Blog Introduction

For more on the purpose and origin of this blog, click here for the inaugural post.

About the blogger

I guess it’s important to say a few words about myself to declare my lens on the world. We all have one – coloured by our world view, personality, character and experience. Here are some of the things from my life experience that colour my lens on the world:
  • I’m Australian, therefore relatively un-encumbered by history, tradition, and the obligations that go with those things. This allows a questioning and sense of possibility that I sense can be obscured in stronger/older cultures.
  • The first decade of my life was spent living in the country where I acquired a distaste for ’spin’ and pretentiousness and an attention to substance more than form.
  • I had a father who proudly claimed to have an ‘in-built crap detector’ which I seem to have inherited. Truth is one of my most deeply held values. Over time I've learned that truth alone can be harmful - it needs to be treated with care. The Buddha's criteria are very helpful here: is it true? is it helpful? is it the right time?
  • My father was my own school principal for the first 6 years of my schooling and so early on I was exposed to many people in positions of authority. This taught me that authorities are still people with the normal human flaws, so to never accept unquestioningly. This also benefitted me by removing the need for approval from those in positions of authority which reduces the fear associated with challenging them.
  • I’m a registered psychologist, so I am practised at observing human behaviour and hypothesising & testing cause and effect of the same. I am always refining my understanding of the human experience and have found the dharma a rich source and corroboration of that understanding.
  • I’m an entrepreneur and business owner so I have experienced and managed human behaviour in the corporate world as well as the free world. This allows me to test my learnings in both settings.
  • I went to a variety of schools as a youth and as such have fraternised with a large variety of people from different cultural and socio-economic groups. This allows me to see things from many points of view.
  • I’ve travelled quite a bit so have observed a diversty of forms that ‘normal life’ can take. This helps me stay open to the fact that there's no one right way to live life.
  • I teach intensive leadership development programs so am deeply experienced in the process of human change and growth (and the resistance to it). Growth is one of my deepest held values.
  • I’ve been exploring the dharma since about 2006 primarily through modern secular insight meditation practices with a focus on knowing the core teachings of the Buddha as directly as possible through the Pali canon. I believe that knowing the Buddha's teachings as directly as possible is important so that they can be adapted intelligently without losing the important bits.
Lenorë Lambert