Danapriya, born Ian Dixon in 1959, has been involved in personal growth and healing work for over three decades. He is a fully qualified acupuncturist, having studied at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine from 1993 to 1996, and has been in private practice ever since. He has also studied cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and neuro linguistic programming (NLP).
On being ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2001 he was given the name Danapriya, meaning ‘one who loves giving’. He lived at the London Buddhist Centre for nine years before moving to Deal in Kent, where he set up the Deal Buddhist Group. He was chair of the group for eleven years, stepping down from the role in 2018. Over the years Danapriya has led many retreats and taught hundreds of people to meditate. He now leads courses in positive thinking and meditation, as well as running a counselling business. It’s Not Out There is his first book.