About the Author
Thank you for visiting my page. It is kind of you to have shown such interest. I am ordained in the Rinzai tradition of Zen Buddhism. (For those of you who are into such things, I am a 96th generation dharma heir of Shakyamuni Buddha, having been ordained by Koro Kaisan Miles into both the Order of the Boundless Way and the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun. My Japanese dharma name is Kaishin Inshu and my Chinese name is Yin Shi.) However, I'm not into such things. Either my book is helpful or unhelpful. The reviews will be a better guide to that than any robes I wear. I am, by profession, a school teacher and I have used that position to teach meditation to over a thousand children at various schools: thus there is a fair deal of experience behind the ideas in my book. I was also the resident priest at Kidlington Zendo, before moving to Africa. There I gave individual and group instruction in Nairobi and provided Zen outreach in rural Kenya. I am now based in a village outside Prague. There's no Zen scene out here, the Czechs being both conservative and suspicious of religion, but I would like to continue sharing what I have learnt - hence the publication of this book. It's not just a Rinzai Zen book - no sect has a monopoly on truth. In addition to my Rinzai experience, I have also received formal meditation training in the Taoist and Soto traditions and I'm qualified in ayurvedic massage. However, if this is all too oriental for you, please bear in mind that the methods in this book don't require you to believe or disbelieve anything. My sister is a very devout Christian preacher and she enjoyed coming to one of our retreats! I hope you find my book helpful. I know the techniques have changed my life, not in any "road to Damascus" way but subtly, such that one only notices later, when looking back at one's footprints in the sand.