally, Doug leads a mindfulness group at Massey University on Thursday afternoons (12.15-12.45 pm). He is available for corporate workshops and individual consultation on mindfulness meditation, self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
Individual consultation = $100/hour
Government or nonprofit workshop = $200/hour
Private corporation = $400/hour
Mindfulness meditation, self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, weight loss, stress reduction, pain management, addiction and much more.
Comments from a participant in a recent workshop with a leading multinational dairy company:
“Doug presented a workshop to our staff on ‘mindfulness’, including its nature, genesis and benefits, and, as an introduction to the concept, took us through an exercise in which we applied mindfulness techniques to our breathing. Not only was the session of great interest to everyone who attended, but the approach clearly has application in our personal lives as well as in the ‘busyness’ of our work lives. Doug is an excellent presenter – very much appreciated!”
— Mike, General Manager, Research & Development
For questions or more information contact Doug at dosto (at) massey (dot) ac (dot) nz, or txt 0210442922.