Biography - Clarke Scott

Biography

HH Dalai Lama: Dharamsala 2009

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:

Early Life

Mum & Dad's Wedding
Mum & Dad’s Wedding – 1965.

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.

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My grandfather
My grandfather and me at some family dinner – 1990.

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.

Geshe Thubten Loden
Geshe Thubten Loden

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.

Geshe Jampa Gyatso - Lama Tsong Khapa Institute 1998
Geshe Jampa Gyatso – Lama Tsong Khapa Institute 1998

 

Breaking Away

By this stage

 

PhD Days

 

HH Dalai Lama khata offering after lunch
HH Dalai Lama khata offering after lunch
taken at the Mind and Life conference Dharmasala June
taken at the Mind and Life conference Dharmasala June
Richard Gere and myself posing for a photo at the 2009 Mind and Life conference inside HH Dalai Lama's personal home.
Richard Gere and myself posing for a photo at the 2009 Mind and Life conference inside HH Dalai Lama’s personal home.
 Lunch with Professor Robert Thurman
Lunch with Professor Robert Thurman

USydney

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Back to the future

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