John started life in country NSW, worked in agriculture including agricultural aid in South Korea, before becoming a journalist and documentary maker for the ABC. He has since trained in mental health counselling and psychotherapy and currently volunteers at the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross. He has been practising Insight Meditation and attending retreats with the Sydney Insights sanghas for the past 10 years.
Gawaine Powell Davies
I've had had a lifelong interest in the ideas of Buddhism, starting with a chance encounter at age 13 with Christmas Humphrey's book on Buddhism. I took up dharma practice seven years ago, since when I have sat regularly with Bluegum sangha. I have been delighted to find mysterious things come to life - and into my life - in very practical ways. I am now exploring how other long term interests such as philosophy and story telling can be woven into the fabric of dharma practice.
Jo Murphy became interested in Buddhism and meditation through the Gelug Mahayana Tradition at Buddha House in Adelaide. In Adelaide, Jo founded the Buddhist Council of South Australia, and the founding co-ordinator of the GumNut Buddhist Practice Group, led by Lama Yeshe’s student Wendy Finster. Jo is the secretary of SIM and attends the Illawarra Sangha.
Geri has practised meditation in a patchy sort of way for a couple of decades, but over the last few years the dharma has helped make sense with her practice. Much of her meditation comes from being out in the bush, which happens less frequently than she'd like. She attends Bluegum Sangha.