Russel Williams died on April 9th 2018, at the age of 96. He was a remarkable man, who lived a remarkable life. Although he was a spiritual teacher for sixty years, he remained largely unknown until three years ago, when the book Not I, Not Other than I was published. Up till then, Russel had worked quietly with small groups, guiding them gently towards the inner peace and sense of oneness that he experienced. He never went out of his way to promote his teachings, or to attract followers, believing that people would come to him when they were ready, and find him if they were meant to. For decades, he held twice weekly meetings - on Monday an Wednesday evenings - at the premises of the Buddhist Society of Manchester. Anyone was free to come, and there was no charge.
Russel had no ambition or desire. He was a pure channel of spirit without any ego-activity standing in the way. On the surface, he seemed completely ordinary, which made the effect of his presence and his teachings even more extraordinary.