In March 2018 I was able to meet with my Buddhist hero, author and spiritual teacher, Sangharakshita.

Affectionately known as Bhante (Teacher) throughout the worldwide Triratna Buddhist Order, He sadly died in the October of that year.

Here follows my first question.

I have Multiple Sclerosis and so I was wondering how do I practice the Dharma with a health condition? And also how are you coped, Dharmically, when you were in distress with your own health?
Well in what way are you affected practically, by the fact that you have Multiple Sclerosis?

The eyes, the feet, the hands, The chest, my left side, my balance and my cognition. Quite problematic.

But you can reflect? You can be aware?


Well then that’s a great blessing. Aware of your movements? Whatever they may be? Whether you’re sitting? Whether you’re walking and talking? If you’re able to do that, despite your Multiple Sclerosis, means that you are practising quite a bit of the Dharma.

Full conversation below.

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Tom Llewellyn

Hello! My name is Tom Llewellyn and I’m a former long distance runner. In December 2010, I was diagnosed with relapsing remitting Multiple Sclerosis. Several years later in November 2017, I was re-diagnosed with a progressive form of the condition. I now use a walking stick to get around. I write about my journey with the condition of MS – and also of life – documented over the course of several years. Much of the subject matter is about my scars and my healing. Not forgetting Public Enemy and DJing!

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