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I have practiced and studied Tibetan Buddhism in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions since the early 1970s, and have a good knowledge of theory, history and of the struggles of trying to practice the teachings, including meditation, while leading a normal, modern life. I am also available to provide background information for journalists.

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I have been a practitioner since the early 1970s; have run a small Buddhist centre in the English Midlands and was vice-president of Kagyu Benchen Ling e.V. in Germany, for whom I managed three large Buddhist summer-camps. More importantly, I maintain a habit of personal practice. I am the "owner" of the Kagyu list at Yahoo.

Education/Credentials

My first degree was an M.A. from Oxford. I later obtained a Master of Philosophy degree for a research thesis in "Initiation in Tibetan Buddhism" from Leicester University. I also have engineering and educational qualifications.

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2016-11-18 caste system and Buddhism:

Hi Greg, and thank you for a good question! The social history of Buddhism in India is not my particular field, but I can say the following: by and large the monastic community had a fairly high status

2016-09-16 Group Project:

Dear Michelle,    I'm afraid I don't have time to go into your questions at any length that would take pages and pages, which I expect you don't want anyway! But briefly:    1. I read a few books that

2016-05-11 self-immolation:

Dear Santosh,  No responsible Buddhist leader approves of self-immolation. It is neither "allowed" nor approved of. It is done by people who feel themselves in extreme circumstances to the extent that

2016-05-01 Chastiity:

I think I understand better now. What you are looking for, I think, is what we call "purification" practice. In the Vajrayana style of Buddhism that I follow (Tibetan Buddhism, you might say) we have the

2016-05-01 Chastiity:

I'm afraid I don't quite understand. If you are no longer a virgin, you are no longer a virgin. If you take a vow not to have sex, but then you do, the problem is between you and your preceptor - whoever

 

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