bio for "zendo" list
Hi, I'm Andrew Macnab, I've been a subscribed to this list for a year or so. I'm 46
years old, born in London England, grew up in Toronto, moved to Nova Scotia with my
family as a teenager. Married 20 years, no kids.
Live in rural Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. Work for a building contractor
specialising in insurance work. My father was an Anglican priest, I discovered Zen
from books (D.T.Suzuki, Thomas Merton, Alan Watts) borrowed from his study as a
teenager, was immediately hooked. Mirrors shattered in a time of intense meditation
following the sudden death of my mother shortly after. Without assistance, integration
of this understanding was slow and arduous. Took engineering, then philosophy at a
jesuit university, left without a degree. I have been a regular meditator, mostly
alone, sometimes with friends all my adult life. Studied tai-chi and kung fu with a
chinese teacher for a few years. It is only fairly recently that there has been a real
sense of integration of being in the world and be-ing. I read whatever comes into my
hands to do with zen, buddhism, tao, nonduality in general; somehow, there has been a
continuous stream. I am especially drawn to Dogen, Nagarjuna, Lao tse, Sankara, and in
the twentieth century the advaitin sages Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj.
Participating in a few mailing lists since getting internet a few years ago has
developed a joy of sangha out of which I am now moving into increasing connections in
the local community. Life goes on...