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Alexander Peck (Brisbane, Australia)
I am a layperson who discovered Buddhism, and the meaningfulness of the Dharma, rather late in life, and only about three years ago. However, in my enthusiasm for what I am learning, I have created this website looking at Buddhist spirituality.
In one way or another, I have been drawn to the understanding and practice of spirituality for most of my life.
In looking back, I have spent a lifetime searching for meaning. From Australia, the search led me overseas where I studied at a Christian liberal arts college both in England and the United States. For two decades I worked for a religious organization in the United States.
Later, I also had the opportunity to teach English in the Czech Republic (eight years), South Korea (four years), and for one year in Saudi Arabia.
Finally, in returning to Australia, I completed two Masters degrees with an emphasis in spirituality through two accredited institutions (Sydney College of Divinity and the University of Newcastle). Following this, I turned to pursuing Buddhist studies.
I find the following words from the Dhammapada (verses 19 and 20) instructive: “If a man speaks many holy words but he speaks and does not, this thoughtless man cannot enjoy the life of holiness: he is like a cowherd who counts the cows of his master. Whereas if a man speaks but a few holy words and yet he lives the life of those words, free from passion and hate and illusion – with right vision and a mind free, craving for nothing both now and hereafter – the life of this man is a life of holiness” (Mascaró, Juan, trans. The Dhammapada: The Path of Perfection. Translated from the Pali with an introduction by Juan Mascaró. London: Penguin Books, 1973).
May what I share on this website benefit all – both those seeking a path toward enlightenment and those who may not be.
Alexander Michael Peck
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