The MWS Podcast 101: Jim Champion – member profile

In this latest member profile, Jim Champion talks to us about his background, how he became interested in science and his career as a physics teacher. He also talks about why he joined the society and his understanding of the Middle Way.

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About Barry Daniel

I live in the Lake District in the UK where I run a guesthouse with my partner Kate and my cat Manuel. I enjoy painting, hillwalking, reading, visiting and entertaining friends, T’ai Chi and playing the guitar. I’m engaged to a certain degree in the local community, as a volunteer with Samaritans and I’m a fairly active member of the local Green party. I’ve had a relatively intuitive sense of the Middle Way most of my adult life but it found a greater articulation and a practical direction through joining the society. It’s also been interesting and great fun engaging with other people with a similar outlook. My main contribution to the society is conducting the podcast interviews, something that gives me a lot of satisfaction and that I’ve learnt a lot from.

4 thoughts on “The MWS Podcast 101: Jim Champion – member profile

  1. It’s good to hear more about Jim, and I look forward to meeting him!

    It’s striking that this is the first member profile we’ve had for some time (since Barry’s own, in fact). No need for members to be shy! Given the geographically scattered nature of the society’s membership, I think this is potentially quite an important way for members to get to know each other. It’s also a chance to share your own interests and distinctive ways of engaging with the Middle Way. If you’re relatively new to the society, I’d recommend listening to some of the earlier member profiles, which you can find on

  2. Great podcast. I also look forward to meeting Jim in person, it seems we share much in common, such as finding it difficult to attend many retreats due to family commitments. As yet I have not attended a week long retreat but do find weekend ones easier to get to.

    I have also found words like ‘spiritual’ difficult to use without negative associations, but in many cases this is changing; I have even recently found a way to relate to Jesus as a figure of inspiration (more on this in an upcoming blog).


  3. It’s quite an odd experience listening to an interview with yourself… Out of the comfort zone.

    I’ve literally just finished reading the book “Waking up” by Sam Harris, subtitled ‘Searching for spirituality without religion’. At the start he makes very clear the way in which he uses the term ‘spiritual’, and it’s one that I can identify with. I was partly motivated to read the book by Barry’s question involving the term ‘spiritual’.

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