Born in London, UK, he was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order (now known as the Triratna Buddhist Order) in 1974 by his teacher, Urgyen Sangharakshita. Since 1978 he has been living in India working mainly amongst followers of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. He initiated and for many years, developed the Buddhist and social activities of the Triratna Bauddha Mahasangha, Sahayaka Gana (TBMSG) and Bahujan Hitay Trusts. Since the mid 1990’s he has concentrated on developing the Jambudvipa Trust, the Manuski Trust, and the Nagarjuna Training Institute. He is working with Nagarjuna Institute’s alumni to develop an effective all-India network of practitioners and activities.