When a human heart turns
deeply and sincerely to truth
awakening to our true
essence becomes an
immediate and ever present
We live our precious human
life in devotion to what Christ
called “The One Thing.”
This clarity of intention
and unshakable resolve is
perhaps the greatest friend
Gavin lives on the Big Island of Hawai’i. He was born and raised in South Africa.
After a year of military service, he studied at The University of the Witwatersrand, graduating as a CPA. He left South Africa in 1974 and lived in Europe, England and Iran before settling in the USA. In 1981, he attended his first Insight Meditation retreat at the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo, Zululand, where he met his teacher, Joseph Goldstein. In the next years, he ordained as a Buddhist monk at the Taungpulu Forest Monastery in California before beginning a period of long-term retreat at The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusettes. Gavin is a recipient of the “Unsung Hero of Compassion” award, presented to him by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for kindness and quiet dedication to others.
He was honoured by the Mens’ Resource Centre in Amherst, Massachusettes with the “Challenge & Change” award in 1998 for “someone who personifies the positive ideals of masculinity.
Gavin leads retreats in Hawaii and South Africa. He is a student of Tai Chi, Yoga and Qi Gung. He is a poet, musician, artist and the author of In the Lap of the Buddha (Shambhala Publications, Boston 1994).
With snorkeling, swimming, mountain biking and hiking in Hawai’i Gavin continues his lifelong passion for intimacy with the ocean and nature. He is committed to supporting AIDS orphans, vulnerable children, women and men of Ufafa Valley, KwaZulu, South Africa and those who serve them at the Woza Moya Project.
It is a tremendous burden
to not act from love.