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April 27, 2015
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My Yurt Escape

Yurt in the UK

I have recently moved into a Yurt. Ever since going on my first meditation retreats, I have longed for somewhere quite, somewhere still, to escape to, to be in nature close to the teachings. I am so very lucky that I did not have to wait all that long, only a four or so years. [...]

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April 27, 2015
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Use of content on blog

Good evening!   This is to clarify to anyone that asks: The content that is on this blog can be used by anyone and for any purpose that promotes the wellbeing of others. Please do not use it to try to cause arguments or to start debates. Please also note that the point of view [...]

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August 22, 2013
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Theravada Chanting by Venerable Vajiradhamma Thera

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December 10, 2012
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15. The Road to Lhasa

The Potala Palace

  The Road to Lhasa was a long one; a further two days of our driver manically speeding along perilous cliff roads, overtaking on blind corners and playing Chinese electro music on full pelt. By this point he had gained a total disregard for his passengers and Charlie and I had learned to simply live [...]

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November 09, 2012
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The dangers of 4G

4G poster

I saw a sign this morning. The title was ‘OM4G’. It was advertising the new 4G Network, which promises to be the ‘fastest’ network ever. The sign made me think. Aside from the obvious: that mankind is becoming so addicted to instant gratification that we have all but lost the ability to be still, patient [...]

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October 24, 2012
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Where to go to meditate

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Over the past few years I have meditated in quite a few different places, sometimes travelling many weeks to get there. Below I have listed the places that my friends and I have found to have the most still, stunning and energetically held spaces. I hope that you might have the good fortune of being [...]

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October 19, 2012
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14. Mt Kaliash to Shigatse

Me on a sand dune in Tibet

Mt Kaliash to Shigatse For the final leg of our journey we headed from Mt Kailash and made our way onto Lhasa, stopping of along the way at various towns and settlements, including Shigatse. The road that took us there was brand new, having been completed only a few months before. All conditioned things are [...]

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October 11, 2012
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13. Mt Kailash and the Kora.

Mt Kailash

Mt Kailash and the Kora. Crossing to Tibet was an extremely surreal experience, and was about as far from what I expected as possible. The border crossing provides a stark contrast to the peaceful people of the Limi Valley. Chinese soldiers stand guard at the border, turning away anyone without a special Tibet pass. The [...]

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October 11, 2012
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12. The Limi Valley.

Himalayan view

  The Limi Valley. I returned to Kathmandu and met up with Charlie, a friend who I had met a few years back on my first Vipassana retreat. Charlie is an unapologizing hippy, meditator and all round kook. But he is also a great man with a heart the size of Asia. We readied ourselves [...]

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October 10, 2012
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11. Lawudo Gompa.

Lawudo Gompa Retreat Centre

Lawudo Gompa. My aspiration to spend time in solitude, as a hermit, had not left me. Before leaving Bali I had managed to locate a small and incredibly isolated meditation cave with a small Gompa in the Himalayas, about a five-day climb from Everest base camp. To get there you can either fly into the [...]

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October 10, 2012
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10. Preparing for Mt Kailash.

Sunset on Gili Islands

Preparing for Mt Kailash. Over the next few months I focused intently on my meditation. I attended three retreats and spent a great deal of time meditating and doing chi gung. I kept my precepts to the letter and felt an immense spaciousness come upon me. I was not able to have long, two hour [...]

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October 10, 2012
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9. The Business.

Vine Magazine

The Business. I left Beacon Bank and headed to Greece to travel on my own for a few weeks, visiting Delphi, the home to the ancient Greek Oracle and one of the most stunning and mystical places that I have ever been. After a few weeks in Italy I then returned to the UK to [...]

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October 10, 2012
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8. Beacon Bank.

Beacon Bank Damma Hall

Beacon Bank. I went to bed that night exhausted. But I felt very safe for the first time in a month. I woke up equally as exhausted but managed to pick myself up and head for the first sit. About ten minutes into the sit, Burgs gave me a knowing look. “Are you okay?” He [...]

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October 09, 2012
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7. Leaving LA

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Leaving LA Upon moving into our apartment in August 2009 my girlfriend made friends with one of our neighbours. She was a Puerto Rican girl, twenty-three years of age, who was dating an up and coming director. She had a five-year-old daughter from a previous relationship who lived with her. My girlfriend and her became [...]

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October 09, 2012
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6. Back to normality.

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Back to normality. Leaving retreat and settling back into the swing of things was very destabilising. I had very little time in England and was on a plane back to Los Angeles almost straight away. Burgs had invited me to join a five-month meditation retreat that he was holding, but I had shied away from [...]

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October 09, 2012
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5. My First Retreat

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My first retreat. Just before I went on retreat I went to visit a famous Psychologist. My other brother, who had been suffering from severe depression for a decade, wanted to introduce me to the man who had been helping him, so that I had an alternative to the Meditation route. I was very open [...]

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October 09, 2012
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4. Introduction to Damma.

Beyond the Veil Book

  Introduction to Damma. In Christmas of 2008 I received a lot of gifts. My father and mother teamed up to buy me a beautiful bespoke Savile Row suit. I received Turnbull and Asser shirts, theatre tickets, jumpers, DVDs and all other manner of expensive presents. As is customary, I also received less expensive or [...]

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October 08, 2012
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3. The Crash.

Peripheral Neuropathy Brain

  The Crash. I remember very clearly the day that my legs gave up on me, rendering my barely able to leave my flat. It had taken a while for life to settle back down after the big falling out. But, as is the way, after a few months, things began to return to normality. [...]

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October 08, 2012
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2. Hollywood

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Hollywood. I am an actor by trade. Four years ago I was living in an extremely swanky apartment in the Hollywood Hills with my girlfriend of two years, an American actress and model who had just finished filming what was set to be a successful television show. At the time I was still at drama [...]

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October 08, 2012
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Hello

Hello and thank you for finding Peace by Peace. This blog is my way of sharing my adventures and my journey from Hollywood actor to Buddhist meditator and yogi. The world is in need of nothing. It is unfolding perfectly: a perfect reaction to its conditioning. But people yearn for peace. All sentiment beings yearn [...]

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