Rindzin-vulture_gimped500x419I was raised Protestant Christian but rejected religion as a teenager reading existentialist fiction. I had a revelatory non-God experience on a hospital trolley after a car crash and have been atheist ever since. I began meditation as a young adult, first encountering it in India while volunteering in social and environmental development work.

Back in Britain, my practice developed during the mid-’90s. I became an apprentice in the Aro gTér tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and took Ngak’phang ordination in 2002.

After twenty years of practising in a traditional context, I have moved on from core involvement with the Aro Lineage. I remain deeply indebted to Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen and to all the Aro gTér Lamas for their teaching over the years. I recommend apprenticeship in the Aro gTér for anyone considering a close personal relationship with a Vajrayana teacher.

Aside from Buddhist practice, I have worked in international community development, in mental health services and human rights.

I studied international diplomacy, anthropology and economics as a post-graduate at the School of Oriental & African Studies and the London School of Economics. My research at SOAS focused on Bhutan’s economic development policy. My LSE thesis was a comparative statistical appraisal of high-tech industrial development strategies in China and India.

I continue to practice Vajrayana, particularly Dzogchen-based meditation. I am physically active, a long-distance hiker, and train strength, martial arts and yogic exercises.

My husband, David Chapman, also writes on Buddhism.

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