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So my impression of Bhante was that he was a magician who had some secrets that I wanted to get…
In 1968 I was a 24 year old hippy living in a Buddhist commune in Purley. I was also a sound engineer working at the BBC. I was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in April 1968.
In 1978 I was an ex-hippy art student studying for a Diploma in Graphic Design at Croydon College of Art. I also began writing poetry, influenced strongly by Keats, Coleridge and Blake.
In 1988 I was an ex-art student living with a friend in Purley and travelling around France and Italy. At this time I began to have serious doubts about Buddhism and the FWBO’s rendering of it, and lived on an increasingly wide (and lonely) orbit.
In 1998 I was living in Bristol trying to make a living as a Designer and mostly failing. Also trying to find my way back to the Buddhism I had left behind. Set up Wolf at the Door and travelled extensively with Manjusvara leading writing Workshops.
In 2008 I was still living in Bristol in a house with other Buddhists and taking myself more seriously as a Buddhist and Poet.
In 2018 – more of the above!
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