Art, Permaculture and contemplation are my hobbies, and each expresses aspects of what I value most in life: integrity, nurture and beauty. I make beautiful things with my art and show my appreciation of beauty with my photos; I nurture my clients, my friends and family, and my garden. And I nurture myself by living a healthy life and taking time for contemplation. Permaculture has an ethical basis, and integrity is the guiding principle of my life.
I spent twelve years in partial home retreat while I studied Buddhism and completed the Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana preliminaries and further practices, and I try to always live a life of awareness and integrity. I’m a trained meditation instructor and was the Teaching Services Director of Rigpa Australia’s Distance Education Centre for 12 years. I left Rigpa after revelations that our teacher, Sogyal Rinpoche, was physically, emotionally and sexually abusing his close students. I wrote a book called Fallout: Recovering from Abuse in Tibetan Buddhism about the subsequent learning I and others went through in the wake of the revelations.
During my twenty years as a Tibetan Buddhist, I did a lot of meditation. These days, I just turn my mind inwards at various times throughout the day and take time for quiet reflection. And if I’m inspired to write on anything related to psychology or spirituality, I publish it on the Beyond the Temple website. That blog began talking about the issues raised by abuse in Buddhist communities, but has evolved from there into a wider range of topics related to conscious living. I also have a You Tube Channel dedicated to the same kind of content, and a Beyond the Temple Facebook page.