I've been actively involved with the Triratna Buddhist community since 1992. As with many other people, my personal journey has it's sign posts of significant people, significant books, turning points, deeper realizations, and extra-ordinary but none-the-less ordinary experiences. And this whole rabbit hole of a journey began where I was then standing when I first started to wake up to myself and the world around me more fully ... and has since led me into widening Triratna sanghas at Aryaloka Retreat Centre in New Hampshire USA, Cambridge England where I was ordained in 1999, Sydney Australia, and most recently Auckland New Zealand.
These days I contribute as best I can by leading courses, classes and retreats at the Auckland Buddhist Centre, collaborating with others to develop retreat facilities in New Zealand, and being part of a local and international team responsible for the men's ordination training process. These are some of the formal ways.
I live with my partner in Grey Lynn, drive a silver blue 2006 Toyota Corolla (not flash but it keeps turning on without costing lots of money), and I still follow American football.