Scott Mandelker completed his doctorate in East West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco in 1992. His Ph.D. combines eclectic Western psychology with intensive study of Eastern religions, and followed upon years of formal training in US and Asian Buddhist temples (in Japanese Zen and Thai Theravadan traditions).
After leaving monastic life, Scott earned a B.A. in Buddhist Studies from Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado in 1987. After receiving an M.A. in Counseling in 1990, he began a private practice in spiritual counseling, which he maintains in San Francisco and upon his travels. He has published over a dozen essays on metaphysics, Eastern religions, and the spiritual meaning of ET contact and the UFO presence.
His interest in the phenomenon of ET identity developed from years of meditation, personal experience, and extensive study of New Age material. Focusing on the reality of cosmic contact and human life at the turn of the millennium, his first book, From Elsewhere: Being ET in America, focuses on those who have uncovered their cosmic roots. His second book, Universal Vision: Soul Evolution and the Cosmic Plan, integrates Buddhist and Eastern wisdom with the metaphysics of ET contact, UFO agendas, and global transformation.