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Peter had the good fortune to meet the Tibetan Lama Thubten Yeshe, founder of the Foundation for the Presentation of the Mahayana Tradition in 1974. Lama Yeshe accepted him as his student and in 1978 he was ordained as a monk. In 1983 he completed a PhD in the philosophical psychology of the Madhyamika school of Mahayana Buddhism. His other teachers included Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Thubten Loden, Geshe Lhundup Sopa, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and Sogyal Rinpoche. After nine years as a celibate monk, Peter handed back his ordination. As a postmonastic he embarked on an intensive exploration of Western forms of healing and therapy. In 1986 he began offering adaptations of Mahayana wisdom to mental health professionals. His workshops integrated Buddhist Non-Dual wisdom with an understanding of group dynamics. He subsequently founded the Center for Timeless Wisdom, a Californian non-profit organization, which offers contemplative dialogues and retreats in Australia, USA, Europe and Israel. In response to requests from the many mental health professionals who attended his workshops, Peter has taught the principles and practices for a Non-Dual psychotherapy. He also offers individual counselling sessions to clients in many countries. Peter's books include "Radiant Mind - Awakening The Unconditioned Awareness" (Sounds True, 2007) "The Ontology of the Middle Way" (Kluwer, 1990) "Reasoning into Reality" (Wisdom Publications, 1994) "Essential Wisdom Teachings" (with Penny Fenner, Nicolas-Hays, 2001) and "The Edge of Certainty: Paradoxes on the Buddhist Path" (Nicolas-Hays, 2002). "Sacred Mirror: Non-Dual Wisdom and Psychotherapy" (Editor, Omega Books, 2003). His psychological essays have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Contemplative Psychotherapy, Revision, Journal of the International Association for Spiritual Psychiatry, Psychologia (Tokyo).
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