A technician by training and temperament, I happened upon ancient traditions of contemplative practice I had never thought to explore. But when I heard they might lead to an encounter with the nature of mind, I could not walk away from the entrancing prospect they offered. So, foreign as they were to me, I set out on my journey with them.

I wrote this book at a time in my life when I had become keenly aware of the world of care, kindness, generosity, and love my parents bestowed upon me. In honour of them and all the gifts they gave me, not least my life, I’ve chosen a pen name that combines the initials of my father’s first names with my mother’s family name.