Martin Evans

director_martin_evansMartin Evans first became interested in Buddhism in the 1970’s, studying Theravada Buddhism under the late Ven. Vajiragnana, former head of London Buddhist Vihara. He moved to Hemel Hempstead in 1979 and when Amaravati Buddhist Monastery was established in the mid 1980s he became one of their first local lay supporters.

He has attended many retreats lead by the monks and nuns of Amaravati, and being committed to the practise of mindfulness and insight meditation as taught in the Forest Sangha tradition he has not found the need to practice under any other Buddhist traditions.

His main sources of inspiration are the teachings of Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho. However, his reference point is the original Pali Theravada Suttas, rather than what people have said about them. He has a sufficient grounding in Pali to be able to have a go himself, when a translation doesn’t sit comfortably with his practice.

Over the years he has become an established lay teacher for Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association, and has taught a number of meditation retreats at Amaravati.

He retired in June 2010 as Head of Finance of a charitable Housing Association based in Buckinghamshire. He is a member of the Finance Committee of the English Sangha Trust, the Accountant of the London Buddhist Vihara and Treasurer of two charities helping children and young people in the developing world.

He has visited India and Sri Lanka to do charitable work as well as to go on pilgrimage.

He has been married for over 30 years and has two grown up children who are both professional musicians.

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