Born in Tehran, Iran in 1957, Hamid left his native land at an early age to become a nomad of the world. Exposing himself to many different countries, cultures, languages and traditions, he settled into Paris in 1985 to study philosophy under Jacques Derrida the French philosopher. In the course of his studies he felt drawn to Eastern wisdom traditions and in particular to Zen Buddhism. In the 1998 Hamid encountered Japanese Zen Master Ryotan Tokuda, was ordained as a monk at Ei Tai-Ji Monastery in the South of France in 2000 and, in 2010 was given permission by his master to pass on the teachings. For the past ten years Hamid has been teaching and running mediation retreats in India, Bali and now in Portugal.