After a private audience with HH Dalai Lama: Dharamsala 2009
This photo was taken right after a 30 minute private audience with His Holiness where we discussed a range of things including how I can best use my skills to serve others. I look a little wooden in the photo because I was totally overwhelmed by what had just taken place, and I was trying desperately not to cry for the photo!
Below is a little summary of my life thus far:
I was born into a good family. And grew up in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Like almost every Australian boy at the time I played cricket in the summer and football in the winter. I had a natural talent but never excelled at either.
I was lucky enough to receive a good education – although I do not really take advantage of the opportunity at the time. By the time I reached high school
Looking back as an adult I think the issue was
I’m a self educator. I
I was educated well – attending a private boys school.
School was, for me, a difficult time. I felt very alone. Unsure of myself even. But I know
I was an extremely independent young man.
Life as Art
From an early age I found solace in being creative and this was encouraged my grandfather mostly.
I would spend days in the unused family garage that I had taken over with musical equipment in my studio writing music and painting.
I played in bands until about the age of 22 when I decided that I would go to music school. I entered a
Meeting the Tibetans
While at the VCA I had a relationship breakdown and this drove my head first into a new direction.
A friend gave me a book on Buddhism. I’d never read anything on Buddhism previous to this but it felt strangely familiar.
I first came across Geshe Loden (picture below) in June 1995.
And lived with Geshe-la until I left for the PhD in 2009.
There was a 12 month trip to Italy in 1998 where I got to study Buddhist philosophy full time with the wonderful lama Geshe Jampa Gaytso.
By this stage
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