Michael Smith

Biography

Michael Smith was born in Birmingham UK in 1949. He enjoyed a career in laboratory medicine for 42 years during which time he took a three year break to play music professionally when he wrote and produced his album 'Raindance' in 1978. In 1980 he visited India where he met His Holiness Dalai Lama and was requested to establish a diagnostic laboratory that still flourishes at the Tibetan Delek Hospital in Dhamarmsala to this day. He retired from private practice in 2006 to live in Dharamsala where he writes, plays guitar and studied Buddhism. Returning to the UK in 2011 he now works in the department of Pathology at St Thomas's Hospital London. He has written three novels, Trekking the Path, Knights of Dreamland and Holy Trinity and two short self help books, Flash of Light and Pinstripe Meditation.

Smashwords Interview

why write a book about meditation
Because true happiness comes from within us all. Nothing external such as wealth, fame, power, etc can make us happy, why? because these things in themselves have no ability to create happiness, if they did then everyone who had them would be happy. This is clearly not the case. Therefore happiness must come from our own mind and as we must exercise the body to become fit and healthy so we must exercise the mind to become calm, happy and content. This is why meditation is so important.
Where did you learn meditation
I originally travelled to India in 1980 where I met a young Tibetan. He taught me basic meditation techniques. I then was very fortunate to have met wit His Holiness Dalai Lama who then taught me more about Buddhist philosophy. I have studied meditation since that time. In 2006 I decided to live in India for 6 years where I studied intensely different techniques. I now want to share these techniques with others.
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Books

A Flash of Light
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Price: Free! Words: 9,270. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Stress is a choice that we make to a situation, we do not have to make that choice and can decide to follow a different path. This is a guide to that path.
Pinstripe Meditation
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Price: Free! Words: 6,540. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Pinstripe meditation is a collection of 6 meditation techniques for people in all walks of life but particularly aimed at those in the workplace. The six techniques show how to reduce stress, improve concentration through mindfulness and meditation techniques.
Trekking the Path
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You set the price! Words: 45,330. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
This is the true story of a spiritual journey combined with a very real adventure across the Great Himalayas. A journey on foot that began in Dharamsala, Northern India. The journey took the form of a 21 day trek across the Kashmir Valley and into the remote area of Zanskar, traversing nine passes all above 4000 metres. It is a narrative about physical and mental hardship as well as reward.
Knights of Dreamland
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,030. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Knights of Dreamland is a fairy tale of knights in armour, fantastical creatures and evildoers. Angelina Thomas wakes up to see a strange, knight enter her bedroom wall astride a beautiful talking unicorn. Together they embark on an amazing journey to Dreamland to fight the evil Black Knight who creates nightmares for children. Good triumphs over evil and this is the first of many adventures
Holy Trinity
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 74,570. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Holy Trinity is the story of two priests who desperately want to save their church from demolition by a corrupt town mayor and an obsessed Bishop. In an attempt to raise cash they decide to rent out their church to a Rabbi and Hindu Swami with chaotic and hilarious consequences. Hells angels, the gay community and an inquisitive journalist all combine forces to help the church survive.

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