I am a British born meditator and Vajrayana practitioner, living on the US West Coast. I offer one on one consultation for people who want Vajrayana inspired meditation and practice in their life.
I am building a community of contemporary Vajrayana practice with my friend and collaborator, Jared Janes. Introduction to foundational views & methods is freely available: anyone who asks to be part of Evolving Ground is invited to the monthly mentor-hosted practice Q&A, gains access to public Happy Yogis Slack channels, and receives emails about events, announcements, and public presentations.
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.
My primary practice was always sitting meditation alongside Vajrayana practices such as yidam, yogic song and chöd. My ordination was non-renunciative, non-monastic – but I have spent time in lengthy solitary retreats and have a deep respect for other types of practice. Since 2006 my core practice, other than meditation, was Dzogchen Longdé. I love physical exercises and I’ve also trained in some different martial arts.
After twenty-five years practicing with the Aro Lineage, I moved on from traditional Vajrayana. I remain deeply indebted to Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen for their teaching over the years. I recommend attending Aro gTér events to anyone considering traditional Tibetan Vajrayana.
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 organizations. I currently work at Bismarck Analysis, a Bay Area consultancy led by Samo Burja.
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 appraisal of high-tech industrial development statistics and strategy in China and India. Since then I’ve been self-teaching STEM subjects and programming languages. I write about tech and random stuff at charlieawbery.com
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.
My spouse, David Chapman, also writes on Buddhism.