John McQuade is a long time student of Sakyong Trungpa Rinpoche, Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He served on the Toronto Shambhala Center Council for twenty years including the Director twice. He is a Shambhala Training teacher and Maitri Five Wisdoms teacher. He founded Nalanda Miksang Contemplative Photography (www.miksang.org) and the Moon and Sun Contemplative Haiku group. He teaches the View and practice of the contemplative arts (www.dralaimage.com). He co-authored, with Miriam Hall, two books: Looking and Seeing and Heart of Photography. He holds a PhD in Phenomenology and teaches in academic institutions. He is married to Alice Yang and enjoys family life with their children Tara and Sean.