He is the author of Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living (Tarcher/Penguin), and Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living (Tarcher/Penguin, 12/2011). His writing has appeared in Tricycle Magazine (for whom he also led a month-long online retreat), Back Stage newspaper, and the anthology, Audacious Creativity. Among the many places he has taught are New York Insight Meditation Center, The New York Open Center, Insight Meditation Community of Washington, Columbia University Buddhist Association, The Rubin Museum, Marymount College, One Spirit Learning Alliance, and The New Seminary.
Earlier in this life Allan was a professional singer appearing in the original Broadway productions of "Oliver!" and "Pickwick," as well as the Stratford Festival/Broadway production of "The Pirates of Penzance."
Allan was selected as one of "50 Inspiring Religous Leaders You Should follow on Twitter."