Wide Ocean has had a longstanding interest in Mahayana philosophy and metaphysics as well as other streams of Indian and East Asian philosophy. In his twenties he practiced Zen meditation in Zen halls in Korea and Japan under a number of different Zen masters. In 1996 on a trip to India he met Vimala Thakar. He is one of the oldest and most accomplished students of Sisman Tuccar. He is also a leading exponent and interpreter of his ideas.