I have recently returned to Australia after living in India and Bhutan for the last decade. I had lots of wonderful and thrilling adventures, studied languages, Buddhism, traditional medicines and did a lot of voluntary work with animals and vet hospitals and shelters. I am now finishing my Ph.D. and have to write a lot of words before I'm free to toddle off to Asia again!
I live in the inner west and love walking to the fab vegan restaurants on King St and seeing awesome films at the Dendy. I also like cooking for friends and gardening, bush walking, swimming, and reading. Although most of my recent reading is for my research and a bit heavy- hence the regular Dendy fix! My recent favourite was Wonder Woman... and am looking forward to The Chicken People documentary coming up.
I have had a deep appreciation and empathy for animals since I was very young. However, when growing up in a meat eating family in country Queensland, the idea of vegetarianism never occurred to me until I read The Higher Taste from the Hare Krishnas when I went to uni. I immediately became vegetarian, sometimes vegan, up until this day. Studying at vet school reinforced all the arguments for a vegetarian diet. It was obvious that it is impossible to provide for animal welfare in modern farms, especially intensive farms. The procedures done to farm animals would be illegal animal cruelty if performed on companion animals. This is a part of the schizophrenic attitude towards animals in our societies.
I very quickly came to appreciate the other health, environmental and karmic benefits of a vegetarian/ vegan diet. Now I don't see any difference between the muscle flesh of a dog, pig, cow, horse, dolphin, fish, budgie, chicken, human, and have an equal aversion to eating meat from any of those creatures.
While living in South Asia, vegetarianism was the norm. So returning to Australia was such a culture shock, to find people attacking you for your culinary choices. After living in vegetarian houses for 20 years, I couldn't cohabit with meat eaters anymore, nor date one. So I am looking for a fellow vegetarian/ vegan man who has a streak of adventure, a spiritual practice, is kind and sensuous, and is active and loves the outdoors. I am normally quite active with volunteering, both for animals and my Buddhist community, and adventurous- visiting the Himalayas regularly, hiking, touring, motorbiking. It would be great if you wanted to come sometimes.