Carl Jerome. Twenty-five years ago, Carl became a dedicated student of Buddhism. His first teacher was Philip Whalen Roshi. Fifteen years ago he became a student of Master Jiru at the Mid-American Buddhist Association (MABA) in Saint Louis. He became a fulltime resident and teacher at that monastery in 1994, where he became a senior dharma teacher and was granted teaching authority. He is the founding teacher of the North Shore Meditation and Dharma Center in Highland Park, IL, on Chicago’s suburban north shore, where he currently resides.