I am a senior monk of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. I was ordained in 1992 by Rev. Master Daishin Morgan, the abbot of Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey in Northumberland, and received Dharma Transmission from him in 1997.
I first became interested in Buddhism as a teenager in London in the 1970’s but didn’t really relate to the books I was reading about it at the time. I went off to Sheffield University to study maths, took up a career in the computer business and got married. In my 30’s, divorced and living in South London, I discovered that I was close to a Buddhist Centre. I went along to an introductory course and felt an instant connection with the teachings and meditation practice. I continued to live and practice in London for three years, becoming increasingly drawn towards monasticism until, in 1991, I came to an introductory weekend at Throssel and felt so at home that I entered the monastery as a postulant a few months later.
Most of my monastic life has been spent at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey, apart from a period of just over a year, between 2009 and 2010, when I looked after Reading Buddhist Priory. I came to Sitting Buddha Hermitage in 2014 because I wanted to experience quiet solitary practice, following the inner call to meditation and contemplation in a less structured, more free-flowing, way, and to offer that opportunity to others who are established in the way of Soto Zen. In March 2015 the Hermitage moved to the Cromford property where I offer introductory classes, weekly meditation evenings and day retreats, in addition to providing retreat accommodation in a one-bedroom annexe.