Peter lives in Victoria (British Columbia). Following a five-year apprenticeship in German hotels, he worked in Sweden, England, the USA, and Wales. He later earned diplomas in Hotel Management (BCIT, UniS), Adult Education and Counselling (UBC); an MEd in Curriculum & Instruction (SFU), and an EdD in Educational Leadership (UBC). For 25 year, until retirement in 2001, he provided instructional skills training to corporate and higher education clients. Among his books is the The art of teaching adults.
Peter became a Zen student in 1999 and received jukai (also called lay ordination) and the name Daishin (boundless heart) from Chozen Bays Roshi at Great Vow Zen Monastery in 2002. He completed training as end-of-life care practitioner with the Metta Institute in San Francisco in 2006.
Peter has presented at professional and lay conferences, and conducted silent retreats and interfaith memorial services. He volunteered in palliative care at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, joined the spiritual care team at Victoria Hospice for 18 months, and currently volunteers at the BC Cancer Agency and Sandringham Care Centre. He hosts Fernwood Zendo.