Its Ben from Dhamma Wheel and originally Ben O'Loughlin from E-Sangha. For those who haven't met me, my story in the Dhamma began again when I took refuge for the first time on my 22nd birthday nearly 24 years ago under SN Goenka's assistant teachers Graham (deceased) and Anne Gambie. Back then, someone told me that it was on the anniversary of the full-moon night of the Buddha's enlightenment. My birthday falls around the time of Wesak and it may have been true. Since that time, I have continued to practice that peculiar form of Burmese Buddhism that has been propagated in the west as 'vipassana meditation' of and on for the last 24 years. Recently, more diligently and more seriously than at other times. Over 20 years ago I had the opportunity to sit and serve Mr Goenka both here in Australia and in India. Over the last five years, I have served a local community of co-practitioners in Central Victoria by hosting the weekly group sit. A few months ago I moved from Victoria to Tasmania where I am finding my feet again with employment and connecting with a local group of practitioners.
Over the last couple of years i feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve the global online sangha through moderating at e-Sangha and at Dhamma Wheel.
Apart from all things Dhamma related, I am married with one grown up and two young kids. My interests include hanging out with my family, practicing target archery with my boys (sometimes I would like to use them as targets!) and adopting 'retired' greyhounds.
That's it from me and i hope you find Dharma Wheel beneficial for your practice.