QFrom what I understand from your book, you learned about Buddhism through snowboarding. How did that knowledge re-direct itself back into your snowboarding and your life?

AOriginally, I was interested in athletic pursuits like snowboarding, martial arts and surfing. When I went to the Himalayas and met a number of Buddhist monks, in particular, Master Fwap and the Oracle, I was introduced to a new way of looking at life. The monks taught me how to meditate, both in a formal sense, that Tibet is sitting meditation, and in an active sense, while you are engaged in physical activities like snowboarding, which I refer to as mindfulness.

Over the years, I have found that the practice of meditation and mindfulness have made me a much better snowboarder and surfer. It also helps considerably in my latest athletic endeavor, scuba diving.

I have also found that meditation has helped me with my academic career and has given me insights into musical composition and software design. In short, meditation has expanded and continues to expand my mind--it has enabled me to draw on an inner strength for physical activities and to access a creative side of myself which has allowed me to compose music, design software and write books.