Santiago is a Zen monk authorized to teach in the lineage of Zen Master Genpo Roshi, as well as a multi-instrumentalist musician, music producer, and industrial engineer.
Santiago has a focus on clarity and depth. In his teaching, he integrates what is usually understood as the gradual and sudden approaches to awakening, combining the systematic development of the mind found on some Buddhist traditions, with the immediate realization that is characteristic of some forms of Zen.
He has worked in different countries with individuals and groups ranging from indigenous tribes to multinational executives, sometimes in the same setting. Witnessing how people so apparently different can share the experience of awakening together has been a powerfully transformative experience for him.