Hi I am Eric or Yan Li,
I went to Throsel Hole priory a few times, in the early 80's I was quite taken with it until I read those three books was it "Wild Swans?" Having studied the Surangama Sutra it was obvious to me something was very seriously wrong there.
Then I read about Bill Pickard & went to Cornwall to meet him. Mike & Karon Hughes were there they ordained me as a Buddhist with Bill & I sat on retreats with them. Soon after inspired greatly, I went to Hong Kong & ordained as a Monk in the Family of Xu Yun. Bill was a great fan of him, he wrote to me in Hong Kong often and after when I dis-robed and returned to the UK until the time he died 5 years ago. All the letters and an his account with JK are on back issues of the New Chan Forum magazine of the Western Chan Fellowship. Bill left me many Buddhist mementos including a hand written book & the 3 silk transmit ion certificates, and his bowing mat, some of which I sent back to Throssel Hole for their collection.
I am very grateful to JK for starting me on the life long love affair I have with Zen /|\