Jules Prast (The Netherlands, 1961) is a former journalist, government official and business executive who holds master’s degrees in modern history and mass communications.
After his military service as a reserve officer in the air force he first worked for the Dutch Ministry of Finance.
Subsequently he held senior executive positions with ABN Amro Bank and Philips Electronics.
Due to sarcoidosis or Besnier Boeck disease, a rare systemic disorder characterized by chronic inflammation, he had to cut short his career in 2007. This was a life changing experience as was his subsequent discovery of Zen Buddhism.
With the little energy left to him, Jules leads a life of writing about Buddhism for his blog Dhammablog.nl (Twitter @dhammablog ) and his column in a Buddhist web journal with readers in the Netherlands and Belgium. He shares his Buddhist name, Taigu, with Ryokan, a Zen monk and poet who lived in Japan from 1758 to 1831.
From 2012 until 2016 he was a contributing editor of the magazine of the Sarcoidosis Society of the Netherlands. Currently he writes a blog titled Sarcoblog.nl (Twitter: @sarcoblog), about sarcoidosis and his life with the disease. Some of his posts are republished on the patient society’s website.