My name is Gertjan (aka Fox) and I live in Amsterdam with my partner Antoinette en 3,5 year old daughter Lotus. I’ve been practicing zen for some time and now also studying Pureland buddhism. Currently doing the Pureland introduction course and just started reading Dharmavidya’s ‘Authentic Life’. Looking forward to this journey. 😉
I hope you enjoy the journey too. I run Amida Bournville in Birmingham. I led my first practice session in a public space here last night. An interesting experience. What happens when we take our practice out into public spaces?
Well, I led a small group in Leicester when we lived there, but it was at home. Here in Birmingham, I’m starting from scratch, so it was literally just me and my partner, Ian, but instead of being at home we were in a Quaker Meeting House. The light was on and a curtain open so people could see where we were if anyone turned up and it felt like doing a private spiritual practice almost on the street. But it’s important to be there, I think, so that others can join if they want to.