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Awakingbody, like myself, is a work in progress, a mix of learnt practices, offered in a direct, secular way for all to take away from it what they like. It is rooted in Zen - a defintion of which is 'That which is found in deep meditation', this as far as I can make out is love - truly secular.
I established a daily meditation practice in 1992 as part of a Twelve Step recovery program to allay my primary addictions to drugs and alcohol. I've been clean and sober for over 25 years, now sharing my practice to help others experience the same joy and freedom I do.
Initially training in a Soto Zen tradition, I first took Buddhist lay ordination in 1996 and have been practicing daily meditation for 25 years. I've been practising yoga and qi qong since the early 90s. I also stand in a lineage as a Junior level Zen Teacher under the guidance of Zen Master Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi in the Rinzai Zen tradition and am qualified as a Zen yoga and mindfulness teacher.
Given the name Daigu 'Great Fool' by my teacher Daizan is an honour as this has been a non cerebral process of awakening. Our lineage is known as 'the lineage of fools'.
I've spent the last 4 years sharing time and food with the homeless in Brighton alongside my brother and fellow teacher Luke and share ongoing practices and courses with fellow addicts and those in need of recovery on a donation basis.
Matt with Daizan Skinner Roshi