Brian, the founder of Illumination Institute, has practiced mindfulness for more than 20 years, and is passionate about helping others cultivate their own practice to achieve peace and happiness. He has experienced a wide range of cultures and professions, and found that cultivating a sense of awareness and presence would benefit his quality of life in any set of circumstances. For the past 15 years, Brian has worked with families, individuals and businesses to prevent and resolve conflict as an estate planning and business attorney. He found that wealth and success do not always bring happiness into people’s lives, and that even the wealthiest people struggled with stress and unhappiness. Born in Vietnam, Brian has practiced mindfulness techniques from a wide range of cultures, including Qi Gong and Tai Chi, nonreligious meditative practices of ancient Chinese tradition. Brian has completed the Mindfulness Fundamentals for teachers and Mindful Educator Essentials training through Mindful Schools, and the Mindful Educator Retreat through Peace in Schools. He has also participated in the Resilient Mindful Learner Summer Institute workshop put on by the Center for Healthy Kids and Schools at the Orange County Department of Education. Brian completed his Juris Doctor at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. He later earned an M.B.A. at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club.