Paul Gerhards is author of Mapping the Dharma: A Concise Guide to the Middle Way of the Buddha. He has half a dozen other titles to his name, published by Stackpole Books. Five of these titles are a series of woodworking projects he designed and built. His first book, How to Sell What You Make: The Business of Marketing Crafts, has sold more than 160,000 copies in two editions. Background for his woodworking books includes several years as a carpenter and cabinet maker.
Gerhards has been studying and practicing Buddhism for 14 years. His principal course of study is Theravada, the school of Buddhism also known as the Southern Transmission, which has its roots in Thailand, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka. He is an active member of Portland Friends of the Dhamma.