On Kusaladana

I’m a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order connected to the Ipswich and Colchester Sanghas. So you can look them up. I have recently retired after some forty years in research and development in the physical sciences and lecturing in electronics, computing, internet and media.

I’ve set up this website to give me a venue to encourage me to conceptualise a bit and write more. So I hope to explore some ideas here and expand and tease them out over time.

The site is also to act as a place where you can see any classes I am involved with. Some will include zoom links so you can participate.

This is quite an introspective space. It’s a space for musing and sharing with whoever occasionally looks, possibly prompted by me. Its not ‘The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy’ or ‘David Copperfield’ but its may turnout like that hopefully at least a useful space to explore ideas about a life led.

The concepts of path and process are now key to this looking. Questions like ‘what are the driving forces that lead towards happiness, and what are the forces that lead away from it?’ Very Buddhist really. These replace earlier questions like, ‘What makes mind make matter move?’ and its corollary ‘What makes matter make mind move?’. These questions that have been in the background of my mind for most of my life and why I studied and practiced physics most of my life.

I am really taken by , muse a lot around, the conditioned as constraints defining forms and the relationship between unconditioned in the Buddhist sense and unconstrained in the scientific sense. I’ve been looking at the constrained, conditioned and conditionality and I am teasing out ideas on that here:

On Constraints, the Unconditioned and Conditionality

So before looking back lets have a look at how I see myself now.

My life, any life, is defined by impermanent, ego driven, constraints. That’s a universal view. I have more to say about the mind and constraints here in constraints.org.uk. Now I don’t currently know what the main constraints shaping this mind are but at any moment I can feel the results on the mental state and events that arise. I don’t really even know how to define the constraints through they appear strongly to be connected to ethics and mindfulness. Ethics define the open spaces and dark corners in the mind. I hope by attending to meditation things will become positive and apparent.

My main interest in life is practicing and communicating Buddhism and meditation in the context of a supportive Buddhist community. I also find myself reading Buddhist, Science and SciFi text. On a practical level I Cook , Garden, landscape and build and I and travel and socialise when possible. I have a bit of an obsession with following up ideas on the nature of matter and mind from the perspectives of Buddhism and Physics.

Some background on me.

I grew up in Glasgow in a large Catholic family and I started meditating in my teens in 1971. I was influenced by Lob Sang Rampa and through my sister, Gerry, the Indian Mystic Yogananda. I became very interested in Buddhism in in 1984 and was a committed Buddhist by 1986. I was ordained in 2012 as a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order.

I’m now connected to the Ipswich and Colchester Sanghas with a past in the London Buddhist Centre and North London Buddhist Centers. You can look these up. After some forty years in research and development and lecturing in the physical sciences I have now retired and life a fairly quiet life, developing my practice of Buddhism and following my interests.