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Umi (Tom Lodge) is the Zen Master of the Stillpoint Zen Community at Santa Cruz, California, USA.
Umi (Tom Lodge) a son of the writer Oliver W F Lodge and his artist wife Diana, and a grandson of the physicist Sir Oliver Lodge, was born Thomas Odoard Marshall Lodge, or Tom Lodge, on April 16 1936, in Tanleather Cottage, Forest Green, Surrey, England. When World War II broke out his family left England and he was brought up in Maryland and Virginia, USA. In Virginia he lived in Gloucester County, near Naxera and later moved to Elmington. At the end of the war he returned with his family to England and lived near Painswick, Gloucestershire. He was educated at Bedales School, England, where he developed his interest in music. He took lessons on the violin and the clarinet and taught himself the guitar and mouth organ, and played the stand up Bass in a four piece skiffle band, called the "Top Flat Ramblers". When he was seventeen he hitch hiked around Europe, making money by busking with his guitar.
On his 18th birthday, 1954, he sailed to Alberta Canada and became a cowboy on the Alberta Ranch and then the A7 Ranch near Pincher Creek. Later he traveled to Hay River, North West Territories and worked by fishing on the Great Slave Lake, with nets through the ice. It was here, while fishing with a colleague, that he was blown out into open waters on an ice flow. His friend died, but he was saved by some trappers. He described his adventures in his first book, "Beyond the Great Slave Lake" (published by Cassells 1957 and E.P. Dutton 1958.)
In 1956 he returned to England, where in London, he fell in love with Jeanine Arpourettes, they were married a year later in Paris in 1957. They returned to Hay River, Canada, where he ran a fishing business. Later they moved to Yellowknife, N.W.T. where Tom worked at the Giant goldmine and Jeanine worked in the Yellowknife hospital. In Yellowknife, Jeanine gave birth to their first son Tom (b. 1959). It was here that he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as an announcer on CFYK. Then in 1960 he became the CBC manager for a new radio station CBXH in Fort Smith, N.W.T., until he returned to England as a CBC correspondent and it was in London that Brodie (b. 1961) was born and later Lionel (b. 1962).
In 1964 he joined England's first offshore pirate radio station Radio Caroline, as deejay and programme director. He was one of the first American-style pop DJs which the British public heard. His book "The Ship that Rocked the World" describes his adventures at sea playing rock 'n' roll and having fun with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who and many more rock 'n' roll bands. After the outlawing of the pirate radio ships in 1967 by the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act, he worked as a disc-jockey for the BBC on the newly created BBC Radio 1. But soon after he returned to Canada.
In 1968 he returned to Canada and became a deejay on CHLO, St Thomas, which is now CKDK-FM, The Hawk. It was in London, Ontario that he created the "Creative Arts Festival" with the participation of many of the local High School students and also ran a drop-in youth center on Richmond street in London. Then in 1970 he founded a creative program at Fanshawe College London, Ontario, Canada, called "Creative Electronics", which after two years he made into Music Industry Arts, a training program for recording engineers and record producers, and is still operating at Fanshawe College.
In 1975 Lodge became a disciple of the Zen master Roshi Joshu Sasaki, Mount Baldy, California. In 1979 he became a disciple of Zen Master Osho, Poona, India. After Osho died, he became a disciple of Zen Master Mikaire and realized Enlightenment January 10 1998. With Enlightenment, his name changed to Umi, which is Japanese for the sea. His disciples have created a Zen ashram, a community around him, called "Stillpoint Zen Community", near Santa Cruz, California. www.umiji.org. Here he gives daily Satsangs.
* Beyond the Great Slave Lake, (Cassells, 1958)
* Beyond the Great Slave Lake, (E.P. Dutton, 1959)
* Success Without Goals, (Lloyds Mayfair Group, 1992)
* Circles, (Lloyds Mayfair Group, 1993)
* Footprints in the Snow, (Umi Foundation, 2000)
* The River and the Raven, (Umi Foundation, 2002)
* Enlightenment Guaranteed, (Umi Foundation, 2002)
* The Radio Caroline Story, (Umi Foundation, 2002)
* The Ship That Rocked The World, (Umi Foundation 2003)
* God is a Dancer, (Umi Foundation, 2007)
* The Diamond Sutra with Umi, (Church of Consciousness, 2008)
* The Ship That Rocked the World, (Bartleby Press 2010)