Jane English, whose photographs form an integral part of this book, was born in Boston in 1942. She holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in experimental high-energy particle physics in 1970. Her other works include Different Doorway: Adventures of a Caesarean Born, Fingers Pointing to the Moon and The Ceremony Cards. www.eheart.com Gia-fu Feng was born in 1919 in the ancient city of Suzhou. He grew up in Shanghai, where his father was one of the founders of the Bank of China. In meeting Alan Watts in San Francisco and studying at the American Academy of Asian Studies, he found the path he had been seeking. He taught at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, and founded Stillpoint Foundation, a Taoist community in California and then Colorado, where he lived until his death in 1985.