I am a British born Buddhist meditator, living on the US West Coast. I was raised Anglo-Catholic but converted to existentialism as a teenager reading Camus. I had a revelatory no-God experience in a hospital bed after a car crash and have been atheist since then. As a young adult, I began meditation, first encountering it in India while volunteering in development work.
After twenty-five years practicing in a traditional context, I have moved on from core involvement with the Aro Lineage. I remain deeply indebted to Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen and to all the Aro gTér Lamas for their teaching over the years. I recommend apprenticeship in the Aro gTér for anyone considering a close personal relationship with a Vajrayana teacher in a traditional setting.
Aside from my Buddhist practice, I have worked in international development in Africa, India and the Middle East. I trained in Gestalt psychotherapy and have worked in mental health services and international human rights organisations.
I studied international diplomacy, anthropology and economics as a post-graduate at the School of Oriental & African Studies and the London School of Economics. My research at SOAS focused on land rights in Bhutan. My LSE thesis was a comparative statistical appraisal of high-tech industrial development strategies in China and India. Since then I’ve been self-teaching STEM subjects and programming languages.
I continue to practice Vajrayana, particularly Dzogchen-based meditation. I am physically active, a long-distance hiker, and train strength, martial arts and yogic exercises.
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