Wide Ocean (dharma name) has had a longstanding interest in mahayana philosophy and metaphysics as well as other streams of Indian and East Asian philosophy. In his twenties he practiced Zen meditation in Zen halls in Korea and Japan under a number of different Zen masters. In 1996 on a trip to India he met and spent time with Vimala Thakar. Since then he has maintained an “open” approach to life and living.