Mark Matousek is the author of two award-winning memoirs, Sex Death, Enlightenment: A True Story (an international bestseller) and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man's Search For His Lost Father (Los Angeles Times Discovery Book), as well as When You're Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living and Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life. As a collaborator, he worked with Sogyal Rimpoche on The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Andrew Harvey on Dialogues with a Modern Mystic, and Ram Dass on Still Here. A featured blogger for Psychology Today, Purple Clover, Huffington Post, and Contemplative Journal, he has contributed to numerous anthologies and publications including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine (contributing editor), The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Yoga Journal, Details, The Saturday Evening Post, AARP, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and many others. A popular lecturer and writing teacher, he is on the faculty of the New York Open Center, The Omega Institute, The Mandala Center, Kripalu, Esalen, Hollyhock, and Schumacher College, and is the Creative Director of V-Men (with Eve Ensler), an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls. He is on the faculty of The Esalen Institute, Hollyhock, The Omega Institute, The New York Open Center, and many others. His workshops, classes, and mentoring have helped thousands of people around the world, focusing on personal awakening, and creative excellence, through self-inquiry and life writing.