When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach meditation to students, teach mindfulness to school/university teachers and business, run my own meditation centre, run twice weekly meditation practices in the park (sitting in stillness and silence practice) and do my own daily meditation practice.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually, I am not a natural writer. I have to be honest and say I do not really like writing books, but I feel I have a lot of knowledge in this area, and so I feel I should share it. The first book I wrote is this one and it took me about one year to write, but actually, I meditated on what I was going to put in the book for more than one year.
Have you written other books?
Yes, I have also written 'Life's Meandering Path', which is a secular look at Gautama Buddha's teachings.
How do you approach cover design?
This may seem a bit strange, but I meditate on the content of the book and see what images come to my mind. I then try to transfer that to paper.
What do you read for pleasure?
Oh dear, don't think bad of me, but I do not read books for pleasure. I only read books for study purposes. Although, I get pleasure out of studying.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I find social media the best, especially Facebook, Twitter, Google plus and Reddit.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wrote this book because, as a Buddhist monk, lots of people were coming to me because they were confused about what being a Buddhist really means. It seems lots of people were getting themselves all tangled up with ritual practices, ceremonies, dogma and mysticism. So I decided to write down Gautama Buddha's foundation teachings in an easy to follow, and jargon free way. The book will guide you through his foundation teachings in a simple to understand way. At the end of each section I have written a contemplation, so you can fully absorb what I have written.
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