Born in New York City in 1947, PAUL WEISS began his zen practice at the age of 18 after several transformative experiences and studied with Japanese teachers in New York and San Francisco. He began his study of tai chi chuan with Master Cheng Man-ching in New York in 1967. the same year he completed an undergraduate thesis at Goddard College in Vermont on non-dualistic psychology and the dialectics of liberation. Weiss was drawn to the coast of Maine in 1969 to study with Walter Nowick, one of the first American zen masters. In 1971, he was initiated into Surat Shabd Yoga by the Indian master Sant Kirpal Sing. His study continued through four trips to India and, much later, eight trips to China, where he was certified to teach by three schools of qigong. In 1981, bringing together his accumulated training in counseling psychology, naturopathic health care, body work therapies, meditation and qigong, Weiss founded the Whole Health Center in Bar Harbor, Maine with his wife Alexandra with whom he raised six children. a Over the years, Weiss's attention has remained on his local community, offering counseling and emotional process work grounded in Buddhist practice, a wide variety of workshops, and Buddhist and Taoist retreats. His True Heart True Mind Retreat, offered several times a year since 1984, has drawn many from afar for its transformative fusion of intensive contemplation and deep two-person communication. His current focus is on working with individuals and couples, teaching in large and small community groups on aspects of human development, and rambling in the Maine woods.
"Paul Weiss fearlessly transmits virtue through sharing with us everything from the prajnaparamita of the New York subway system to the spiritual authority of the wild earth, to loving instructions on how to stay awake in the face of the harsh realities of the world today. With the perspective and inclusiveness that come from a lifetime of practice and realization, he helps us make sense of the world we live in, affirm our deepest nature and capacity as human beings, and bring alive the possibilities for our own engaged practice. Drink deeply." --Sarah M. Vekasi, MDiv, founder of the Eco-Chaplaincy Initiative "Paul Weiss is a Dharma teacher with lots of heart wisdom. I have known Paul for many years, and it is truly exciting to see that he has written this book to capture his deep understanding of the spiritual path. This is a beautiful gift for all of us, and reading it can help to open our hearts." --Anam Thubten Rinpoche, founder and spiritual advisor to the Dharmata Foundation and author of No Self, No Problem and The Magic of Awareness