Welcome to Wise Attention: exploring what it means to practice Buddhism, mindfulness and ethics in the modern world

You’ll find reviews, talks, broadcasts, interviews and reflections on the arts and current events as well as background material to my book on the Buddha and the opportunity to learn mindfulness.

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I’m a writer and teacher of Buddhism, mindfulness and meditation. This site includes lots of my past material as well as new writing and current activities. I live in Cardiff, UK, with my wife and son and most of my work as a teacher and writer is focused on Buddhism. I recently published a biography of the Buddha with Quercus: Gautama Buddha: the Life and Teachings of the Awakened One. I discovered meditation and Buddhism when I was fourteen and became a Buddhist soon after. My Buddhist practice since 1980 has been focused on the Triratna Buddhist Order (previously known as the Western Buddhist Order) and I became a member of the Order in 1992. In 1996 I founded Dharma Life Magazine and edited it until 2005, and from 2003 to 2005 I had a coordinating role within the FWBO in the UK. Challenging Times is an anthology of writing from Dharma Life. I teach at the Triratna Centre in Cardiff and I’m President of the one in North London. Regular outlets for my writing and broadcasting include Tricycle: the Buddhist Review, The Guardian and BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day. I work as a trainer in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training through Mindfulness in Action. First I trained with Breathworks, one of the leading UK mindfulness training organisations, and then I trained in MBSR with Michael Chaskalson and the University of Bangor’s Centre for Mindfulness.