Maitreyabandhu was born in 1961, in Henley-in-Arden,
Warwickshire. Initially trained as a nurse at the Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry,
he went on to study fine art at Goldsmiths College, London, alongside Sarah
Lucas and Damien Hirst. He started attending classes at the London Buddhist
Centre (LBC) in 1986, and moved into a residential spiritual community above
the LBC in 1987. He was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1990.
Since then he has lived and worked at the LBC, teaching Buddhism and
meditation. He has written three books on Buddhism,Thicker than Blood: Friendship on the Buddhist Path (2001), Life with Full Attention: A Practical Coursein Mindfulness (2009) and The Journey and the Guide: A Practical Course in Enlightenment (2015), all withWindhorse
Publications. He founded Poetry East in 2010, a new poetry venue exploring the
relationship between spiritual life and poetry, and attracting many of the UK’s
foremost poets. Maitreyabandhu
has won prizes for his poetry, including the Keats-Shelley Prize, the Basil
Bunting Award, and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize. His debut collection, The Crumb Road (Bloodaxe, 2013) is a Poetry Book Society
Recommendation; his new collection Yarn
is published by Bloodaxe Books in October 2015.