About the Minion That Is Me. And Why.
The end of my secondary education marked the beginning of my Buddhist path (if you want to call it that), and in the thirty-plus years since then have been study and practice in both worldly concerns and Dharma. More or less formal, more or less successful. And not ever boring.
Having been born (1967, in case you’re interested in that sort of thing) and raised in Berlin (Europe), I’ve been living (and of course studying and practicing, see above) in Asia since 2003. Mainly in Vietnam, both north and south, and yes, like east and west in Germany, we can still make that distinction after all these years). Partly in Thailand, and more recently, quite a bit in Nepal.
These days I call Saigon ‘home’ but mostly for convenience’ and communications’ sake. That’s where most of my stuff is and where I don’t have to bring a suitcase to stay. That’s also, thanks to being married with a wonderful Vietnamese, the only place outside of Europe where I am allowed to stay indefinitely. (The Global Village is still more an august ideal than a reality, and getting more so every year, what with the various delusions of group-selves growing everywhere like slow cancers.)
These past few years I’ve been on the road for a good part of the year every year, between Nepal, India, Europe, and traveling around Asia with Rinpoche.
When I don’t minionize in any of the ways described on this site, or study and try to practice Buddhadharma, I cycle quite a bit (hands-down the single best way to get around anywhere in Vietnam, and a free workout to boot), read voraciously, and occasionally binge-watch a whole TV series in a surprisingly short span of time.
If you’re interested in learning more, let’s have a good old-fashioned email conversation to get things going.