Geoff Hunt receives a gift from Ven. Seelawimala of London Buddhist Vihara on Vesak 3rd May 2015
New Buddha Way was founded in 2002 by Geoffrey Hunt, Buddhist Chaplain for the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. He has learned directly from a range of meditation practices, including Rinzai Zen, Thai Theravada, Tibetanism, Sufism and Western contemplative traditions before deciding to accept the role of a lay teacher making the Buddha's teachings accessible to a modern audience.
He was Professor of Ethics at the University of Surrey, UK until May 2008, and is now Visiting Professor in Buddhist Ethics at that university. He is currrently meditation teacher at an Alcohol & Drug Rehab Centre, and also teaching meditation at Whiteley Village (a village for the elderly). Previously he was the voluntary chair of the ethics committee of a major hospice for 12 years and chair of a NHS Trust mental health ethics committe. He is an international speaker and writer on the ethics of professionals, organizations and new technologies. He was the founder of 'Freedom to Care', a whistleblower support group, and founder of the International Centre for Nursing Ethics (now International Care Ethics Observatory, I.C.E.).
He is the author of several books on employees speaking up in the public interest (whistleblowing), and on ethical aspects of health and social care, as well as on the risks of new technologies. He was a Visiting Professor at Kagawa University, Japan in 2001 and regularly attended a Rinzai-shuu temple for instruction during that period. Earlier in his life he taught in Africa (Lesotho and Nigeria) for 12 years.
New Buddha Way is run by the Board of Trustees (three women, three men) and a group of other volunteers. See photo of this group below, taken in May 2015.