Jean's career as an advocate for reasonable spirituality started in South Africa, in 1967, at age eight--when he first heard that the Three Wise Men from the East attended Jesus' baby shower, but afterwards never called, or even bothered to check in on him again. Resulting troubles of the ecclesiastical kind, careened his career into forays in Eastern Mysticism. A thorny path, which led to him earning the first-ever awarded Cease and Desist Order, from his grade 8 Boarding School headmaster--for convening groups, for the "insidious purpose of teaching Yogi Philosophy". That was shortly after Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.
Jean's search for the Three Wise Men from the East continued, for no less than a further thirty years. A path that, as painful as it sounds, included a three-year Diploma in Theology from a seminary college, and an Honours BA degree in World Religions at WITS University.
Identifying with the underdog, Jean and his soul-mate Adéle, founded several charitable programmes to serve women and children in need of care and intervention. The first program, a children's home in the slums of Johannesburg South Africa, started in 1990. They are still at it, serving on boards of charities and starting programmes in Canada and in South East Asia.
Jean's career as author was launched at age eight, when he was awarded the Gold Star Award by his English Language teacher, for a forty-four-word essay on The Three Wise Men from the East. That gold star, fuels Jean's passion for writing not only creative work, but tomes of deeply boring, academic work of the theologician kind.
Jean did finally find the Three Wise Men from the East. However, not before many years of studies in Buddhism, the Upanishads, Hinduism, Bhagavad Gita and other Vedic Scriptures were exhausted. Well, truth be told, he did not find them because of any studies, but just happened upon them--on a study-visit to North India.
Adéle still seeks answers to two questions, to which Jean has not yet spoken: "Why did I have to study those theological qualifications with you?" and "What sort of earning potential did that buy us?"
Notwithstanding, Jean and Adele are still married. They now live in Canada and in Cambodia.
Jean is an internationally recognized, and well celebrated author who has won many awards in the past years: Adele celebrates with him after every book is published, and awards Jean with a kiss, and a little gold star. His friends in other countries recognize his face on Amazon.
Jean was the senior editor of the first English-language edition of The Eastern Bible in the mid-90s, now available on Amazon as The Eastern Bible: 2012 Edition. Jean serves as editor-in-chief of team Salvar Dàosenglu, which is responsible for authoritative works produced by the International Association of Wayist Organizations. His team works on a series that explicates Wayism's primary text, making it more accessible, and available in a variety of text and electronic formats. He published several other books, among them Universal Gateway of Enlightenment, the CSCi series aimed at mid-grade readers, and a book adapted for the Cambodian reader, The Lokesvara Story in Khmer and English.
He presents seminars in spirituality in North America and in Cambodia. As a professional Wayist coach and spiritual leader, his work reflects his wide learning, deep life experience and an extraordinary grasp of the mystical traditions.
You can follow him on Twitter @wayistcoach, facebook.com/author.teacher, and wayism.net/jean-du-plessis.