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