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- I’m from Maryhill, Glasgow, where I once again live after 22 years in the US, which I left because: Trump. I teach Zen wherever I’m invited — and to whoever asks me, wherever I am. I'm the Abbot of City Cave Zen Sangha.
- I’ve written more than a dozen books. I also wrote the script for a short film. Sometimes readers tell me they prefer my Zen writing, or my other writing. I say it’s all Zen.
- I'm not interested in Zen as a dogma, an identity, or something to believe in, but as a practice of wisdom, compassion and enlightenment arising from meditation.
- The London Times called me “a young master,” back when I was young and masterful.
- Details called me “one of the real literary finds” back when I was real literary.
- The Book of Man was chosen as a best book of the year by the American Library Association. When It All Comes Down to Dust was a Mystery People best book of the year, and The Wrong Thing was a finalist for the Spinetingler Magazine best novel of the year in the Legend category, even though I’m not a legend. Kill Your Self: Life After Ego is a pragmatic guide to Zen practice.
- Four of my novels and a collection of my stories have been translated into French. The French magazine Premiere called me “a white trash Buddhist monk” with “an uncompromising vision, but also full of tenderness and compassion, that makes him one of the most touching and interesting authors of his generation.”
- My work has been been published in magazines including Harper’s, Salon, Flaunt, Las Vegas Life, The Big Click, Narratively, PANK and Nerve. My account of witnessing two executions won a FOLIO Silver Medal in the Best Single Article category.
- I’m a socialist and urbanist, passionate about public housing, public transport, sustainability and universal basic income.