I practice Buddhism in Amida Shu, a Pureland school founded by Dharmavidya David Brazier. I was ordained as a Buddhist priest back in 2007.
My wife, Satya, and I run a temple in Malvern in Worcestershire. The temple opened at the end of 2014, and we’ve lived here in Malvern since 2010.
I’m also deputy head of the ministry team.
Amida Shu is a form of Buddhism that emphasises the mystical. It recognises the fallible nature of ordinary human beings, and that it’s difficult if it not impossible to ‘make it’ under our own spiritual power. With that in mind taking refuge is the central practice. We put ourselves in relationship to the Buddha, over and over again, and it is what we receive from that relationship that carries us out of ourselves and to liberation.
A couple of years ago Satya and I wrote an introduction to this form of Buddhism called Just As You Are: Buddhism For Foolish Beings. It’s available now, the ISBN is 978-0993131714, and there’s also a kindle edition.
To find out more read my Buddhist themed blog posts, or check out these websites.