Finally published my memoirs

This summer I have been working on a couple of books about my time in the USA. So far I’ve finally published two books – one Travels with my Guru on Bhante’s visits to the US in the 90’s and another Planting a Seed about the setting up of the FWBO in the States. This … Read more

Planting a Seed

Planting a Seed tells the story, from my perspective, of the development of the Triratna Buddhist Community in the USA. The Blurb reads: How do you start a Buddhist movement? Charismatic teachers gather disciples by the thousand; Asian Buddhist organizations provide for the religious needs of immigrant communities; maverick monks trained in Asia set up … Read more

Travels with my Guru

Urgyen Sangharakshita came to the United States four times between 1990 and 1997. He visited all the Triratna Centers and traveled widely, meeting many other Buddhist teachers. On his second trip he conducted the first ordinations on American soil and promoted his book The Drama of Cosmic Enlightenment with four talks entitled The Rain of … Read more

Visit to Berlin – January 2015

On Friday January 23rd 2014 I flew to Berlin to be present at the Ordination of Claus-Wilhelm Klinker.  We had lived together at Guhyaloka for several years and despite a few scraps I developed a very deep affection for this eccentric man. I was very pleased that he was to join our Order, especially since … Read more

Punya – December 2008

I have just spoken to my old friend Punya.  He lives in Boston in the US.  We went to Boston in 1980 with another friend, Vajradaka, to establish a center of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order.  It was a long and difficult project – I am presently writing about the seventeen years I … Read more