We were delighted to welcome Alistair Appleton who gave the Senior School lecture last Friday. Alistair mentions the lecture in his own blog which can be found here: Do Buddhists Watch TV?
The lecture was a reflection on Alistair’s career. But he used that as a springboard to discuss themes such as fame and meditation. The most moving part of the lecture was when he reminded the listeners that: “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” (Taken from the Desiderata)
‘It was in 2000, alongside his successful career in television, that Alistair Appleton began his serious involvement in meditation. Trained mainly in the Buddhist tradition, Alistair took refuge with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, the abbot of Samye Ling Monastery in 2000 and sat several retreats at this extraordinary monastery in the Scottish borders and in the meditation hermitage on Holy Island near Arran. In the following years, however, it was the simpler, more direct teachings of the Thai Forest tradition that caught Alistair’s attention. He studied at Chithurst Monastery in Sussex with the sangha around Ajahn Sumehdo and completed a retreat at the famous training monastery in Thailand, Wat Pah Nanachat.He also studied with the wonderful teacher Ajahn Amaro who is abbot at Abhayagiri Theravadan monastery in Mendocino County, California.’ More can be found here.