Hello and welcome to the dhamma footsteps About page. The posts in this blog are written from a Theravadin buddhist perspective, in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. There are also aspects of Advaita Vedanta – and how do these two points of view sit together? Well, you can decide. The process of sourcing the texts and writing the posts has become part of the Practice for me. The links are probably the most important part of it all – I’m glad to share these with everyone out there. Gratitude to all the Ajahns in Thailand, Switzerland and UK for their guidance.
How did I come to be doing this? Long ago and far away. I started doing publications and artwork for Non Government Organizations (NGOs) in South India. After that I was with an NGO in Thailand and support organizations working on the issue of child labour and children in hazardous situations. Around that time I met the Buddhist monks in Wat Pah Nanchat in Thailand who showed me the Buddhist Path.
“… the remainderless fading & cessation, renunciation, relinquishment, release, & letting go of that very craving. (the noble truth of the cessation of dukkha) “— SN 56.11 (dukkha nirodho ariya sacca).
The work in Thailand continued for 10 years, then it was up and running so there wasn’t much more I could do to help. I was teaching English in Japan for 3 years and continuing with publications for the NGOs. Meanwhile, the group I’d been working with in Bangkok was now supported by a UN network and I’d gotten married to a Thai along the way who became part of that network. So, off we went on our travels together and that about takes us up to the present day; situated in New Delhi and frequent visits to Thailand to visit family.
I’m originally from the UK, born in the Moray Firth in the North of Scotland where it’s cold and windy most of the year – open the door to go out in the morning and the wind is so strong it would blow you back in again. My father’s father came from Orkney, my mother came from Aberdeenshire and I studied in Glasgow. A heritage of Northern skies, a seeker who wandered away in search of the sun.
One last thing, I recently contracted Post-herpetic neuralgia on the right side of the head and neck, which means headaches all the time and many and various meds to deal with it. The blog is also a way of focusing the mind so I can deal with the pain a bit better. Please contact me about anything you see here. Click the little grey-coloured speech bubble at the top right of each post. Thanks again for all the comments and ‘likes’ and I look forward to hearing from you.
I’ve been part of the Buddhist community and a friend of the Sangha for nearly 20 years. This blog is created in the spirit of generosity, kindness, friendship, kalyanamitra. And that’s it for the moment. I hope all is well where you are.