Dr. Albert Low is an authorized Zen master, an internationally Published author, and a former Human Resources executive. He was born in London, England, on December 16, 1928. He has lived in England, South Africa, Canada, and the United States and has resided in Montreal since 1979. He obtained a BA degree in Philosophy and Psychology, and is a trained counselor. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws for scholastic attainment and community service by Queen's University, Ontario, a prestigious Canadian University.
1947- 1949, served two years in the British navy,
Left England in 1954 and emigrated to South Africa. Employed by the Central News Agency, a company that held the monopoly for the sale and distribution of all reading matter including books, magazines, and newspapers throughout Southern Africa--which then included South Africa, the two Rhodesias, Mozambique, and South West Africa. Eventually became the senior personnel executive and reported to the CEO. During this time he gave many seminars on creativity and organization for managers at all levels for the National Development Foundation of South Africa.
Left South Africa in 1963, as he could not agree with the political policy of apartheid, and moved to Canada. He was again employed as a personnel executive, this time with a large Utility that was at that time called the Union Gas Company. He was in charge of salary administration for all levels of company, as well as for organizational development. He developed an original theory on creativity, organization and management. Eventually wrote a book based upon his researches: Zen and Creative Management which has since sold more than 75,000 copies. During his time at the gas company, he continued to give talks and seminars on the subject of management, organization and creativity--the latter a subject he has spent considerable time studying, and which is very closely connected with Zen practice.
In 1955 became interested in Zen Buddhism and had a strong intellectual interest for about ten years.
In 1966 met a Japanese Zen Master, Yasutani, and practiced Zen first with him, and then for twenty years with Yasutani's chief disciple, Philip Kapleau. In 1976 he resigned from the Gas Company and went to Rochester Zen Center for three years where he served as editor of the Center's journal. In 1979 he relocated to Montreal as a probationary teacher. In 1986, he finally finished his training and was authorized to teach as a Zen master.
Dr. Low has made a study of human nature throughout his life. In writing his books he draws on his prolonged meditations on creativity and the human condition, his many years of providing psychological and spiritual counseling, and a wide-ranging knowledge of Western psychology, philosophy, and science. He has given many talks on the CBC radio and television.
He currently has well over two hundred students--among them university professors, doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and lawyers--whom he counsels on both spiritual and psychological issues.
Zen and Creative Management. Published by Anchor Press, Playboy press and Charles E. Tuttle and has sold in excess of 75,000 copies
Zen dans la Service du Management published by Libre Expression Nov 1993
El Zen y la direccion de empresas published Ediciones Aura
Zen ve Yaratici Yoneticikil Etikitaplan
The Iron Cow of Zen Theosophical Publishing House. 1984. Republished by Charles E. Tuttle. Has passed through four reprintings with Tuttle.
A Vaca de Ferro do Zen Bodigaya Brazilia 1998
Invitation To Practice Zen published by Charles E. Tuttle, Tokyo in 1989. Has passed through eleven printings and is in its twelfth printing in a new format
Une Invitation À La Pratique Du Zen published Libre Expression, Montreal. It sold 3000 copies in Quebec alone.
La Pratique du Zen. Editions Dangles It is in its second edition there.
Introduccion al la pratique del Zen published by Editorial Kairos Barcelona. Has passed through two editions
Convite a Prátíca do Zen published by Shishil Editora Braslia, Brazil It has passed through two editions.
The Butterfly's Dream Charles E. Tuttle, Vermont. It is about to be reprinted
Le Rêve du Papillon Libre Expression, Montreal. This was a best seller in Quebec selling more than 4,000 copies.
The World A Gateway: Commentaries on the Mumonkan Charles E. Tuttle of Vermont.
Je Ne Suis Pas Un Être Humain published by du Mortagne Montréal
Wo bist du, wenn ein Vogelsing? Kommentaire zum Mumonkan published by Theseus Verlag
To Know Yourself Charles E Tuttle
Se connaîte c'est s'oublier: Editions Relié: France (accepted by Le Club, Le Grand livre du Mois, (Paris) (the Great
book of the Month club. Paris)
Conócete a tí mismo published by Oberon Grupo Anaya
Kendini Tani Izdusum felsefe
Creating Consciousness 2001 by White Cloud Press
Creer la Conscience Published by Relier Press France in Spring 2000 also accepted by Le Club, Le Grand livre du Mois, (Paris)
Zen and the Sutras Published by Charles E Tuttle in Spring 2000
Aux sources du zen published by Relier in Spring 2001 Republished by Albin Michel 2002
Hakuin Zenji's Chant in Praise of Zazen published by Zen books 2004
Hakuin on Kensho Published by Shambhala 2006
Dans la Forge du Maître; Mediaspaul Montreal. 2006
Além do despertar: Textos do mestre Hakuin sobre meditação zen. Published by Theosophic Books Brazil
Origin of Human Nature: a Zen Buddhist looks at Evolution. published by Sussex Academic Press, Sussex in Feb. 2008.
Conflict and Creativity at Work: the human roots of corporate life published by Sussex Academic Press Oct 2008
Beyond the God Delusion: religion as a quest for transcendence Kindle
Working with Koans Kindle 2009
Living With Yourself (formerly the Butterfly's dream) Kindle 2009
Zen: Talks, Stories and Commentaries (Formerly To Know Yourself) Kindle 2009
Hakuin Zenji's Chant in Zazen with commentaries by Albert Low