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Hi, I am Caroline. Starting this site has been part of a big process of change and growth for me. Both personally and in my work the last couple of years have seemed like a transitional period and it…Continue

Started by caroline brazier Jan 25, 2012.

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Comment by Adrian Debney on January 25, 2012 at 22:23

Hello! I'm Adrian (Kalyanaka). What can I say about myself? i live in Kings Lynn in Norfolk. First and foremost I am a father to 2 girls - one of 11 years and one of 11 months. Actually I have a theory that spiritual liberation can be found in parenthood as much as through meditation.. but that's another story already. I'm a nurse by profession and have done many interesting things within this sphere over the years - currently I specdialise in stroke care and much of my role is teaching and developing nurses and doctors. I've had an eventful life - Buddhism, counselling, coaching, teaching, volunteering, a bit of writing, poetry here and there, travelled a little, guitarist - you get the picture. I like getting older. At 42 I make more mistakes than ever and have much baggage - but I have colourful little life for all this.

My interests are many - music, cinema, culture, art, history, poetry, crptozoology! One thing about maturing is that you can indulge your passions fearlessly. I like tea. I like Bach. I like Sunday papers and the shipping news. I like Rupert Bear annuals. I like whipping down to Cambridge for books and coffee and I like whipping up to the coast for big skies and exquisite beaches. And dead 50 ft sperm whales, as I found out last week. I like to going to the summer archaeology digs. I love the Norfolk Broads ( Dharma Cruise anyone?).

As far as Buddhism is concerned I sort of started a number of years ago with Amida Trust, joined many different groups over the years (Zen, Theravada, Tibetan, FWBO) and landed back on Planet Amida.I loved Amida Trust from the outset because it tackled absolutely everything with this loveable eccentricity and resolve. I gravitated into Pureland orbit for many reasons, but mainly because it welcomes everyone - the strong, the weak, the broken, the hopeless, the guilty, the suffering, the poor. It knows no boundaries and the possibilities are infinite - the door is open folks and it doesn't matter who you are or what you've done. My hero, if you like, is Shinran - 'I am neither monk nor layman'. And neither am I.

I have many thoughts and ideas for Tariki if you'll let me share them at some point. At my hospital I support the hospital chaplains as part of the multifaith community and take little meditation classes, short instruction in Buddhist thought and history and such like, and I am still amazed at the scale of interest in it. The likes of Tariki Trust fly a noble and ancient flag. Here's to the future.

Comment by caroline brazier on January 25, 2012 at 22:29

What yuou are saying about parenthood as spiritual practice resonates for me having had twins! You might be interested in the Buddhism and teh feminine article I posted in the Women & Buddhism group. I know ists about motherhood but Im sure it applies to fatherhood too..

Comment by Adrian Debney on January 25, 2012 at 22:43

Thank you Caroline - I'll take a look - and I am sure that it will apply to men and fatherhood too.

Comment by Boryana Hristova Petrova-Desheva on March 8, 2013 at 9:38

Hello everybody. I am Boryana from Sofia, Bulgaria. I am happily married with two grown girls and small animal farm - 7 cats, a dog, a pigeon and a parrot.

The matters of life and death always fascinated me and took me different places. But everything really started with my second child’s birth. We turned toward homeopathy and up until now I treat my family, pets, friends and friends of friends with homeopathic remedies – which is basically information in potency. Parallel to this, on a look out for answers I went to study theology – for 7 years, then hypnosis – which was really amazing but very dangerous endeavor. There was this idea of mine to study thanatology but in Bulgaria there is no real chaplaincy movement and all the matters of dying are either solely dealt by the standard medicine or by priest – if somebody decides to call one.

Anyway, there was this one particular day I remember, when I realized – while taking out the garbage, that there is this band of suffering that encompasses the whole world, and I was like: I don’t want to go there, I don’t want to be part of it. But then again I was there – with the people who were counting on me to help them with their health problems. Thus I came to Buddhism – first Tibetan, then Zen… but really I found my refuge in the forest sangha tradition of Theravada. I dropped in myself as Jon Kabat-Zinn would say.

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OBITUARY- PERRY ISODORE IGOE

Friends, family and loved ones: greetings, and thank you for joining us for this celebration of the life of Perry Isadore Igoe.

Though we gather here today, bound by sorrow and loss, we share a precious gift. We were all privileged to live a life that has been touched by Perry. He possessed a number of extraordinary gifts, which he shared with us freely. None of these gifts, however, are more remarkable than his capacity for love in its purest, most sincere, and honest form. Love for his adored wife, his beloved daughters, his precious friends, and for nature that surrounds us all, especially the life breathed into us by the trees.

Perry was born August 1st 1963 and was very premature so spent the first six weeks of his life in an incubator where he captured the hearts of the nurses and midwives with his cuteness. The trademark infectious Perry smile is well known by all his friends and family so without a doubt, even as a baby he could melt hearts.

Growing up, he went to school in Braintree in Essex, where he lived with his mum Carol, his younger sister Tracey, and older brother Wayne.

Perry was severely dyslexic, so, as a young man, in a very lean job market, he looked for a practical career. He joined the RAF at 16 and served with them for 17 years in Biggin Hill, Brize Norton, Germany, and the Falkland islands. Perry was a peace loving soul and had no desire to ever take up arms, harm, or kill anyone. Since however there had been no wars for a long time, it felt like a fairly safe career for a fit young man. It suited Perry who loved to be part of a team.

When he was 23, Perry managed to search for and finally find his father, Isadore Griffin, who was Black American, which led to several visits to his father in the USA.  Sadly his father also died at an early age a few years later. But Perry has continued to keep regularly in touch with the American side of his family – he was always telling Liz that one day soon they would go to visit, what he jokingly called, - ‘the dark side’!

Perry then worked in logistics and stores for the RAF and was promoted to corporal but, as the Cold War ended, promotions in the RAF were increasingly hard to come by. So after 17 years Perry took voluntary redundancy, left the RAF and went to work for Motorola in Swindon. He bought a house with his then wife, Carrie, and lived in it with his two daughters Sian & Kylie and rather a lot of strange pets. 

Perry was a great believer in investing in property and at one point when he found his work hours cut down, he took on two other jobs and bought a house in Avebury, which he rented out for a while. He later moved to Avebury with his wife Antoinette and ran a B&B there. 

Avebury was a spiritual home for Perry – he loved the standing stones and he enjoyed the succession of eccentric, visiting tourists interested in the stone circles as well as the many crop circles that pop up in Wiltshire fields in the spring and summer months. Whilst Perry was there he was a member of a Wiccan coven and later a shamanistic group.

In 2007 Perry decided to train as a counsellor with the Buddhist Organisation, the Amida Trust – now re-named - the Tariki Trust. This was where he met Liz and they became good friends.  In 2009 they both qualified as counsellors. In his usual ‘speedy’ fashion Perry had completed the course in record time – under 2 years. He went on to work for an organisation which helped educate young people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Perry worked as a counsellor for several years before he finally fulfilled a life-long dream of buying a property ‘somewhere warm’.

In 2013 Perry moved again, lock stock and barrel, to the Serra De Estrella Mountains in Portugal where he quickly made a lot of friends among the ex-pats from the UK and Europe, all busy restoring old buildings and farming the land.

Perry and Liz met again accidentally in 2014 at the Buddhist House. They fell in love during a marathon 17.5 hour dinner and talked through the night and most of the following day. Since then Perry and Liz have been busy restoring their house in Portugal, affectionately named ‘The Ranch’ and have gone from having baths by candlelight in the goat shed, to a beautiful home with 3 bathrooms. Perry was never happier than when he was walking around the land working out watering systems and making sure the 150 trees he’d planted were growing well. Indicative of his altruistic personality and philosophy of sustainability, all the trees he planted at ‘The Ranch’ have been selected to provide for the next generations. A fan of tree nursing myself, I would often ask him about his trees and we would share videos and ideas for them. On a specific topic of his latest project, the Pecan trees, he mentioned how the earliest the small, 1-inch saplings would grow to bear fruit in 10 years, and it might be a good 20 before they reach maturity. “Perry,” I said, “that's ...a really long time.” To which he replied: “They aren't for me.”

And this is the type of person Perry was - always thinking of others first. Planning for the long term, working for a sustainable world, a world that works with nature, not against it. To paraphrase an ancient Greek proverb, “a wise man plants trees in whose shade he knows he will never sit.”

Perry had a great love of nature and the natural world, which he attributed to his Native American ancestors. His great love was trees, which he believed really spoke to him. So Perry returned to the Buddhist house to train in eco-therapy and shortly thereafter Perry and Liz started running eco-therapy and tree planting holidays in Portugal. Alongside his projects in Portugal, Perry joined several local eco-projects in Bristol.

On the 10th of July 2016, Perry and Liz married at Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire in a beautiful hand-fasting ceremony with over a 100 family and friends. Neither of them stopped smiling and laughing all day long, and Perry tore up the dance floor in what seemed like a union of John Travolta and Patrick Swayze. Since then they have spent six months of every year at the Ranch in Portugal and have welcomed many family and friends as visitors there.

Perry loved life – he just loved being here on this earth. Many people on this Earth believe in a higher power or greater purpose. Perry was content being himself, in this world, right now, enjoying the greatest and the smallest life has to offer. A true “Zen master”, as I like to describe him to my friends.

Perry was the most gentle and kindest of men – a true gentleman. Perry never had a bad word to say about anyone – not a criticism or judgement ever passed his lips. He didn’t swear, he didn’t argue, and he also didn’t drink alcohol, smoke, or even take tea or coffee. That is one reason why his death has been such a shock for all of us. Perry’s life was about love, acceptance, and working with others as part of a team, and he lived that out with every breath he took.

We have been lucky to know Perry in this life, we regret his passing on so soon, and so young, but his spirit and his legacy will remain among us – youthful, lively, fun, and full of love, and that oh-so-special smile.  We honour him.   

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