It is my pleasure to write this recommendation letter for Mr. “Derek” Siming LI. I met Derek in 2013, during his lecture tour of the United States. Mr. LI visited Sofia University where I work as a Professor in the Doctoral Program and direct a research specialization. Mr. LI is a public educator, a philosopher and a spiritual teacher. His lectures concerned Chinese philosophy and the personal practices of spiritual cultivation, especially important for the students and faculty interested in contemplative, transformative, and other contemporary innovative pedagogies which intensify and facilitate the process of learning. I had several meetings and consultations with Mr. Ll, and was very impressed by the depth of his understanding and hands-on proficiency in many aspects of spiritual and transformative psychologies, and capacity to bridge the paradigms in both Chinese and world philosophy.
Derek is a genuine man of wisdom, and an authentic spiritual teacher who embodies and masterfully passes on the wisdom of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian traditions that he absorbed from both traditional and contemporary teachers. He is of gentle, intelligent, kind disposition, and a heart of compassion that moves him to generously disseminate and share the wisdom of Chinese culture and civilizations with the rest of the world. Not to be missed to mention among those are the various ways of healing, psychological renovation and spiritual advancement which lead to longevity, optimism and happy life.
An academic training that Mr. LI received at one of the most prestigious and sophisticated American institutions of higher learning (Derek has Master Degree in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) supports his discerning approach to his teachings, including making them very well structured and easily accessible to people of all walks of life. In the past 15 years, he has been studying and practicing spirituality in US and in Asia, both as a teacher living in the mountain, and as a regular citizen living a normal life in the world.
He is currently living in Hong Kong with his wife, working as a transportation planner in a public transport company, and is writing and teaching part-time through his website lisiming.com. He travels regularly to the United States to give lectures and workshops, and has a steady following. He shared with me his aspirations to further connect with people interested in Chinese philosophy and spirituality, both as a part of their personal journey, and in contexts of the larger professional and societal dialogue.
As Professor in Psychology and Comparative Religion, and a cross-cultural spiritual teacher myself for more than twenty years, I wholeheartedly endorse Derek as a genuine teacher of Chinese philosophy and spirituality, and would recommend him to anyone who has interest in the topics of Chinese holistic health, and in personal and spiritual development. His self-reflectivity, discernment, commitment to the highest good and selfless service, modesty, and compassion are among the qualities that bring hope to the troubled modern world.