When the student is ready, the teacher will appear

Gautama (Sakyamuni) Buddha

Teachers, guides, mentors and coaches appear in many forms and often when least expected. Many times you never meet them but read their words, listen to an audio or see a video. Or perhaps meet one of their students who introduces you to their work.

I have over the years listened to teachers and heard absolutely nothing that they said. In one ear and out the other. I wasn’t ready to hear what they had to say or teach me. But years later something will lead me to them and I am ready.

I am beginning to build a list here of the teachers, guides, mentors and coaches who have helped me over the past decades. I won’t include people such as my principal when I was in Grade 3 and 4. I got to know him very well because I spent most recesses sitting in his waiting room. He was a wonderful man but I was always in trouble. hahaha

  • Gautama (Sakyamuni) Buddha
  • Confucius
  • Lao Tze
  • Chongyam Trungpa
  • Deena Metzger
  • Denis Diniacopoulos
  • Emmett Fox
  • Henry Mintzberg
  • Herbert Benson, M.D.
  • Jack O’Brien, S.J.
  • James T. McCay
  • Jeannette McCullough
  • John Buell
  • Lucy Becker
  • Mandaza Kandemwa
  • Marc Gervais
  • Martha Lucier
  • Michael Bungay-Stanier
  • Michael Harner
  • Michele Blood
  • Swami Anandakapila Saraswati (Dr. Jonn Mumford)

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