Fred H. Meyer, MD, is a retired physician and longtime practitioner of Buddhism. He taught academic medicine at Louisiana State University before entering private practice in internal medicine and rheumatology in Fort Collins, Colorado, retiring in 2009.
Dr. Meyer began his Dharma practice in the Soto Zen tradition under Dainin Katagiri Roshi. In 1980, he became a student of the seminal Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, living for two years at Trungpa Rinpoche’s first practice center in North America and serving as a personal attendant to Trungpa Rinpoche until his passing in 1987.
During his forty years as a Buddhist, Dr. Meyer has met and studied with many of the most important teachers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Katagiri Roshi, John Daido Loori, Taizan Maezumi Roshi, and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. A senior student in the lineage of Shambhala Buddhism, he has received advanced transmissions in the Kagyu, Nyingma, and Shambhala traditions, and has practiced them for over four decades in both everyday meditation and solitary retreats. He is a founding member of the Fort Collins, CO, Shambhala Center, and has taught in residence in Fort Collins and Hilo, HI, for the past ten years.
Dr. Meyer’s prior books include In the Buddha’s Realm: A Physician’s Experiences with Chögyam Trungpa, A Modern-Day Buddha (2002), an account of his years as a physician and student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche; Don’t Give Up Until You Do: From Mindfulness to Realization on the Buddhist Path (Llewellyn, 2012), an accessible introduction to key experiences on the Buddhist path; and Beyond Belief: Life on the Buddhist Path (2019), on how Buddhist insights and practices can address the fundamental problems of the human condition.