About

In the late ’80’s after a decade as a performing artist and songwriter in the music industry, I was tired, dispirited and wondering what the next phase of my life would be. I was in bad shape. I’d spent my twenties living a wild life, and touring hard with my band, and now I was physically and mentally exhausted, and disillusioned with all I had achieved to that point

At the time, I’d participated in a few New Age modalities, but I really didn’t like what I was finding – though they all spun beautiful dreams, they lacked the practical sense I needed.  I didn’t want wiffley-waffley dreams or affirmations, and I didn’t want to follow a guru or be anybody’s pawn  – I wanted a practical tool I could use to modify the human being I had become. I wanted something whose machinery I could adapt to my own needs and use to navigate my own course through life.

In Vipassana meditation I found such a tool – practical, grounded in common sense, and extremely adaptable to any circumstances, it was exactly what I had been looking for.

So, as with most things I’ve done, once I found a direction there was no half way, and nothing could stop me.  I headed for the source, a small meditation center in the rice paddies of South Eastern Thailand, where I found the teacher who, though he died in 1996, still inspires me – Acharn Thawee, and his assistants, Phra Manfred and Mae Che Brigitte.

Beginning in 1991, I began to spend a few months of each year in silent retreat at Sorn Thawee Meditation Centre.

Then, when Acharn Thawee died, I spent the next decade doing yearly training in a number of monasteries, learning various methods of Vipassana meditation and working under different Acharns – those being Luang Pu Sangvahn, Acharn Tippakorn, and more recently, Venerable Pemasiri at the Kanduboda Meditation Centre in Sri Lanka – a wonderful teacher.

All in all I’ve spent a large part of the last 25 years training in Vipassana meditation methods, and it’s given me abilities I never dreamed I might have before  – principally it gave me my health back and calmed me down – but most importantly, it gave me the ability to write books. Previous to that my concentration and intellect had been much too scattered to focus long enough to do such a thing.

In 1994 I wrote my first book on meditation, ‘Happy To Burn’ and founded Practical Meditation and Counseling.

Since then I have written ‘Love & Imagination’ (extending on ‘Happy to Burn’) and my first novel – ‘Levin’s God’ published in 2006.

I have taught meditation and led meditation seminars and retreats throughout Australia and in Bali, and continue to write, with a new novel, “Sweet Emptiness” recently completed.

I have also recorded the entire 12 hours of my meditation course and made it available for download from this blog, and my website at http://www.sankhara.com.au.

A free exercise from this course is available here for you to download – click here to get it – http://selz.co/1HsO8wB

I currently live with my girlfriend Anna in Thailand and travel throughout SE Asia … going wherever life and my activities take me.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello, Thank you for your article on becoming angry when meditating. I can’t even sit for 10 minutes without feeling of extreme boredom, frustration, and finally anger being there. I really appreciate your article and instead of giving up on meditation after years of sporadically trying, I am going to continue with your advice. Thank you for sharing yourself. D’Aun

    • Excellent … and you’re not alone … I think the biggest source of disturbance the modern mind has to deal with is profound rage. And it makes sense, when you consider the environment we have created for ourselves, where being still is almost totally foreign to us. So it’s important to understand the organism you have become, and accept the way it struggles during meditation, and try to accept the discomfort while relaxing around it. The more you can relax around the appearance of discomfort or pain, or even boredom, the faster it passes away – because a large component of our suffering in life is indeed, our negative reactions to it – and our habits of becoming anxious and tense when we suffer.
      And most important of all, keep practicing.
      Meditation is a bit like learning a musical instrument. You are training the mind in a whole set of habits which, once fully practiced, will become innate, at which point they sink into the unconscious, and the act of meditating infuses into your life.
      cheers,
      Roger

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