My birth name is Chris. I was born in Manchester, UK and moved to Perth in 1990 with family. A large part of growing up was spent in the Mandurah area and my family still reside there. I have been involved with the Dharmadatu Sangha since April 2012 and had my Tiratnamitra Ceremony that November. I took up Buddhist meditation and Dharma practice for several reasons: I have always gravitated towards this way of thinking and approaching the world, I am getting older, encountered a few bumps and life required a few changes, and I would like to further develop any primary loving-compassion towards others and myself. Currently I reside in Perth and engage with the Sangha mostly remotely, meditating and undertaking weekly Dharma readings by myself. I do try to travel to the Sangha on a fortnightly basis or as often as life allows. It is important to keep my presence within the Sangha to effectively practice and give those motivational bumps occasionally. Plus, I tend to give everyone a giggle, hence the name.