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My Life and Work
I practice and teach Buddhist methods of self liberation. I do this imperfectly, but the results have been excellent for me, so I like to give some of what I’ve received—if I can. I first learned the Dharma from the late
Urgyen Sangharakshita. Ever since he ordained me in 1974, I’ve been exploring it in my own practice. This is what I write about here.
I have lived many years in retreat: in a semi monastic community, as a hermit for four years, and on many shorter solitary retreats. I have also lived in ordinary society, having been married for well over a decade. As a younger man I also learned much through living 20 years as a monk (in
Triratna tradition a celibate Anagarika) Both lifestyles have been rewarding in different ways.
I have been active establishing the
Triratna Order and the beauty of its approach, founding Dharma centres in London and Wales. I have written a well received book on meditation, and intend to write more, perhaps using material from this website.
There’s more about me
here. I currently live in London, teach at the West London Buddhist Centre, enjoy deepening my experience and communicating the amazingness of Buddhism.

Below are some old talks I like. There’s lots more material in the
menus & submenus at the top right: Basic Meditation instruction, Talks about Living Dharma, More advanced meditation, and more. Take a look.
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Spiritual Rebirth
A talk about how passion can be transformed by insight and serve the needs of others. With examples from Kamalashila's long solitary, exploring the nature of spiritual rebirth, the radical transformation of being that emerges from insight.
 
"…Embodied beings like ourselves are subject to unpredictable changes which just go on, on and on forever in the familiar world of impermanence, change, and endless varieties of suffering: that's the familiar kind of rebirth—a new life, but not essentially different from the old one.  Spiritual rebirth is a radically transformed life that starts when we see outside those karmically conditioned changes.  We poke our heads through the shell of ignorance, see the boundless spaces of nirvana, and step out into those spaces...


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Buddhism in the City
City life is seen as a major distraction for spiritual practitioners - but that's just the way we see it, and if we see it that way, that's how it will be.
Practitioners should view the city and its other inhabitants as native peoples see the densely populated forest: as deeply meaningful, full of danger and promise.
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