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Awakened by Zen, doubly awakened by Pureland, yet very much a free thinker, my life has become a continual pilgrimage, an attempt toward greater appreciation of truth and deeper understanding of love. Along the way I have written books on psychology, spirituality and culture and a volume of poetry...
Having been fortunate enough to have studied under some amazing teachers, both from Asia and from the West, I dedicate my life to Dharma, though not in a particularly conventional manner. I write books, I travel and I teach, especially via Zen Therapy and Buddhist Psychology, am head of the Amida Order, president of ITZI (Instituto Terapia Zen Internacional) and patron of the Tathagata Trust. I have been involved in setting up a number of educational and social work projects as well as intentional communities.
# I am no saint. I am just a person who is willing. I have the same hunger and thirst, sexual and material desires as anybody else, but I have chosen to follow my star and it has led me to this. # I have always been a critic - I very early realised that if most people think something is so then it probably isn't. # Religions are all too human attempts to express reverence for the deepest intuition of our heart. # It does not matter whether Buddha is a god or not, but it matters hugely whether your god is a Buddha. # We are all students. # If you want to travel with me and help the Work, I'm here.
See KEYNOTE at the International Conference on Other Centered Approaches, Berkeley, California, February 2011
TEACHING: I lectures in Dharma centres, universities, and public venues and can be consulted and invited. His schedule is planned twelve months ahead so please make allowance.
BACKGROUND: I was born in 1947, part of the generation of hope after the war, and travelled from an early age. My career included periods as a social worker, psychotherapist, psychodramatist, organisation consultant, educator and Buddhist priest. I have done a lot of work in the area of community development, team building, leadership development, generating innovative social projects and building alternative social communities and invented a method called Pandramatics as well as Zen Therapy and the Other Centred Approach.
FORTH-COMING TRAVELS public lectures and events 2012
March: UK, Netherlands, Belgium, UK; April: UK, Seville, Milan, UK, Canary Islands May: Canary, UK, Spain (Bilbao); June: Bilbao, UK; July: France; Undecided August: Korea; September: Japan, UK; October Buddhist Teachers in Europe gathering, Canary Islands; November: Galicia, France, Canaria, UK December: UK, Belgium; January: Belgium, Israel, Spain; February: Spain, Belgium, UK;
The people I have known personally who have influenced me most in life, apart for my close relatives:
- Nai Boonman, who taught me sammatha meditation
- Chogyam Trungpa, who introduced me to Vajrayana
- Anne Trembath, who taught me psychotherapy and psychiatric social work
- Carl Ransom Rogers, psychologist
- Jiyu Kennett, who taught me Soto Zen
- Mary Midgley, who shared her approach to philosophy with me
- Gisho Saiko, who entrusted me with the hope of bringing Pureland to the West
- Al Bloom, with whom I share many common aims
- Celso Navarro, Zen Master and close friend
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