Curriculum Vitae

John David Dinsmore (Bhikkhu Cintita), Ph.D.

1949. Born, San Francisco, CA, where our family lived half a block from what is now the San Francisco Zen Center.

Cowpoke Dukkha

1949-63. Raised in San Francisco, El Cerito and Larkspur, CA.

1963-7. Redwood High School, Larkspur, CA.

1967-9. University of California at Berkeley, mathematics major.

1969-72. College drop-out, hippy carpenter, travels to Europe.

1972-5. California State University, Sonoma. Linguistics, German language major. Student of Prof. Shirley Silver, an Amerindian linguist in the Anthropology Department.
1975. B.A., Linguistics.


1975-9. University of California at San Diego. Linguistics graduate student, initially focusing in Amerindian linguistics, then Syntax and Semantic Theory. Primary teachers: Margaret Langdon, S-Y Kuroda, Edward Klima, Gilles Fauconnier.
1977. M.A., Linguistics
1979. Ph. D. Linguistics

1979-80. Bielefeld Universitaet, Germany. Research Fellow in Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft. Began meditation practice.

John and Sarah, Germany, 1979

1980-88. Marriage to Sarah Perkins.
1980. Birth of first daughter, Kymrie Dinsmore.

1980-82. University of California at Berkeley. Research fellow in linguistics, basically unemployed.

1982-4. Kansas University. Computer Science graduate student, adjunct professor of linguistics. Thesis in Knowledge Representation, Artificial Intelligence.

Professor Dinsmore

1983. Birth of Son, Warren Dinsmore.

1984. M.S., Computer Science

1984-91. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Assistant Professor of Computer Science. Teaching, research, publishing, primarily focused in Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Natural Language Processing.
1987. Birth of second daughter, Alma Dinsmore.

1991-94. Amber Software, Inc., Carbondale, IL. CEO. Small startup, export and installation of computer systems in Lithuania, initiated with my girlfriend Marie Malinauskas.

1994-95. Intelligent Reasoning Systems, Inc., Las Cruces, NM, Austin, TX. Research Staff. Artificial Intelligence R&D, automated navigation, visual quality control of electronic circuitry.

Proud Father

1995-2000. Microelectronics and Computer Corporation (MCC), Austin, TX. Research Programmer. Speech understanding, automated interpretation of Web texts, Infosleuth project for SQL-based multimedia data retrieval.


1998. Death of estranged girlfriend, Marie Malinauskas.

2000-1. Isochron, Inc. Programmer. Remote communications with vending machines.

2002-2003. Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, CA. Buddhist monastic training.

2003-9. Austin Zen Center, TX. Priest. Practice instruction, lecture, center maintenance, outreach, including teaching Buddhism and meditation in prisons, interreligious cooperation.

2003. Ordination, Soto Zen Buddhist priest/monk. Ordination name: Kojin Hosen (“Vast Compassion, Free River”).
2006. Shuso (Head Student). Formal recognition as dependent Zen teacher.

Zen Priest with Miao Shin

2009-10. Sitagu International Buddhist Academy, Sagaing, Myanmar. Buddhist and Pali studies, teaching English language.

2009. Reordination as Theravada bhikkhu. Preceptor: Sitagu Sayadaw, Ordination name: Cintita (“Good Thinker”).

Publications: Books.

Partitioned representations: a study in mental representation, language understanding, and linguistic structure, Volume 8 of Studies in cognitive systems, Springer, 1991.

Inheritance of Presuppostion, Pragmatics and Beyond II:1, Reidel, 1981.

The Symbolic and Connectionist Paradigms: Closing the Gap (editor), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1992.

Content-based Access to Multimedia Information: From Technology Trends to State of the Art, editor with Brad Perry, Shi-Kuo Chang, David Doermann, Azriel Rosenfeld, and Scott Stevens. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999.

Publications: Articles (selections of about 30 articles)

“Tense choice and time specification in English.” Linguistics 19: 475-494, 1981.

John and Marie, 1989

“Artificial intelligence looks at natural language,” with Christopher Moehle, Poetics 19, 1990.

“Mental spaces from a functional perspective,” Cognitive Science 11(1): 1-21, 1987

“Spaceprobe: A system for representing complex knowledge,” International Symposium on Methodologies for Intelligent Systems, Knoxville, 399 – 407, ACM, 1986.

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