Hi, I’m Andy, a Buddhist and dad living in rural Kent, England, somewhere near Canterbury. I have a PhD in botany but no longer work due to chronic illness. Instead I spend my days practising meditation and yoga, reading dharma and entertaining small people. I am active on several Buddhist forums and mailing lists, including Treeleaf Zendo and the Sangha e-list which I co-moderate.
Illness is what led me to study Buddhism, in the hope of finding a way out of my suffering. I hope to pass on what I have found useful. Feel free to take that which you find helpful to you and discard what you don’t. I offer nothing original here, merely the words of my own teachers freely given.
The people who I currently take to be my main teachers are Jundo Cohen of Treeleaf Zendo, Jeff Tipp from Golden Wind Zen Order and Ken McLeod, founder of Unfettered Mind, himself the student of the much missed Kalu Rinpoche.
Those whose work has inspired, influenced and/or guided me in no small way include Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Lama Thubten Yeshe, Shohaku Okamura, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Marshall Rosenberg, Charlotte Joko Beck, Henepola Gunaratna, Toni Packer, Taigen Dan Leighton, Reggie Ray, John Daido Loori and His Holiness XIVth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.
Although the wind is everywhere, we still have to breathe. Although wisdom is everywhere, we still need to listen. Although we are already Buddhas, we still need to practice non-practice.
“The first moment of this world does not exist in the second moment. Each moment is similar and because of the similarity, we are deluded and perceive them as the same, like the flowing of a river.”
— Gampopa ‘The Jewel Ornament of Liberation’