Andy Couturier is the author of the new book, The Abundance of Less: Lessons for Simple Living from Rural Japan. He spent four years studying sustainable living in rural Japan. There, he worked with local environmentalists, wrote for The Japan Times, and studied how Japanese aesthetics can help us develop new forms of writing. Couturier has also hitchhiked across the Sahara desert, been a researcher for Greenpeace, built his own house with hand tools, and taught intuitive writing for more than two decades. He is a student of many different Asian philosophical systems and is fluent in Japanese.
David Rynick is author of the new book, This Truth Never Fails, A Zen Memoir in Four Seasons. David is a Zen teacher authorized in two lineages, a Korean Linji lineage and Japanese Soto one. He’s a founding teacher of Boundless Way Zen, a rapidly expanding national network of Zen groups. Since 1991 Rynick has worked as a life and leadership coach as part of the International Coaching Federation and through the Coaches Training Institute. He provides faith-based coaching to individuals and peer coaching for clergy from diverse faiths. He has created and led numerous professional workshops and classes on leadership, systems thinking, coaching, meditation, diversity, and creativity, and has served as a faculty member at Cambridge College and the president of his Universalist Unitarian church. A former professional potter and improvisational dancer, he is also an avid landscape gardener as well as licensed as a Certified Maine Kayak Guide. Rynick holds a B.A. and an M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He is the resident teacher of the Boundless Way Zen Temple in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife, also a Zen teacher.
Darren Littlejohn is the author of The 12-Step Buddhist. Darren has the personal experience of living the life of a full-time addict. After taking the rough road of recovery, he went on to earn a BA in Psychology, and became a practitioner of Zen and several systems of Tibetan Buddhism, including Vajrayana (Tantra). Already practicing what he preaches, Darren has dedicated his life to speaking out to others who are seeking a way out of their destructive habits of addiction. He also corresponds with prisoners from the Liberation Prison Project, which brings Buddhist teachings to inmates nationally. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Jim Hardt discusses his book, The Art of Smart Thinking and the work of The Biocybernaut Institute. He has dedicated his life in the research and development of brain wave training and has traveled worldwide to study advanced Yogis and Zen masters, explored Christian prayer and contemplation. Dr. James Hardt has developed a technology based on his research into the neurofeedback field. This technology has demonstrated significant effectiveness in healing and transforming core dimensions of personality.