Biography

A little bit about me:

My introduction to Buddhism came by chance in the mid-seventies when I had the amazing good fortune to see the 16th Karmapa perform the Black Hat ceremony in a small farmhouse in the Black Mountains of Wales. That event changed my life completely and I went overland to India to find the Karmapa. After many adventures, I settled at Sherabling Monastery in Himachal Pradesh where I lived and practised meditation for 5 years under the guidance of HE Tai Situ Rinpoche. During that time and afterwards, I traveled extensively in Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Ladakh, Tibet and Arunachal Pradesh; and organised pilgrimages to Mt. Kailash in Western Tibet and the hidden land of Pemako in Arunachal Pradesh (NE India),

in the hidden land of Pemako

As well as writing three books, I have written for some of the major London newspapers: The Observer, The Times, The Telegraph, and The Guardian. The Times Saturday Review in London carried the first story about the Karmapa at his enthronement in 1992 at Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet: A Star is Raised and Borne.

I started the first natural food shop in Hay on Wye in 1974, one of the first outside London. On returning from India in 1986, I established a web based mail order business, Windhorse Imports to provide Buddhist meditation artefacts to a growing community and sold it in 2003. I was appointed the England media co-ordinator for the Karmapa 2010 Europe Tour, (which was unfortunately cancelled).

at HH Karmapa's land in the Black Mountains of Wales

I come from an academic background with  an M. Phil in drama and literature from the University of Toronto and even completed a PHD thesis. Then I saw the light and escaped academic life to live in the eccentric book town of Hay-on-Wye, now famous for its International Literary Festival. I still spend some of the year in India but live on the Welsh borders in the hope that HH Karmapa will come here one day, like his predecessor.