Buddhist name: Nguyên Thiện Bảo
Quang Duc Monastery
Mob: 0422 357 693
Born in England in 1949, Steve migrated to Australia with his parents and two brothers in 1963. Four years later he joined the Australian Army in 1967, serving in Viet Nam from 1969 to 1971. It was there he met his wife of 44 years, Tuyet. Steve has four children and six grand children.
He served 26 years in the Army and 8 more years out of the Army, until he retired in 2001 due to ill-health. Steve continued his voluntary work with Vietnam Veterans (Australian & Vietnamese) and with the Vietnamese community in Melbourne.
In 2002, Steve and Tuyet (Buddhist name: Nguyên Thiện Hạnh) made their first visit to Quang Duc Monastery and took refuge in Buddhism (with Snr. Ven. Thich Tam Phuong) in 2003.
In 2006, he joined our pilgrimage to Taiwan, India & Nepal, where he said he felt humbled upon meeting His Holiness, The Dalai Lama.
In 2010, after helping to host the Jade Buddha of Universal Peace in 2009, he was asked if he would help to manage some of the USA & Canadian Tour. He & Tuyet spent over 4 months with the Jade Buddha, making many new friends on the journey.
In 2011, Steve travelled with Sangha and congregation members from around the world, to visit Japan, to distributed funds raised for Tsunami victims.
2014 - Steve continues to volunteer as our ‘English Secretary’ (now for almost 9 years) helping with administrative and other work, and is always there helping with our fundraising and special events throughout each year. He considers the GDPT to be part of his own extended family. Steve, helped by his wife Tuyet Lowe also fundraise each year by selling Tu Vi (Horoscopes) at Tet festivals throughout Melbourne.
Some photos from my Indian Buddhist Pilgrimage 2006