About the author

I have a BA in religious studies, focusing on South and Central Asian traditions, as well as a social science PhD. My views about cultures, philosophies, psychologies, religions, and the natural sciences are complicated, well-educated, and broadly explored. I have most wanted to be a contemplative of some kind, since I was a child, but a health problem keeps me from doing it as a profession.

“Monk in private” is a translation of a Pali word I made up, paccekabhikkhu, meaning someone who is a Buddhist monk privately, but who puts on a more worldly face for society for some reason. It is a modification of the Pali word paccekabuddha, meaning a Buddha who becomes enlightened privately and who doesn’t teach.

About this blog

This blog is where I collect life lessons I’ve learned over the years. I post them publicly and freely in the hope that they will be conducive to the wellness, happiness, and peace of others. Please do not trust, or have faith in, what this blog says. Please test what I say against your own experiences.


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Image credits

This site’s banner image is based on https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASattapanni.jpg, which has a Creative Commons BY-SA 2.5 license. It may be where the First Buddhist Council took place.

The Bo/Pipal leaf picture that I use as an avatar image comes from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pipal.jpg, which has a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.