Following 10 years in the European hotel business, 25 in Canadian adult education, and a doctorate in educational leadership (UBC), I retired from paid work in 2001 to enter monastic training in Zen Buddhism. From there I took a vow “to be of service,” received jukai and the name Daishin (“boundless heart”) from Chozen and Hogen Bays, went to San Francisco to train in end-of-life care, worked in hospice spiritual care, and completed Jon Kabat-Zinn’s basic training in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).
To continue training in compassion, I go on silent retreats and teach mindfulness-related classes at Monterey Community Centre in Oak Bay. Along with certified therapy pet “Waldi von Schnitzel, I volunteer to bring joy to people in cancer and psycho-geriatric care. I’m not an authorized teacher and make no claims to knowledge or authority.
I’ve taken up student life again, working towards an MA in Germanic Studies with a research project on Germany’s troubled history with euthanasia and physician-assisted dying.
“Peter is a kind, gentle, powerful teacher. He offers a plethora of meditation tools to guide his students along their path of mindfulness. He’s without pretensions and uses humour and humility to great effect.” ~ Nigel D.
“Peter brought serenity and balance back into my life during a time of crisis. I continue to use the techniques I learned in his meditation sessions on a daily basis. When I can’t attend a class, I listen to his recorded words — that voice is such a gift. I feel so blessed to have Peter be part of my healing journey.” ~ Oma Brenda