My birth name is Arthur. My very long pathway to Dharma practice clearly developed as a very young child. As with many Western people I had the usual exposure to the inherited faith of my Grandparents, but in my case the indoctrination was to no avail. As a very young school boy I could feel nothing within Methodism, so I tried out the Salvos to see if they had a different slant on things, but no joy there either. I came to understand then, as now, that an ethical path to guide human behaviours and interactions is essential for a harmonious life and that the inherent good in all people needs adequate expression through a proven path, free from indoctrination, blind faith, dogma and guilt.
My many journeys around the globe, making contact with practitioners of many and varied paths continue to support that understanding. I initially formalised my commitment to the Dharma path under Kundawella Vangeesa Maha Thero in Sri Lanka and in 2006 re-formalised that commitment within the context of the Dharmadatu Sangha and was ordained into the Dharmadatu Buddhist Order in Sri Lanka by Paul Beard on 13th June 2014. Thirty five years of Dharma practice, many of which were spent in isolation, has shown me how important it is to find other like-minded individuals to share the journey with you. That opportunity now presents itself, with the creation of a dedicated Dharma and Meditation centre in Western Australia where people can explore a proven path in ways that are relevant to their own culture.