My birth name is Philip. I was born in and lived most of my life in Sydney. My family and I have moved to WA about twenty six years ago. About four years ago my wife decided that I was becoming a grumpy old man and enrolled me in a meditation course in Perth. This was my first experience with meditation and I really enjoyed it and found it very beneficial. I found it difficult to find a place to continue with my meditation practice until I found a Buddhist facility. I went to the weekly meetings for some months, but it was a fair distance from home, so I hunted around and found one closer. That’s when I really got into Buddhism. The teacher was very down to earth and although he taught from the Theravada perspective, he did bring to his teachings his own western style which was very light and humorous at times. To take my practice a little deeper I went to a retreat in Thailand at a Monastery and I was hooked. Never being one to shy away I shaved my head and eyebrows and I took samanera novitiate ordination. It was a profound experience. When I returned home I continued my practice but began to notice how the cultural aspects of religious Buddhism seemed to be becoming a hindrance. I began searching for a form of Buddhism that would be of more relevance and benefit to me as an Australian and I knew that I had found my new home when I made contact with the Dharmadatu Buddhist Order and Sangha. I formalized my commitment to the Dharma path within that context and have requested to undergo training to join the Order. I will shortly be providing an opportunity for others to engage with Meditation and Dharma in my home town of Carnarvon as part of that training.