I was brought up as a socialist/atheist in the north of England and came to my spiritual beliefs and practices as a young adult following my extensive involvement in political, non-violent direct action and peace related activities.
I have been a Buddhist since 1984, with a practice based in the Triratna/FWBO tradition, initially going for refuge and completing precept training within the order. Since then, I have committed to living my life within the context of Buddhist precepts in observance of the Eight Fold path and the Paramitas. The focus of my current practice is Zazen. I have committed to retaking the precepts, sewing a Rakasu and preparing for Jukai with Wendy Lewis.
In addition to sitting, I am working my way through the Pierre Grimes “Open Mind Academy – Platonic Metaphysics” classes on the internet. I am particularly interested in the relationship between Plato’s concept of the “One or the Good” and the Zen teachings on Bodhisattva vow and practice. The relationship between Plato’s and Zarathustra’s teachings on divine luminosity, the path of emptiness expressed in the Diamond Sutra and within the Jhana’s are main areas of my study. Prior to my emersion in Zen, my previous core practice mainly focused on Metta Bhavana and Karma Yoga.
In recent years, I have also studied the gnostic/esoteric traditions of eighth to twelfth century Islamic Sufi schools of central Anatolia, Iran, and Uzbekistan. I am mostly interested in the teachings of Haci Bektash Veli, but my interests include other Alevi and Sufi masters. I am also deeply interested in the vedic traditions, particularly their daily application through Karma Yoga/work practice
To deepen my experience and practice, I have taken many pilgrimages to Turkey, Morocco, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, India, Mauritius and Nepal.
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Non profit director
Involvement in Spirituality/Religion
What is your interest in Amida-shu
To explore the heart
How did you find this web site?
Thru meeting David at the SFZC and meeting the (Malvern) Sangha during last years Bodhi retreat
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Are you a member of an Amida group/Congregation
not at the moment
What can you offer to other members of this network?
A place to stay, Travelling companion, Guide
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