He has studied, taught and practiced in several Buddhist traditions, for more than 50 years. He is Canada’s first Tendai priest and is a Priest in the Red Maple Tendai Sangha
Innen is a retired clinical social worker and mindfulness trainer. He is a Certified Mindfulness Instructor (U.Toronto). He has degrees in Comparative Religion and Social Work (both from Carleton U.). He is a certified Urban Poling Instructor.
He developed his ideas on Contemplation and Walking in his book Walk Like A Mountain: The Handbook of Buddhist Walking Practices (2013). He has published general and scholarly articles on dharma, walking and social work topics and is a popular conference speaker. His collection of Buddhist writing, A Path Through Red Maples will be released in mid-2019 through Sumeru Books.
He and his wife, Judy, live with their dogs, Joshu and Bella , in Renfrew, Ontario. His walking has taken him to Ontario, Quebec, PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland in Canada; from Maine to Florida along the USA’s Eastern Coast, and California; England, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and many sacred places in Japan and Sri Lanka. He recently completed two Camino walks in Portugal and Spain: the Camino da Costa and The Camino Finisterre.