In this lifetime, I have been blessed with an affinity to meet a great many masters of the spiritual, metaphysical, healing and martial arts. This is commonly described as “branch and root gurus”. This means having a main teacher who is our root and sets us off on our path, but whilst we are making our journey to the other side, additional teachers manifest who guide us through specific obstacles we face just for that phase of the journey.

The Root Guru

For myself, my root Guru is His Holiness The Living Buddha Lian Sheng. Through the world honoured one, I learned the Tantras, Vajrayana, Taoism, Sutrayana and Zen – these are the main practices taught within his True Buddha School. I first met His Holiness when I was just 20, having flown internationally to do so. It turned out to be the greatest choice of my life as I have a deep affinity with him. More than 20 years have passed and in this time, His Holiness’ teachings have enabled me to not only overcome a great many of my own obstacles, I’ve also been able to help countless others enjoy greater peace and happiness.
His Holiness The Living Buddha Lian Sheng
His Holiness Living Buddha Lian Sheng established True Buddha School in 1984. Since it has grown to have over 5 million students worldwide with many hundreds of temples. His Holiness has published over 270 books in Chinese with a growing number of these available in other languages. By combining the four major schools of Tibetan Tantra and Vajrayana with the essence of Sutrayana and Zen as well as the metaphysical, inner alchemy and shamanic practices of Taoism, His Holiness created a profound vehicle for our modern times.
All my spiritual ability comes from His Holiness’ teaching and empowerment. If I am helping ancestors out of the lower realms, delivering spirits or demons or breaking curses, 100% of this ability comes comes from having practiced so much that His Holiness’ power flows through me. It took me almost 20 years to really get this! I spent years trying to work out how to do it myself until one day I realised that I could constantly rely on His Holiness to do good whenever needed. As such I now can be very lazy as I do nothing whilst he does all the magic!

Branch Gurus of Buddhism

His Holiness called his school the True Buddha School because he said as long as you are practicing true Buddhism, it will still be considered part of True Buddha School. He encouraged me to always try to attend teachings when masters came to town, regardless of which sect or school they came from. I’ve therefore studied and learned from a wide range of masters including:

  • His Holiness The 17th Karmapa
  • His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama
  • Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
  • Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
  • His Eminence The 6th Ling Rinpoche
  • The 11th Lelung Rinpoche
  • Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
  • The 5th Minyak Tulku
  • Lama Tsultrim Allione
  • Lama Zopa Rinpoche
  • Thich Nhat Hahn
  • Shar Khentrul Rinpoche
  • Reverend Handa
  • Vajra Master Lian Tzi
  • Vajra Master Lian Gao
  • Vajra Master Lian Sang

Branch Gurus of Spirituality

Outside of Buddhism, I also sought to learn from other faiths and traditions. His Holiness always taught me “All faiths hold power; the only difference is the level of attainment but all hold truths”. Chogyal Namkhai Norbu taught me that although refuge in a Vajra Guru is the key to unlocking the Buddhist path, we must hold the gods in high respect for without their support, we will never have the stability and material means to cultivate meaningfully. A few that I have studied from include:

  • Dadi Janki of Brahma Kumaris
  • Sri Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma), the hugging saint of Kerala
  • Mother Meera
  • Pramahansa Sri Swami Vishwananda of Bhakti Marga
  • Swami Atmachaitananya
  • Mohanji
  • Sangoma John Lockley
  • Swami Jayanthi
  • Sadhguru of Isha
  • Sri Mooji
  • Rupert Spira

Masters of the Fighting, Healing & Divination Arts

Lastly, I’ve also trained with a great many masters of the martial, healing and metaphysical arts. Amongst these, the most important would be:

  • Shihan Paul Coleman
  • Sensei George Andrews
  • Sensei Linda Marchant
  • Dato Joey Yap
  • Dr Dietrich Klinghardt PhD

There are a huge many others who have contributed specific insights, encouragement and regular practice and my deepest gratitude goes out to them all; may the merit from all my successes flow to all of you whether named or unnamed, seen or unseen.