I am a disciple of the late Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett, having been ordained by her at Shasta Abbey in 1981. In 1988 I became a Teacher of Buddhism and then in 2000 was named a Master in The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. For the first eight years of monastic life I lived at Shasta Abbey during which time I worked in just about every monastic department. Sometimes more than one department at a time! Being of a practical bent I’ve done such jobs as typing the Journal, cooking, milking goats. I’ve cut down trees for fire wood, tended the gardens, taken photographs, helped to demolished buildings as well as helped to build some. I’ve sewn a lot too.
In 1988 my student visa ran out and I went to live at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey for two years, moving on in 1991 to Reading to run the priory there. In 1993, thinking I was taking a year’s sabbatical, I went to Shasta Abbey and ended up staying three years assisting Rev. Kennett until her death in November 1996.
Since 1996 I have served as the international OBC Lay Ministry Advisor and traveled extensively in Europe and North America. In the spring of 2005 I started a weblog, Jade Mountains Buddha Hall to serve as an online diary while traveling in East Asia. I’ve continued to post on Jade Mountains ever since then, offering insights into daily life training.