Matthew Sieradski, a Eugene native, graduated from South Eugene High School in 1994 and went on to study at The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington, where he received a B.A. degree in Psychology in 1999. His studies also involved Philosophy of Science. He met his wife Hiromi during college in a senior year program they shared studying Multicultural Psychological Counseling. He was particularly inspired to pursue the path of the healer by their professor, Dr. Heesoon Jun, a Licensed Psychologist, brilliant therapist, and impassioned teacher.
After working in the fields of mental health and special education for two years, he commenced his training in acupuncture and Chinese medicine in 2001 at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (http://siom.edu/). There, he had the good fortune to learn from several luminaries in the field, including Stephen Brown, Dr. Craig Mitchell, and Dr. Daniel Bensky. He has been in private practice since he graduated in 2004 with a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Since 2005, he has been practicing in Eugene, Oregon.
Matthew and Hiromi Sieradski have two children, a son Daishin, born in 2005, and a daughter Mina, born in 2006. They enjoy quality family time reading, making crafts, playing games, and exploring the outdoors. Both children have visited their relatives in Japan many times, making them part of a truly international community. Daishin and Mina attend Middle School.
Hiromi is Matthew’s inspiration, teacher, best friend, and better-half. (Not to mention Japanese master chef.) She is also a healer and Buddhist chaplain, offering Biodynamic Cranial Touch / Stillness Touch sessions and Mindful Living Guidance to clients in Eugene, Oregon (www.hiromisieradski.com).
Medical Training and Licensure:
Matthew holds a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine) from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and is trained in several styles of acupuncture, including Shudo Denmei’s Japanese Meridian Therapy, Yoshio Manaka’s meridian balancing methods, Chinese TCM, and several ear and scalp acupuncture systems. He is also thoroughly trained in the sophisticated methodology of Chinese herbal medicine, and carefully personalizes his herbal treatments to his patient’s health conditions and symptoms. He specializes in musculoskeletal pain conditions, emotional-body regulation, and family medicine. Matthew is licensed by the State of Oregon to practice Acupuncture.
Matthew has been studying and practicing craniosacral work alongside acupuncture in clinic since 2010, after many years of treatments with local expert craniopath Benjamin Bell proved profoundly beneficial to his own health and well-being. Matthew has completed the Upledger Institute’s core curriculum (www.upledger.com), and in May 2018 completed two-years of classroom and clinical training through the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America’s professional training program (www.craniosacraltherapy.org), under the tutelage of his beloved teacher, Robyn Michelle Jones (www.intrinsictouchinstitute.com). In June of 2018, Matthew, accompanied by his wife Hiromi completed a private mentorship intensive with the world-renowned Biodynamic Cranial Touch founder-teacher and author Charles Ridley (www.dynamicstillness.com), and are continuing advanced studies with the equally world-renowned Giorgia Milne (www.touchofpresence.com). Giorgia has asked Matthew to become a teaching assistant for her international courses, and he looks forward to beginning this apprenticeship in the Autumn of 2018. Matthew has a deep love and fascination with cranial work and especially enjoys guiding his clients to profound states of body-mind stillness and integration.
Martial Arts Training:
Matthew’s journey in the martial arts began in 1990, when he commenced training with Master Kyuchin Hwang of Hwang’s Martial Arts in Eugene, studying the Korean discipline of Tae Kwon Do. In 1997, he began intensive study of Northern Shaolin Eagle Claw Kung Fu under Grandmaster Fu Leung. In 2001, he started training with his current martial arts master, Harrison Moretz of the Taoist Studies Institute in Seattle, Washington (www.taoiststudiesinstitute.com). Under Harrison Moretz’s guidance, in Autumn of 2007 Matthew was accepted as a lineage discipline in Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang’s system of Chen-style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan, and represents the 3rd-generation of Hunyuan Taiji and the 20th-generation of Chen-style Taiji. He continues advanced studies in Taijiquan, as well as Baguazhang and Xinyiquan, under Master Moretz.
Matthew’s spiritual path began in 1994 at the age of eighteen. He became interested in mystical spirituality after discovering that his youthful atheistic and materialistic world-view was belied by his own direct experience. After a fruitful but ultimately frustrating autonomous exploration of consciousness studies, he began to pray for a spiritually-advanced teacher.
In the spring of 1998, he began his formal spiritual training with Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim, a highly-trained Tibetan Buddhist lama of the Sakya order and a mental health therapist. He traveled with Geshe Tsultrim and Evergreen State College Professor Ryo Imamura, a Japanese Buddhist Priest, to Nepal. There, he studied Tibetan Buddhism with several lamas of the Sakya order, and also made a pilgrimage to Lumbini in Southern Nepal, birthplace of the Buddha Sakyamuni.
In summer of 2000, he and his wife Hiromi were married by Geshe Tsultrim in a Buddhist service in Seattle, and later that summer he took refuge in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition during a ceremony presided over by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, Supreme Head of the Sakya Tradition, receiving the Tibetan Buddhist Dharma name Kunga Jigme, or “Joyful Fearlessness.”
In 2000 to 2001, he studied with Rinzai Zen Buddhist and Korean Mountain Daoist Master Hyunoong Sunim, at the Dohn-O Zen Center in Seattle. There, he studied Daoist Yoga and Zen.
In 2001, he began the study of Daoist philosophy, martial arts, qigong, and meditation with Harrison Moretz, Longmen Quanzhen Daoist Adept and Director of the Taoist Studies Institute in Seattle.
Lastly, he met his primary spiritual teacher, Joel Morwood, Spiritual Director of the Center for Sacred Sciences, in 2005. (See www.centerforsacredsciences.com) Under Mr. Morwood’s guidance, in Autumn of 2009, Matthew attained decisive and doubtless insight into the nature of his own mind, an awakening that was confirmed by his teacher. This opening stabilized, deepened, and continues to inform his life moment by moment.
In 2010 he was asked to become a spiritual teacher for the Center for Sacred Sciences, a position which he gladly accepted, and on September 21st, 2011, he was ordained as a Minister of the Center for Sacred Sciences.
Matthew has this to say on the subject of his service as a spiritual teacher:
“True freedom is our birthright; to reclaim it we shed every accretion that has come upon our pure and simple essence. These layers that hide our light comprise the conditioning that defends our sense of a separate self. Giving up completely our strategies of self-improvement, self-protection, and self-gratification, through divine grace we find infinite peace and love in the light of the eternal One, our true transcendent Self that is known by many names, such as the Dao, Buddha Nature, God, Allah, and Consciousness-itself.”