Morris Sullivan

Morris S.

Deland, FL

Lesson Details



Morris delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+

Teaching since:
January 2004

I am a meditation/mindfulness teacher and Buddhist minister with a certificate in Japanese Psychology. I am a dharma holder (Zen master) in Rinzai Zen, a certified Path to Freedom facilitator, and have authored two books on Buddhism and meditation: "Wisdom, Compassion, Serenity: First Steps on the Buddhist Path," and "Loving Heart, Peaceful Mind," a workbook for developing the four Brahma-Viharas using traditional meditation techniques along with self-exploration methods adapted from Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy and Japanese psychotherapy. I have led meetings of a Central Florida Buddhist community for 10 years, and speak regularly at Buddhist meetings, Unitarian Churches and other venues.

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Vice Abbot
Jan 2015 - Present
White Sands Buddhist Center

Performs services and gives dharma talks at this Vietnamese monastery while it's abbot is spending two years in Japan. Also officiate meditation retreats and other events.

Tai Chi/Moving For Better Balance Instructor, Faculty Trainer, Director
Jan 2015 - Present
Volusia-Flagler YMCA

Teach Moving For Better Balance, a tai chi program modified to help reduce risk of falls in older adults. Currently teaching two ongoing sessions for members at two of our association YMCA facilities, but also supervise instructors association-wide and train new MFBB faculty in our region.

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Oct 2004 - Present
Volusia Buddhist Fellowship

Primary dharma teacher for this nonsectarian Buddhist organization.


Sensei (Buddhist Minister)
Sep 2008 - May 2010
Bright Dawn Center for Oneness Buddhism
Masters in Business Administration
Sep 1985 - May 1987
Rollins College


Methods of Japanese Psychology
Nov 2015
ToDo Institute

Received a certificate in Methods of Japanese Psychology, which is not specifically Buddhist, but derived from Zen- and Pure Land-based practices designed to help students enhance their lives.

Facilitation Skills
Mar 2015

This certification is required of YMCA faculty who train other trainers and teachers. It covers meeting facilitation and individual coaching that is designed to help the master trainer guide others to become better teachers and trainers.

Moving for Better Balance Instructor
Oct 2014

Certified to teach Moving for Better Balance, an exercise program drawn from Yang style tai chi movements, adapted to help older adults be less at risk of injuries from falls.

Path of Freedom
May 2014
Prison Mindfulness Institute

This is a Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence (MBEI) program that was developed by the Prison Mindfulness Institute for inmates and at-risk youth. However, the content is similar in many ways to Google's "Search Inside Yourself" program, an MBEI program that is very popular among Google employees and which has been featured in a book by the same name.

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Tai Chi Instructor, Si Hing Level
Aug 2008
Golden Phoenix Foundation

Certified to teach to the Intermediate level in traditional Yang style tai chi.


Gold Medals
Jul 2014
International Chinese Martial Arts Championships

Photos & Videos

Morris' Introduction to the Community.
In this video, Sensei Morris Sekiyo Sullivan discusses the practice of Japanese Psychology in a Buddhist context.
One from a series of "Buddhism Basics" talks given at Volusia Buddhist Fellowship meetings in early 2014.
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9 Reviews

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Taryam A. Dec 13, 2017
Qigong · Online

A wonderfully kind and patient coach. A calm and professional manner in all things, his sense of peace and tranquillity is easily transmitted over the web, not an easy task. My thanks to him.

Henry T. Jul 26, 2017
Meditation · Online

Thanks. Good experience. First lesson and I will sign up for more.

SD Mar 10, 2017
Qigong · Online

Knowledgeable and down to earth. Easy to talk with and great rapport. He's the real deal.

Krishnaj G. Dec 23, 2016
Meditation · Online

Excellent teacher. Glad I made this connection.

nicole B. Aug 2, 2016
Meditation · Online

great teacher very caring & patient, i highly recommend him.

Neil Dec 9, 2015
Meditation · In studio

I have attended Sensei Morris' Wednesday Dharma talks in DeLand for over a year and it had been a truly enriching experience. His broad knowledge of Buddhism and meditation is effectively conveyed through his superb communication skills. Further, his approach to and understanding of the Dharma as a Westerner offers a bridge to fledgling Buddhists such as myself who get lost in esoteric discourse. If you are looking to expand your mindfulness, he is a marvelous teacher.

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MuYo Dec 8, 2015
Meditation · In studio

I recently took a Buddhist refuge vow under Sensei Sekiyo Sullivan. His teachings are fathomable and logical. I gained more insight sitting in his meditation class than any other similar classes I had ever been. I am in gratitude to have him as my mentor.

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PETER T. Dec 7, 2015
Meditation · In studio

As a Buddhist for 15 years or more , I found my way to the Volusia County Buddhist fellowship and Sensi Morris while relocating to Deland FL a few years ago..I found Morris's meditation group and his teachings very enlightening ESPECIALLY for people who are just starting to learn about the Buddha and his teachings. I especially enjoy his teachings at The WHITE SANDS BUDDHIST CENTER in MIMS,FLA. Should anyone be fortunate to visit that area..Keep up the good work both Sensi Morris and Sensi Michele...PETE from COLORADO..

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Mara Dec 6, 2015
Meditation · In studio

i enjoy Morris's teaching. He is very approachable. I have been a meditator for over 30 years. He speaks with life experience and compassions.

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