David Daiku Trowbridge has been blessed to be able to pursue dreams of scientific inquiry, world travel, and a spiritual quest. His innate affinity for the natural sciences led to academic training in physics. Then his life took a fateful turn while teaching in a village school in Nepal, situated at the center of the cradle of Buddhism. Later, he connected with a Zen teacher and, as a student of Shodo Harada Roshi, took the precepts in a lay ordination ceremony when he was given the name, Daiku or “Great Emptiness.” An expression of his practice was to join with others and establish Enso House, a home for end-of-life care.
He and his wife, Cynthia, have settled on Whidbey Island, where he is engaged in research, writing and contemplation. Having built an astronomical observatory, he continues his investigation of the cosmos and maintains a healthy sense of awe.